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Examples of palimpsest in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of palimpsest, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible

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EXAMPLES - Palimpsest in a Sentence

  1. So rich a palimpsest is French civilization, so varied is (source)
  2. But this palimpsest of a concert hall is the better for it. (source)
  3. Call it palimpsest, call it reinscription, call it Doris ... (source)
  4. Close on Indy's face, a palimpsest of cynicism and moral fury. (source)
  5. a palimpsest is my brain; such a palimpsest, O reader! is yours. (source)
  6. In Unter der Haut she claims that memories are like a palimpsest. (source)
  7. Memory becomes a palimpsest, like a map of different countries, continents and cultures. (source)
  8. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. (source)
  9. The parchment, known as a palimpsest, contains the only known copies of some of Archimedes' works. (source)
  10. The truth is, like any palimpsest awaiting a scribe, Twitter's value depends on those who choose to play. (source)
  11. The graphical front-end for DeviceKit is called palimpsest and provides several nice management capabilities. (source)
  12. An obliterated manuscript written over again is called a palimpsest, and the man who can restore and read it a paleographist. (source)
  13. So an architectural palimpsest is the ghostly remains of other buildings or parts of buildings that are still apparent on existing buildings. (source)
  14. He examined without wrath, and with the eye of a linguist who is deciphering a palimpsest, that portion of chaos which still exists in nature. (source)
  15. Or it is a kind of palimpsest of such complexity that we can and must write anything we like upon its canvas to help to explain it to ourselves. (source)
  16. The description of this granite palimpsest is best given in Mr. Petrie's own words, as written in his weekly report at the time of the discovery: (source)
  17. Codex may be called a kind of palimpsest, in which we have some portions of the original manuscript, and the rest overlaid with the later revision. (source)
  18. The pages of the older books became the sheaths of a newer one, thus a palimpsest which is pronounced PAL-imp-sest and is Greek for ''rubbed again''. (source)
  19. In this way the brain of man has become a kind of palimpsest upon which, and over the writings of Nature, superstition has scribbled her countless lies. (source)
  20. I discovered the stubborn raconteur whose work is the interminable re-write, the palimpsest, of a few scenes from a past that refuses to remain in the past. (source)
  21. Now we have a Newsday piece on the bomb plot which functions as a sort of palimpsest: The surface text shows hints of a more important tale which lies beneath. (source)
  22. The wind will soon finish erasing these marks, blending them with the remaining stand ruts into a smooth, undulating palimpsest prepared for the next day's imprints. (source)
  23. Mote Prime is planet which has become a palimpsest, mutely testifying to the endless cycles of technological development and collapse experienced by the trapped Moties. (source)
  24. Archivists at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore used multispectral imaging to read this palimpsest, or text that had been scraped off and written over by a later scribe. (source)
  25. At the very end of this lane, years of graffiti and street stickers have built up like a Day-Glo medieval palimpsest, presenting a shifting and organic gallery of inner-city street art. (source)
  26. Mad Men joins a long list of books, television shows, and movies -- Ex-Lady, Bewitched, Nothing To Lose, Putney Swope, How To Get Ahead in Advertising -- that have used the industry and the ad guy as palimpsest. (source)
  27. Much of the prestige bump is attributable to Spellbound, the 2002 documentary that followed contestants from the 72nd bee as they negotiated such linguistic land mines as "palimpsest," "heleoplankton" and "akropodion." (source)
  28. It is of great scientific interest because it concentrates in a palimpsest of successive eruptive and effusive landscapes a wide range of geological and magmatic features characteristic of such mid-plate oceanic islands. (source)
  29. If you've been in a Planet Hollywood almost anywhere in the world, you've seen his work in all its scintillating, multiplex glory, a palimpsest of figures and graphics at different scales, flickering to the urgent rhythms of the movies. (source)
  30. But, as he passed on to talk of what he thought would result from the Communist method of tackling that problem, and spoke of the eventual disappearance of political parties, I felt I was trying to read a kind of palimpsest of the Economist and (source)
  31. In late afternoon, in spring or fall, it is crossed by deep black shadows that can seem almost infinite, while in winter the shadows become feathery as the sun moves through the palimpsest of branches, brushing the stippled surface of the frozen ground. (source)
  32. Our morning newspaper nowadays is a kind of palimpsest, and one cannot help wondering how many dead volumes, how many hopes and disappointments, lie buried under that surface made smooth for the Telegraph (sole author who is sure of readers) to write upon. (source)
  33. It had turned that leaf from the tablets of my memory into a kind of palimpsest, so that I could no longer quite make out the old handwriting for the new, which would not be obliterated, and these were confused lines it was hard to read between -- with all my skill! (source)
  34. The Belgian-born film-maker Lucas Belvaux is best known for his 2002 Trilogie, a three-part film more palimpsest than trilogy, in which the same overlapping events are viewed first as a thriller, then as a romantic farce and finally as a melodrama on the theory that our lives are like genre movies. (source)
  35. Gazing at the image, which seemed no more than a faint palimpsest of her former self, she began slowly and deliberately to demolish her carefully constructed defences and let the turbulent past, first like a swelling stream and then a river in spate, break through unresisted and take possession of her mind. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 50.0, which suggests that "palimpsest" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 5 synonyms for palimpsest.

article, composition, document, hard copy, text


We have 0 antonyms for palimpsest.


Pronunciation: (pălˈĭmp-sĕstˌ)

Syllabification: pal-imp-sest


View up to 25 definitions of palimpsest from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.
  2. (noun) An object, place, or area that reflects its history: "Spaniards in the sixteenth century . . . saw an ocean moving south . . . through a palimpsest of bayous and distributary streams in forested paludal basins” ( John McPhee).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written. Many historical texts have been recovered using ultraviolet light and other technologies to read the erased writing.
  2. (noun) Monumental brasses that have been reused by engraving of the blank back side.
  3. (noun) Circular features believed to be lunar craters that have been obliterated by later volcanic activity.
  4. (noun) Geological features thought to be related to features or effects below the surface.
  5. (noun) Memory that has been erased and re-written.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) A parchment or other writing-material from which one writing has been erased or rubbed out to make room for another; hence, the new writing or manuscript upon such a parchment.
  2. (noun) Any inscribed slat, etc., particularly a monumental brass, which has been turned and engraved with new inscriptions and devices on the reverse side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible