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myopic
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myopic

PRONUNCIATION:
(my-OP-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Nearsighted; unable to see distant objects clearly. 2. Shortsighted; lacking foresight; narrow-minded.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin, from Greek myopia, from myop- (nearsighted), from myein (to close) + ops (eye).

USAGE:
"Three characters dominate the drama: star prosecutor David Boies, whose casual demeanour belied razor-sharp courtroom instincts; Judge Penfield Jackson, the conservative arbitrator who grew increasingly disenchanted with Microsoft's arrogance; and Bill Gates, portrayed as a surly, myopic Napoleon, whose cantankerous, evasive testimony did much to bring about the guilty verdict."
Steve Yap; Consequences of Hubris; Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong); Jun 14, 2001.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? -Paul Sweeney

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