Explorations 7: Excrescence — Pulchritude — Taqiya

Looking up the definitions of 3 words before 7 o’clock in the morning suggests that my education may be incomplete or my memory was erased.

Excrescence:  noun from the Latin excrescentia meaning to grow out

  1. An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
  2. A disfiguring, extraneous, or unwanted mark or part
  3. A normal outgrowth on the body such as finger nails and hair
  4. A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion: a bulge on a building

Mushrooms are excrescence of an underground fungus network.

Pulchritude:  noun from the Latin pulchritudo meaning beauty

  1. physical comeliness, beauty, loveliness

Her pulchritude required effort not to stare.

Taqiya:  noun from Arabic meaning prudence or fear

  1. The Islamic practice to be ungrateful to, and or cheat non-Muslims
  2. Islamic religious dissimulation, concealment, while under threat or persecution
  3. Islamic legal exemption to lie when there is an extreme danger to lose ones life or property

Taqiya allowed her to drink wine with her non-Muslim neighbors.

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