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definition of the word atomy

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A metanalysis (false splitting) of anatomy as an atomy.

atomy (plural atomies)

  1. (archaic) a skeleton
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 3, scene v,
      That eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things / Who shut their coward gates on atomies / Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers!
    • 1786, Dr. Smollett, The History and Adventures of an Atom, Harrison and Co., page 5,
      I was now thrown into a violent perturbation of spirit; for I never could behold an atomy without tear and trembling, even when I knew it was no more than a competition of dry bone.
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