Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Over the dam it lay in a quiet pool, mirroring every bud and twig.

Two swans waddled up from the mirroring water and investigated us.

It dips into the silent sea, mirroring sparkling evening stars.

Lake smooth as glass, mirroring its miles of glacier-polished pavements and bold mountain walls.

It seems as if the image of the fountain is fittest and most tempting for mirroring in music.

The truth is, it is all a mirroring in tones of the charm and essence of these epic gems of the East.

With these wild agitations he could not stay in the presence of Liana, and before the cold, mirroring glances of the company.

Miss Betsey Taylor glanced down at the mirroring gold and rose of the water under her feet.

The river was still; the stars came out one by one, and a great planet shone distinct on the mirroring plain.

They were facile flatterers given over to the pomps of the reign and mirroring all its absurdities of fashion.


early 13c., from Old French mireoir "a reflecting glass, looking glass; observation, model, example," earlier miradoir (11c.), from mirer "look at" (oneself in a mirror), "observe, watch, contemplate," from Vulgar Latin *mirare "to look at," variant of Latin mirari "to wonder at, admire" (see miracle). Figurative usage is attested from c.1300. Used in divination since classical and biblical times; mirrors in modern England are the subject of at least 14 known superstitions, according to folklorists. Belief that breaking one brings bad luck is attested from 1777. The Spanish cognate, mirador (from mirar "to look, look at, behold"), has come to mean "watch tower." Mirror ball attested from 1968.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.