Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Entry: rictusized (adj.)

In context: "The half of her face that wasn't rictusized was very pretty, and she had very long pretty red hair, and a sexually credible body even though her right arm had atrophied into a kind of semi-claw and the right hand was strapped into this black plastic brace to keep its nail-extensioned fingers from curling in her palm; and Pat walked with a dignified but godawful lurch, dragging a terribly thin right leg in black leather pants behind like something hanging on to her that she was trying to get away from."

Definition: A neologism, referring I would imagine to something that has been formed or otherwise made into a rictus (n.)

With reference to a person: a fixed grimace or grin.

Other:

SNOOT score: 1
 
Page: 465

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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