Chimere

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chimere The upper robe worn by a bishop, to which lawn sleeves are usually attached.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chimere The outer robe worn by a bishop, to which the lawn sleeves are usually attached. In the English Church the chimere, which until the accession of Elizabeth was of scarlet silk, is now of black satin. During episcopal convocations and when the sovereign attends Parliament, however, the color is scarlet. English prelates of the Roman Catholic Church wear chimeres of purple silk; cardinals, of scarlet. Also chimera, chimœra, chimmar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chimere shi-mēr the upper robe worn by a bishop, to which lawn sleeves are attached.
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Quotations

  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chamarre,., F. simarre,cf. It. zimarra,), fr. Sp. chamarra, zamarra, a coat made of sheepskins, a sheepskin, perh. from Ar. sammūr, the Scythian weasel or marten, the sable. Cf. Simarre
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chamarre; Sp. zamarra, chamarra, sheepskin.

Usage

In literature:

Judging by past experience in California this is no chimerical conception.
"Walnut Growing in Oregon" by Various
I would beseech you to lay aside all your chimerical projects, which have made you so absurd.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
It was scouted as extravagant and chimerical.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
He will bring his most chimerical schemes out and air them with the same assurance with which the real inventor exhibits his.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
All ideas of reconciliation now became chimerical.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
It consists of "Rochet" and "Chimere.
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
They had to be artists and at the same time commercial men, a chimerical combination.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
Over a chimere of figured crimson velvet he wore a fine linen rochet.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
It is not, then, at all chimerical to assume in psychology an equivalent of chemical combination.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
The idea is chimerical.
"The Future of the American Negro" by Booker T. Washington
The idea seemed chimerical in the extreme.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
With many, and to many, these things are but as dreams; they are chimerical.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
But the chief offenders in defying Napoleon's chimerical policy were the Dutch and Hanseatic cities.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
For, fifthly, any such scheme was in the present instance clearly chimerical.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
And for a moment even this dream seemed hardly chimerical.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Nor was the danger by any means chimerical.
"Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3)" by William Davy Watson
On the other hand, if you see only the good God and the indulgent father, you incline to a chimerical mysticism.
"Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good" by Victor Cousin
But if it were conducive to these ends, how chimerical to suppose that she will ever voluntarily adopt it!
"Ormond, Volume II (of 3)" by Charles Brockden Brown
In the ease of thought, originality is an ideal still more chimerical than certitude.
"Ancient Manners" by Pierre Louys
Comedy presents us with the imperfections of human nature: Farce entertains us with what is monstrous and chimerical.
"Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)" by John Dryden
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In poetry:

Let life grow richer by its cost to me,
Till hope, too strong for dream of weak despair,
Seize each momentous goal;
No monster of chimeric mystery,
Or fabled horror with its deathful stare,
Palsy my dauntless soul.
"Usury" by Albert Durrant Watson

In news:

Fears of ' Creeping Sharia' This chimerical battle in the culture war poses real dangers.
R&B singer-songwriter and music executive Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, in New York on Oct 12, 2012.
Scientists report on the development of engineered silkworms that express a synthetic spider silk protein and stably produce chimeric silk fibers that are stronger than parental silkworm silk fibers and as tough as spider dragline silk.
Meet Roku, Hex , and Chimero, the World's First Chimeric Rhesus Monkeys.
Give a Santa Cruzan a reason to don a costume and he or she will not disappoint—the chimerical and freakish are celebrated on the streets of downtown each Halloween in all their outlandish splendor.
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In science:

Goodness of fit tests for “chimeric” alternatives.
Goodness-of-fit tests via phi-divergences
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