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Cynosure

Definition: Something that serves as a guide; an object that is the focal point or primary object of one’s attentions and admirations, usually recognized for its brilliance and/or beauty.

Pronunciation: sye-noh-sure

Origin

It’s direct lineage comes from French, but the French term was inspired by the Latin term cynosure, a Greek influence (from the Greek kunosoura; born from an Indo-European body root of -ors-, used to identify animals grouped in the “bear” family), referring to the tail of the constellation Ursa Minor, which includes the guiding North Star, Polaris.

Why this word?

Let’s just address it right now, because the elephant is staring everyone in the face: Veronica has a weakness for French– all the French.

How do you use the word cynosure in a sentence?

“She was cynosure and siren alike– Beautiful, enchanting; you essentially forgot all else when she walked into a room. But knowing her could only be described as an instinctual, primal reaction that you felt in your gut and couldn’t put into words, because to understand the profound danger of someone so ethereally alluring went beyond the limits of language.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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