Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Entry: brisance (n.)


In context: "The 'There' turned out to be crucial for the sense of brisance and closure and resolving issues of impotent rage and powerless fear that like accrued in Lenz all day being trapped in the northeastern portions of a squalid halfway house all daybeing fearing for his life, Lenz felt."

Definition: The shattering effect of such high explosives as nitroglycerine and gun-cotton. (See also quot. 1935.) Also attrib.

Other: A beautiful-sounding word and a neat way of using it in connection to an emotional feeling.

SNOOT score: 4

Page: 541

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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