One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Things omitted from a work and added as a supplement.
- ‘The Parerga (Volume 1) are six long essays; the Paralipomena (Volume 2) are shorter writings arranged under thirty-one different subject-headings.’
- ‘In occasional political comments in his Parerga and Paralipomena and Manuscript Remains, Schopenhauer described himself as a proponent of limited government.’
- 1.1usually Paralipomenonarchaic (in the Vulgate Bible and some other versions) the name of the books of Chronicles, regarded as supplementary to the books of Kings.
Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek paraleipomena, from paraleipein ‘omit’, from para- ‘to one side’ + leipein ‘to leave’.
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