2014年3月27日 星期四

wraith, IN MEMORIAM, quench, quenchless,

 As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others – and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.” The Auricle, Vol. II, No. 6, March 1924. American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller



Vallabh Sambamurthy, Editorial Notes-In Memoriam Gerry DeSanctis, Information Systems Research, Vol. 16, No. 3, Sep 2005, pp. 235-236


Much has changed since then, when Walter Scott — now a literary wraith ( ━━ n. (人の死の直前に現れる)生霊, 死霊; 幽霊; やせこけた人.)— was the dictionary’s second most-quoted English writer after Shakespeare.


So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be,
How know I what had need of thee,
For thou wert strong as thou wert true?
The fame is quench'd that I foresaw,
The head hath miss'd an earthly wreath:
I curse not nature, no, nor death;
For nothing is that errs from law.
We pass; the path that each man trod
Is dim, or will be dim, with weeds:
What fame is left for human deeds
In endless age? It rests with God.
O hollow wraith of dying fame,
Fade wholly, while the soul exults,
And self-infolds the large results
Of force that would have forged a name.


(IN MEMORIAM A. H. H by Alfred lord Tennyson)




quench

Syllabification: quench
Pronunciation: /kwenCH
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Satisfy (one’s thirst) by drinking.
  • 1.1Satisfy (a desire): he only pursued her to quench an aching need
    More example sentences
    • The ladies were spotted at El Tiempo, where Sharon quenched her Tex-Mex cravings, and at Trellis Spa at the Houstonian, where they indulged in massages.
    • Human taste requires variety and something should be done to quench this yearning for variety in the desert they are wandering in.
    • Later, a trip alongside the Black Sea helped quench Sorokin's inexhaustible desire to travel.
    Synonyms

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Derivatives

quenchable

adjective

quencher

noun
(chiefly Physics & Metallurgy )

quenchless

adjective
( • literary )

Origin

Old English -cwencan (in acwencan 'put out, extinguish'), of Germanic origin.

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