lusus naturae

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Synonyms for lusus naturae

a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

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En Bedeilhac, particularmente, la frontera entre el lusus naturae y las creaciones magdalenienses es tenue.
Facetus, qui iocos et lusus gestis et factis commendat, a faciendo dictus Aeros, uir fortis et sapiens Benignus est uir sponte ad benefaciendum paratus et dulcis adloquio.
How did ritualized forms of play, the Lucianic tradition of lusus, even nonsense, contribute to the formation of civic, or Utopian communities?
The treatises seek a 'certa ratio' which cuts through man's subjectivity; the dialogue is less sure of the truth, and his 'ragionare domestico e familiare' is the opposite of the scholastic method;while his lusus (most importantly the Intercenales and Momus, but also Canis and Musca) constitute the richest deployment of Lucian's legacy in the Renaissance.
Altogether nineteen authors of Lusus Palatini express anti-Popish sentiment, amongst them such important theologians as William Goodwin, John Prideaux and Robert Abbot.
The enchanted head episode is an example of what Paula Findlen has called the lusus scientiae, or joke of knowledge, frequently described in scientific texts of the period and exhibited publicly in museums (292).
omnem itaque de tuo pectore praesentem tristitudinem mitte et angorem animi depelle, nam lusus iste, quem publice gratissimo deo Risui per annua reuerticula solemniter celebramus, semper commenti nouitate florescit, iste deus auctorem et <ac-> torem suum propitius ubique comitabitur amanter, nec umquam patietur ut ex animo doleas, sed frontem tuam serena uenustate laetabit adsidue, at tibi ciuitas omnis pro ista gratia honores egregios obtulit [.
He distinguishes between the professional comedian and the lusus naturae-the natural or `innocent' fool who took his or her place among the other curiosities of the court (a feature particularly of Renaissance courts where dwarfs and giants were sometimes employed as guides to the cabinets of curiosities collected by princes).
Et vos, o nostri, iuvenilia carmina, lusus, si modo perpetuos sperare audebitis annos, et domini superesse rogo lucemque tueri nec spisso rapient oblivia nigra sub Orco, forsitan has laudes decantatumque parentis nomen ad exemplum sero servabitis aevo.
Aemilius Baehrens observed that the passer is a surrogate for Lesbia's absent lover: verba autem in sinu tenere porroque acris incitare morsus facile in animum vocant imaginem amatoris puellae suae iocis blanditiisque in fervida oscula acrisque lusus incitati, passer igitur absentis amasii partes apud Lesbiam explet(8) (`Now the words in sinu tenere and acris incitare morsus easily call to mind the image of the lover excited by the wit and charm of his girl to fervid kisses and spirited play.
Gulliver as Grildrig exemplifies infantilization and impotency; contained in cabinets and pockets much as the cinematic frames or Devil's eye contain and determine Coover's Charlie and Lynch's Peter/Fred, he is reduced to curiosity, a Lusus Naturae--as helpless and freakish as the fetal issues of Swift's lady friends described in the Dean's journals with loathing.
Anaxilaus' work is also referred to as lusus Anaxilai in ps.
Freaks then were not regarded as sick but as lusus naturae- jokes of nature, or nature playing -until the medical establishment became interested in their plight, doctors began to write papers about them and campaigned to have them institutionalized.
Del caracter general de la poesia de Calimaco en esta etapa romana nos informan los numerosos poemas metaliterarios que salpican la coleccion: en ellos el poeta insiste en calificar sus composiciones de lusus, ioci y, sobre todo, nugae (tres veces en el primer libro, diez en el segundo), terminos con los que se situa deliberadamente en la estela ideologica del poemario menor de Catulo y en la de su principal epigono en la poesia romana, Marcial (11).