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homunculus

[ huh-muhng-kyuh-luh s, hoh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF homunculus
  • as inmidget
  • as inrunt
  • as indwarf

Synonyms for homunculus

  • gnome
  • pygmy
  • Lilliputian
  • bantam
  • manikin
  • midge
  • runt
  • homuncule
  • little person
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Antonyms for homunculus

  • giant
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOMUNCULUS

I prefer the talk of the French homunculus; it is at least more amusing.

The homunculus offered me his last book, with his last smile.

He satisfied himself that the brain of this homunculus was discernible.

Meanwhile the Homunculus has found congenial spirits among the sea-nymphs and sirens on the shores of the Aegean.

As he watches, the outlines of a diminutive human being—a mannikin or 'homunculus'—become visible and rapidly gain distinct form.

The Homunculus in an ecstasy of love dashes himself against her chariot.

It is often asked, and I think we may fairly ask, what Goethe meant to symbolize by his Homunculus.

Adams came finally to acknowledge the unusual powers of the Western "homunculus" as a debater.

It has been ascertained that A. homunculus had an external lachrymal foramen.

That minikin shivering old man, that homunculus, that thing, master of Europe and the West?

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from Latin homunculus, literally "little person," from homo (genitive hominis) "man, human being," the Latin word that means "man, person, a human being" (technically "male human," but in logical and scholastic writing "human being"), also "the human race, mankind," perhaps from PIE *(dh)ghomon-, literally "earthling," from *dhghem- "earth" (see chthonic; also cf. human). With -culus, Latin diminutive suffix. Other Latin diminutives from homo included homullus, homuncio.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HOMUNCULUS

dwarf

nounvery small person
  • Lilliputian
  • Tom Thumb
  • bantam
  • dwarfling
  • homunculus
  • midget
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