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I would like the correct spelling and definition of the following two words.
Are the above two words spelled correctly, and what is the definition of both?
Submitted by Ron Sharon (South St.Paul - U.S.A.)
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Paradigm: a pattern, exemplar, example; an example or pattern of the inflexion of a noun, verb, or other inflected part of speech.
Psychomanteum: I cannot work this one out; it isn't listed in any dictionary I have consulted. I have to assume, therefore, that it is in some way linked to the word it most resembles: psychoomancy, divination through communication with the spirits of the dead; necromancy.
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