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Explication   /ˌɛkspləkˈeɪʃən/   Listen
Explication

noun
1.
The act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc..
2.
A detailed explanation of the meaning of something.



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... physique et d'histoire naturelle, etablis sur des bases de raisonnement independantes de toute theorie; avec l'explication de nouvelles considerations sur la cause generale des dissolutions, sur la matiere du feu; sur la couleur des corps; sur la formation des composes; sur l'origine des mineraux; et sur l'organisation des corps vivants. Lus a la premiere classe de l'Institut ...
— Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution - His Life and Work • Alpheus Spring Packard

... men are fewer. Whence their emanation, where and how they got their power, and by what rule they lived, moved and had their being, we cannot see. There is no explication to these lives. They rose from shadow and went in mist. We see them, feel them, but we know them not. They arrived, God's word upon their lips; they did their office, God's mantle upon them; and they passed away God's holy light between the world and them, leaving behind a memory half mortal and ...
— Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday • Various

... divine explication of the chiefest articles of our Christian belief," the Athanasian Creed,(2) is made the object of incessant assaults.(3) But then it is remembered that statements quite as "uncharitable" as any which this Creed contains are found in the 16th verse of S. Mark's concluding ...
— The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark • John Burgon

... on beauties. In the last twelve essays on Milton's poem he had shown a new way in critical writing, the way of particular as opposed to general criticism, with the selection of specific details for praise and explication; in his essay on the Imagination he had sought to find a rationale for that kind of criticism: in which a man of true taste, going beyond the mechanical rules, "would enter into the very Spirit and Soul of Fine Writing, and shew us the several Sources of that Pleasure which ...
— Some Remarks on the Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Written by Mr. William Shakespeare (1736) • Anonymous

... nature besides that of its essential goodness are sure to make themselves evident, soon or late. And among these is that of its radical insufficiency to its own needs. It is a rational nature, and it seeks the Supreme Reason, if only for its own self-explication. It is a nature which, wherever found, is found in the attitude of adoration, and neither in the individual man nor in humanity at large is there any Divinity ...
— Life of Father Hecker • Walter Elliott

... civilisees, dans la fondation seculaire de ce chef-d'oeuvre politique de la sagesse humaine, doivent etre enfin irrevocablement perdus pour l'elite de l'humanite sauf les resultats, capitaux mais provisoires, qui s'y rapportaient immediatement. Cette explication generale, deja evidemment motivee par la suite des considerations propres a ce chapitre, sera de plus en plus confirmee par tout le reste de notre operation historique, dont elle constituera spontanement la ...
— Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews • Thomas Henry Huxley

... as might bring them to some seeming agreement with the less rigid of the followers of the Lutheran opinion. At the same time Bucer, who presided over the flourishing church of Strasburg, was engaged in framing yet another explication of this important rite, by which he vainly hoped to accommodate the consciences of all these zealous and ...
— Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth • Lucy Aikin

... Arians, Helvicones, Manimians; Elysians and Naharvalians. Amongst the Naharvalians is shown a grove, sacred to devotion extremely ancient. Over it a Priest presides apparelled like a woman; but according to the explication of the Romans, 'tis Castor and Pollux who are here worshipped. This Divinity is named Alcis. There are indeed no images here, no traces of an extraneous superstition; yet their devotion is addressed to young men and to brothers. Now the Arians, besides their forces, in which ...
— Tacitus on Germany • Tacitus

... paragraph, satisfactory to him in the slightest, about the emotional sum of a man and a woman. What he read he couldn't believe; it was a paste of moralistic lies; either that or the writer had no greater power of explication than he. But, while he might deny a fundamental irregularity, the majority of men, secretly delivered to one thing, would preach virtuously at him the other. He recalled how universal were the traces of dissatisfaction he had noticed; an uneasiness of the masculine world that resembled ...
— Cytherea • Joseph Hergesheimer

... law, this depends not so much upon the law of revelation or of nature, as upon the wisdom and will of the legislator. This doctrine, which before was slightly touched, deserves a more particular explication. Those rights then which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as are life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any ...
— Commentaries on the Laws of England - Book the First • William Blackstone

... endanger the lives of divers men." Cecil said, "I pray you, Mr. Garnet, what encouraged Catesby that he might proceed, but your resolving him in the first proposition? What warranted Faukes, but Catesby's explication of Garnet's arguments? As appears infallibly by Winter's confession, and by Faukes, that they knew the point had been resolved to Mr. Catesby, by the best authority." It was evident, therefore, that he did not merely ...
— Guy Fawkes - or A Complete History Of The Gunpowder Treason, A.D. 1605 • Thomas Lathbury

... this point Bergaigne deprecates the application of the ritualistic method, and says in words that cannot be too emphasized: "Mais qui ne voit que de telles exptications n'expliquent rien, ou plutot que le detail du rituel ne peut trouver son explication que dans le mythe, bien loin de pouvoir servir lui-memes a expliquer le mythe?... Ni le ciel seul ni la terre seule, mais la terre et le ciel etroitement unis et presque confondus, voila le vrai domaine de la mythologie vedique, mythologie ...
— The Religions of India - Handbooks On The History Of Religions, Volume 1, Edited By Morris Jastrow • Edward Washburn Hopkins

... cette maniere de penser, la formation de cristallizations quartzeuses qu'on trouve dans certaines geodes de cette province, et celle des mines de cristal des hautes montagnes. En supposant meme comme vraie l'explication qu'il en donne, on trouveroit en cela un des plus grands probleme, et des plus difficiles a resoudre qu'il y ait en mineralogie; car d'abord il faudroit expliquer comment un si petite quantite d'eau que ...
— Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4) • James Hutton

... arranged to leave for the south in a few days, and was more than ever anxious for some explication of the mystery. A single further mode only occurred to me; I would go to the concierge next door, and under pretence of looking for rooms, would have him conduct me through ...
— Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848 • Various

... is received in this Church, so far as it declares the Books of Homilies to be an explication of Christian doctrine, and instructive in piety and morals. But all references to the constitution and laws of England are considered as inapplicable to the circumstances of this Church, which also suspends the order for the reading of said Homilies in Churches, until a revision of them ...
— The Book of Religions • John Hayward

... l'orgueil par lesquelles l'homme est si souvent seduit, ne prenons jamais les hommes, mais toujours Dieu pour notre terme de comparaison."[378] The first uses four and nine in various ways, of which I have quoted one: the second says, "Et ici se trouve deja une explication des nombres quatre et neuf, qui ont peu embarrasse dans l'ouvrage deja cite. L'homme s'est egare en allant de quatre a neuf...."[379] The work cited is the Erreurs, etc., and the citation is in the motto, which is the text of ...
— A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II) • Augustus De Morgan

... fewer. Whence their emanation, where and how they got their power, by what rule they lived, moved and had their being, we know not. There is no explication to their lives. They rose from shadow and they went in mist. We see them, feel them, but we know them not. They came, God's word upon their lips; they did their office, God's mantle about them; and they vanished, God's holy light between the world and them, leaving ...
— America First - Patriotic Readings • Various

... — N. interpretation, definition; explanation, explication; solution, answer; rationale; plain interpretation, simple interpretation, strict interpretation; meaning &c. 516. translation; rendering, rendition; redition[obs3]; literal translation, free translation; key; secret; ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

... Archer," continued the minstrel, "and which flies as directly to its mark as one of your own arrows, although there may be some want of wisdom in making the direct explication. Being, however, upon assurance with you, I do not hesitate to tell you, that in my opinion this lion's whelp that awaits its time, means this same celebrated Scottish prince, Robert the Bruce, who, though repeatedly defeated, has still, while hunted with bloodhounds, and surrounded by enemies ...
— Waverley Volume XII • Sir Walter Scott

... Psalms of David in Metre Fitted to the Tunes used in Parish Churches by John Patrick, D.D. Precentor to the Charter House London." A curious feature of this octavo edition of 1701, which I have, is, "An Explication of Some Words of less Common Use For the Benefit of the Common People." Here are a few of ...
— Sabbath in Puritan New England • Alice Morse Earle

... region the taste might be all for compression, for increase of the tension, for suppression of the tamer intervals in the story. In another it might run to greater length and ease, and favour a gradual explication of the plot. ...
— Epic and Romance - Essays on Medieval Literature • W. P. Ker

... away all scruple concerning the use of the sign of the Cross in Baptism; the true explication thereof, and the just reasons for the retaining of it, may be seen in the xxxth Canon, first published in the ...
— Ritual Conformity - Interpretations of the Rubrics of the Prayer-Book • Unknown

... allusion. He paints distinctly and minutely, not omitting a single detail, when the occasion demands such faithful representation of real facts and localities; but he has also the power of flashing his meaning by suggestive hints which the most labored description and explication could not make more effective. He makes the mind of the reader work sympathetically with his own in building up the idea he seeks to convey. Crimes which are nameless are mutually understood by this refined communion between author and reader. The mystery of the plot is not directly ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 8, No. 50, December, 1861 • Various

... must not enter into explication, or dispute now; but if you will say you will call the people no more together, you may have your liberty; if not, you must be sent away ...
— Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners • John Bunyan

... the phenomena. This is Natural History, in the original sense of the term, and here nothing but observation and experiment avail us. The second is the determination of the constant relations of the phenomena thus defined, and their expression in rules or laws. The third is the explication of these particular laws by deduction from the most general laws of matter and motion. The last two stages constitute Natural Philosophy in its original sense. In this region, the invention of verifiable hypotheses is not ...
— The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century • T.H. (Thomas Henry) Huxley

... in the world. They are indeed the manuals of human entrance into the cosmic state. But as I say, and as has happened in the case of other sacred books, a vast deal of rubbish has accreted round their essential teachings, and has to be cleared away. To go into a serious explication of the meaning of these books would be far too large an affair, and would be foreign to the purpose of the present volume; but I have in the Appendix below inserted two papers, (on "Rest" and "The Nature of the Self") containing the substance of lectures given on the above books. ...
— Pagan & Christian Creeds - Their Origin and Meaning • Edward Carpenter

... custom alone which engages animals, from every object that strikes their senses, to infer its usual attendant, and carries their imagination from the appearance of the one to conceive the other, in that particular manner which we denominate belief. No other explication can be given of this operation in all the higher as well as lower classes of sensitive beings which fall under our notice and ...
— Hume - (English Men of Letters Series) • T.H. Huxley

... smiths, shoemakers, founders, joiners, carpenters, carvers, turners, and the like; others, who only make, or cause to be made, goods for other people to sell, are called manufacturers and artists, &c. Thus distinguished, I shall speak of them all as occasion requires, taking this general explication to be sufficient; and I thus mention it to prevent being obliged to frequent and further particular descriptions as ...
— The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.) • Daniel Defoe

... our enquiry on this head by the consideration of the social virtues, Benevolence and Justice. The explication of them will probably give us an opening by which the others may be ...
— An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals • David Hume

... la supposition que j'ay faite: Que la matiere subtile ou etheree est necessairement composee de PETITS TOURBILLONS; et qu'ils sont les causes naturelles de tous les changements qui arrivent a la matiere; ce que je confirme par i'explication des effets les plus generaux de la Physique, tels que sont la durete des corps, leur fluidite, leur pesanteur, legerete, la lumiere et la refraction et reflexion de ses rayons."—Malebranche, "Recherche de ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884 • Various

... indeed, are such as would need some explication, if the experiment were to be made; and, with submission, would reduce the seamen to better circumstances; at least, it would have them in readiness for any public service much easier than by all the late methods of encouragement ...
— An Essay Upon Projects • Daniel Defoe



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