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A.Word.A.Day--boeotian

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Boeotian (bee-O-shuhn) adjective

1. Of or relating to Boeotia or its citizens.

2. Dull; boorish.

noun

1. A native of Boeotia.

2. A person who is dull or lacking in culture.

[From Boeotia, a district in ancient Greece, noted for its thick air and the proverbial dullness of its people.]

"Such notions of Boeotian extravagance hold no sway in Whitehall, where the most draconian Government cuts have been felt by one and all."
Matthew Fort; What's eating Britain; The Guardian (London, UK); Dec 30, 1995.

"She confides, 'I know the importance of symbolism and the value of making the right gestures'--a rare truth in this repetitive, fuddled, Boeotian and dispiriting autobiography."
H. Aram Veeser; Addicted to Privilege; The Nation (New York); Sep 30; 1996.

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