Saturday, November 17, 2012


Meaning: one who knows the heart. Thomas Blount pointed out that this is "an attribute peculiar to God alone", however we might wish it otherwise.

Usefulness: 2

Logofascination: 1 (Another of my irrational attachments.)

In the wild: No, sadly.

Degrees: 1 (It's a tough call: Sir Thomas is the first and only reference for this in the OED, which argues for a 0-degree classification, but cardiognostic existed prior to this, probably referring to scriptures such as Psalm 139:23 - "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts".)

Connections: n/a

Used in: Ekskybalauron 234, in which Sir Thomas writes about himself in the third person:
As for those that know him not, and yet would in the censure of him as liberally criticize it as if they were his cardiognosts, and fully versed in his intentions; if they be not men in whom he is concerned, as having authority above him, he will never vex his brain, nor toyle his pen, to couch a fancy, or bestowe one drop of inke upon them for their satisfaction. 

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