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agnosia

PRONUNCIATION:
(ag-NO-zhuh)

MEANING:
noun: Loss of ability to recognize objects, people, sounds, etc., usually caused by brain injury.

agnosia cartoon
Cartoonist: Doug Pike
lwei: a fomer monetary unit of Angola
ekpwele/ekwele/ekuele: a former monetary unit of Equatorial Guinea
ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek agnosia (ignorance), from a- (without) + gnosis (knowledge). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gno- (to know) that is the ancestor of such words as know, can, notorious, notice, connoisseur, recognize, agnostic, diagnosis, ignore, annotate, noble, narrate, anagnorisis (the moment of recognition), and gnomon.
Also see prosopagnosia (inability to recognize familiar faces) and alexia (word blindness).

USAGE:
"Jeff Koons turns agnosia into an artistic principle. And that has the effect of letting us see our world, and art, as profoundly other than it usually is."
Blake Gopnik; Man From Mars Comes in Peace; The Washington Post; Jun 17, 2008.

See more usage examples of agnosia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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