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roseate

Postby Klimt » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:49 pm

roseate
[roh-zee-it, -eyt]

1. tinged with rose; rosy: a roseate dawn.
2. bright or promising: a roseate future.
3. incautiously optimistic: a roseate forecast for holiday sales.

For instance, it says that one may have many, many fancies, my Barbara--that as soon as the spring comes on, one's thoughts become uniformly pleasant and sportive and witty, for the reason that, at that season, the mind inclines readily to tenderness, and the world takes on a more roseate hue.

The future looked less roseate with the knowledge that she would be unhappy in the life that he had been mapping for them.
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Postby Slava » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:13 pm

Now that I think of it, other than using a fancy and different word, what is the benefit of roseate over rosy?
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Postby MTC » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:51 pm

Qu; Now that I think of it, other than using a fancy and different word, what is the benefit of roseate over rosy?

Ans:Nothing so far as Homer was concerned. He employed the epithet "rosy fingered dawn" in both the Illiad and the Odyssey because it fit well into heroic hexameter, and also because it helped the rhapsode and his listeners remember where they were in the narrative.

"When the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared, we admired the island and wandered all over it, while the nymphs Jove's daughters roused the wild goats that we might get some meat for our dinner." Odyssey Book IX
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Postby Slava » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:16 pm

Interesting, I never knew Homer wrote in English. :wink:
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