One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A technical term or point, a technicality.
2Technical quality or character; technique; (also) the use or advocacy of scientific or technological methods, emphasis on technique.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Anna Seward (1742–1809), poet and correspondent. Partly from technic + -ism, and partly from technic + -ism. Compare German Technicismus.
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