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excerebrose (eks-SER-ee-bros) adjective


[From Latin ex- (out of) + cerebrum (brain).]

"(Dvija Michael) Bertish, in a vituperative March letter that virtually demands the presence of an unabridged dictionary, complained that 'The excerebrose followers of Pastor White, many of whom are convicted felons...'"
Scott Hewitt; 'Spiritual Warfare' in Rosemere; The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington); May 18, 2003.

This week's theme: words for insults.


In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. -Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

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