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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See the quotation.


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  • The second important ambiguity lies in the Latin term tanquam, since it can mean either


  • Note 37: "Siquidem quamuis beata illa soror in silencii observacione sollicita fuerit nimis, nunquam transgrediens et infringend legem silencii in vita sua, tamen cum graciam illuminantem se minus solito se habere conspexit, strictissimum sibi ipsi silencium indixit, tanquam os ad loquendum ey aures ad audiendum non haberet; ..."

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • Therefore, the tanquam in the definition is to be read “as in fact” and not “as if.”


  • In contrast, the objectivist reading takes the intellect in question to be the infinite one, and the tanquam to mean “as in fact,” and so it read the definition as claiming that attributes are what the infinite intellect perceives of substance as (in fact) constituting its essence.


  • Spinoza defines the term “attribute” in Definition 4 of Part One of the Ethics thus: “Per attributum intelligo id, quod intellectus de substantia percipit, tanquam ejusdem essentiam constituens.”


  • But I had one defence left, which came to my aid, tanquam deus ex machina.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Stant igitur partes attonitae, tanquam non ad conflictum progressuri, ob defectum evasi: noluit enim pars integrum habens numerum sociorum consentire, ut unus de suis demeretur; nec potuit pars altera quocumque pretio alterum ad supplendum vicem fugientis inducere.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Sed nec inter tantos repertus est vel unus, qui, tanquam vecors ant timidus, sive post tergum alterius declinans, seipsum a tanta caede praetendit excusare.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • And Veritates nostrae catholicae, quae tanquam indubia Dei emata inforo interiori descriptae.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Spicula; tanquam haec sint nostri medicina furoris,

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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  • Besides the 'good enough to be a fellow' sense (which it attributes specifically to Cambridge), the OED gives a general 'as it were' sense ('a mere seeming') and a legal one of qui tam, all obsolete.

    September 28, 2008

  • Reminds me of Mark Twain's quip -
    'I never let school interfere with my education'.

    February 4, 2008

  • A person with enough education to attend college.

    February 4, 2008