Odour to Ogygian Deluge
Odour In good odour; in bad odour. In favour, out of favour; in good repute, in bad repute. The phrases refer to the odour of sanctity (q.v.).
Odour of Sanctity (In the). The Catholics tell us that good persons die in the odour of sanctity; and
there is a certain truth in the phrase, for, when one honoured by the Church dies, it is not unusual to
perfume the room with incense, and sometimes to embalm the body. Homer tells us (Iliad, xxiii.) that
Hector's body was washed with rose-water. In Egypt the dead are washed with rose-water and perfumed
with incense (Maillet: Letters, x. p. 88). Herodotos says the same thing (History, ii. 86-90). When the
wicked and those hated die, no such care is taken of them.
In both the Greek and Western Church incense is used, and the aroma of these consecrated oils follows the believer from birth to death.- Nineteenth Century: April, 1894, p. 584.The Catholic notion that priests bear about with them an odour of sanctity may be explained in a similar manner: they are so constantly present when the censers diffuse sweet odour, that their clothes and skin smell of the incense.
Shakespeare has a strong passage on the disodour of impiety. Antiochus and his daughter, whose wickedness abounded, were killed by lightning, and the poet says:-
A fire from heaven came and shrivelled up
Odrysium Carmen The poetry of Orpheus, a native of Thrace, called Odrysia tellus, because the Odrysës were its chief inhabitants.
O'dur Husband of Freyja, whom he deserted. (Scandinavian mythology.)
Odyle (2 syl.). That which emanates from a medium to produce the several phenomena connected with mesmerism, spirit-rapping, table-turning, and so on. The productions of these manifestations is sometimes called odylism. Baron Reichenbach called it Od force, a force which becomes manifest wherever chemical action is going on.
Odyssey The poem of Homer which records the adventures of Odysseus (Ulysses) in his home-voyage from Troy. The word is an adjective formed out of the hero's name, and means the things or adventures of Ulysses.
A l'il. On credit, for nothing. Corruption of the Italian a uffo (gratis). In the French translation of Don
Quixote is this passage:-
Ma femme, disait Sancho Panca, ne m'a jamais dit oui que quand il fallait dire non. Or elles sont toutes de meme ... Elles sont toutes bonnes à pendre ... passe cela, elles ne valent pas ceque pai dans l'il.
de Buf (L'). A large reception-room (salle) in the palace of Versailles, lighted by round windows so
called. The ceiling, decorated by Van der Meulen, contained likenesses of the children of Louis XIV.
(seventeenth and eighteenth centuries).
Off (Saxon, of; Latin, ab, from, away). The house is a mile off- i.e. is away or from us a mile. The word preceding off defines its scope. To be well off is to be away or on the way towards well-being; to be badly off is to be away or on the way to the bad. In many cases off is part of a compound verb, as to cut-off (away), to peel-off, to march-off, to tear-off, to take-off, to get-off, etc. The off-side of horses
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