PRONUNCIATION: (ad-uh-SO-nee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Having clarity and elegance.

ETYMOLOGY: After Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist and poet. Earliest documented use: 1789.

NOTES: Some aphorisms by Addison:
-- What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
-- Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
-- Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.

[This definition applies to the Addison of Addison and Steele, the two pioneering journalists of the
Tatler and the Spectator. These days the eponym is more likely to be associated with Dr. Thomas Addison, who "...first described the clinical presentation of primary adrenocortical insufficiency (Addison disease) in 1855 in his classic paper...". Even as a cardiologist I know Addison's Disease and Addisonian Crisis. If your adrenal glands don't make hydrocortisone, you're in BIG trouble, believe me.
-- Wofahulicodoc]


ADDASONIAN - adopt a male child into your family

DADDISONIAN - Patriarchal

EDDISONIAN - figured out by the inventor AFTER he received his Doctorate in Education