Saturday, 3 August 2013

Blackavised - Having a Dark Complexion

Sadhu, Man, Pilgrim
"Young Sadhu"
Photo by Shanka SD

BLACKAVISED

Adjective. Archaic (chiefly northern). Mid-18th century.
[from BLACK adjective + French vis face (perhaps originally black-à-vis or black o'vis) + ED.]

Dark-complexioned.

Blackavised is an unusual word in juxtaposing naked English and French so overtly. While it's fallen out of popular usage, it can be found in a number of classics and, in a similar manner to the word 'swarthy' which is used by several dictionaries in defining blackavised, it can describe someone's simmering, sun-kissed complexion, the rugged handsomeness and rough beauty of a person that is rarely indoors.

7 comments:

  1. That's a word that will be on my pages one day!

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    1. We honour these words with our pages, Jingles : o )

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  2. "Rugged handsomeness and rough beauty of a person that is rarely indoors." I am rarely indoors, as I clean windows, but I have all the blackavisedness of a particularly pallid elderly yoghurt.

    -clueless.

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    1. And I'm sure there's a word out there that describes such a complexion beautifully, C.

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  3. I would love to have that kind of completion,
    but i do not..... i am the type of when the sun hits my body to looking like a well smacked (white) backside.

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    1. I've heard the well-smacked bottom look is going to be rear-ly big next season ...

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