One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A section, division, or canto of a story or poem, especially a medieval one.
- ‘Over 50 manuscripts survive, representing progressive revisions known as the ‘Z’, ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ texts, of which ‘B’, comprising a prologue and twenty passus, is the most frequently read.’
- ‘Then a colleague at the U of C provided the idea of using the medieval passus as a way of building the story toward the novella at its heart.’
- ‘However, it must be pointed out that it was not the passus duriusculus as such that took on this symbolic meaning, but rather Schutz's use of that figure.’
- ‘For Christians, the Passion-from the Latin passus, the word means ‘having suffered ‘or ‘having undergone ‘- is the very heart of their faith.’’
Late 16th century: from Latin, literally ‘step, pace’, in medieval Latin ‘passage of a book’.
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