excogitation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n excogitation the creation of something in the mind
    • n excogitation thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Excogitation The act of excogitating; a devising in the thoughts; invention; contrivance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n excogitation A thinking out; the act of devising in the mind; contrivance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Excogitation laborious thinking: invention: contrivance
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excogitatio,: cf. F. excogitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excogitāre, -ātumex, out, cogitāre, to think.

Usage

In literature:

Reflect, ponder, excogitate, reply.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He had half a mind to remain at home to conquer them by excogitation.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
But the composer very frequently altered the ornamentions of his pieces or excogitated alternative readings.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
I lit another cigarette and excogitated the problem.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
And he had four days a week in which to excogitate new methods of creating a fortune.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
He rubbed the warm pipe bowl against his cheek and excogitated the matter in deep humility.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
In fact, as I reached Delamere Terrace, panting and excogitating the likeliest excuse to offer Mrs. Stimcoe, the door of No.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
The subtiltie of which, no humane excogitation is able to imitate.
"Hypnerotomachia" by Francesco Colonna
Bein' hot I lay down in the lee of a bush to excogitate.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
Let it also be noted that this longitude reward was not a premium upon excogitation of a mysterious difficulty.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
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In news:

A highly promising scientific study of the male armpit undoubtedly funded by the National Science Foundation is brought to hopeless foozle by Miss Naomi Wolf's horny excogitations in Vagina: A New Biography.
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