from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A correct form replacing an erroneous one in familiar use; correctness regarded as pedantic. See mumpsimus.

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  • n. a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression


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  • Derived through incorrect copying of the Latin word sumpsimus.

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  • "sumpsimus" in his missal, refused to correct the error when it was pointed out, is perfectly typical of the position of his critics.

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  • All rise; the Pontiff resumes his mitre, the Celebrant kneeling says, after purifying the chalice, "quod ore sumpsimus Domine para mente capiamus, et de munere temporali fiat nobis remedium sempiternum", then kneels to the Cross and returns to the vestry.

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  • Cælestia, Domine, dona quæ sumpsimus, vitam nobis tribuant sempiternam; quam cum beatorum Martyrum tuorum Berardi, Petri, Accursii, Adiuti atque Othonis gloriosis meritis imploramus.

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  • "But Edward is a hotter little reformist than Elizabeth, who abides strictly by her father's middle way and says'taking Henry's words from his last speech to Parliament'that she will be neither 'mumpsimus' nor 'sumpsimus' but worship God without argument."

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  • He left Rome with the consuls and the leading _optimates_, and for some time had charge of the district of Capua (_ad Fam. _ xvi. 11, 3, 'nos Capuam sumpsimus').

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  • The "Quod ore sumpsimus" and some other prayers accompanied the taking of the ablutions, and the

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  • V. Age nunc de relatiuis speculemur pro quibus omne quod dictum est sumpsimus ad disputationem; maxime enim haec non uidentur secundum se facere praedicationem quae perspicue ex alieno aduentu constare perspiciuntur.

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  • Are these words, or are they not, a paraphrase of those which in the canon of the mass follow the first and second ablutions of the celebrant: Quod ore sumpsimus Domine, etc., and: Corpus tuum, Domine, etc.?

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  • Everybody knows Newman's story of the ancient priest who fell into the habit, at mass, of saying, "quod ore mumpsimus" instead of "quod ore sumpsimus," and, when admonished of his error, refused to exchange old

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