PRONUNCIATION: (KAR-ee-uhn-tiz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: An insult disguised as a jest or a compliment.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin charientismus, from Greek kharientismos (gracefulness of style). Earliest documented use: 1589.

CHARIETISM - the practice of deciding all disputes by horse-race

CHORIENTISM - being beset by annoying repetitive Eastern tasks

CHARMENTISM - predicting the future by squeezing the tissues