Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Jul 6, 2004
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
tchotchke
eidetic
mimesis
bootless
malarkey

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

eidetic

(eye-DET-ik) Pronunciation RealAudio

adjective: Marked by extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall.

From German eidetisch, from Greek eidetikos, from eidos (form), ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see) that is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise, and wit.

"Jorge Semprun really does know hundreds of poems, he says. When he was young, he had a near eidetic memory, 'but these days my memory is more selective.'"
Helen Kaye; Memory and Commitment; Jerusalem Post (Israel); Apr 3, 1997.

"The mother is desperate and the child, as it happens, has an eidetic memory and detailed information about the villain's illicit businesses."
Don D'Ammassa; The Mocking Program; Science Fiction Chronicle (Radford, Virginia); Jul 1, 2002.

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

X-Bonus

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith