The weekly word. The section of the blog where I choose a word, define it, and give examples.
Say: dee-too-mes–uh ns
Definition: The process of subsiding from a state of tension, swelling, or (especially) sexual arousal.
First Known Use: 1678
Synonyms include: diminution, decline
Antonyms include: Tumescence, swelling, increase.
I actually used this word in my poem yesterday, but here is a bonus haiku.
Wrens sing a chorus
At the detumescing moon
And the rising sun
‘A darkskinned man, big and nude and detumescing, gripping a knife and fork, unnaturally still, sitting opposite a khepri, her slight woman’s body in shadow, her chitinous head in silhouette.’
– Perdido Street Station, China Mieville
‘In man the process of tumescence and detumescence is simple.’
– Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6), Havelock Ellis
Are there any words that you love? They don’t have to be complicated, just drop me a comment and tell me what word and why. I love hearing from you all.
Thanks for reading!