95 definitions by Mikhail Epstein

scientify verb transitive (science + suffix ify, from Latin -ficare and -facere, to make or do) - to make smth more scientific, to subject to scientific views, rules and concepts.
He has tried hard to scientify his paper, but it still remains a provocative essay rather than a consistent argument.

She has scientified her diet and as a result got a distaste for food.
by Mikhail Epstein November 09, 2003
foodnik n food + suffix nik Ð someone for whom food and eating are main joys of living and are full of sacral significance.


He invites me to cook together a dinner, but I will hardly meet his expectations. He is a real foodnik.
by Mikhail Epstein November 06, 2003
inventure (invention+adventure) Ð an adventure of mind, creative and engaging intellectual action.

This book is about the invention of radio, but it reads like a thriller, with one inventure piled upon another.

By cutting reason down to size and establishing its ÒproperÓ limits, Kant encouraged subsequent inventures, a never-ending quest to reach beyond the limits of rational thought.


by Mikhail Epstein November 06, 2003
conaster n from Latin cum, with + Greek astron, star - literally with star, the exact antonym to disaster; the fortunate outcome of an almost imminent disaster; the sensation of a catastrophe narrowly averted and later remembered from the vantage point of safety.


There were several conasters in my life that I cannot recall without thanking God for his undeserved mercy.

You were born under a lucky star. This conaster is an amazing mixture of chance and miracle.
by Mikhail Epstein November 02, 2003
to advertise by dread, to engage in military propaganda.


There are skilled dreadvertisers in our government.
by Mikhail Epstein October 02, 2003
the world after the death of Steve Jobs
We now live in the jobsless and steveless world
by Mikhail Epstein October 06, 2011
corporeal computer, an electronic prosthetic device that through many interconnected microchips and artificial neurons has become a part of human body.
In the future, computers will be transformed into corputers and become integrated with human bodies.
by Mikhail Epstein November 14, 2010

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