lucus a non lucendo

lu·​cus a non lu·​cen·​do
: an illogical explanation or absurd derivation : non sequitur
the whole discussion may seem a lucus a non lucendo for all the light it throws upon the effect of the classics on mediaeval literatureH. O. Taylor

Word History


New Latin, a grove from not being light; from the practice ascribed to ancient Roman etymologists of deriving words from their semantic opposites, as lucus ("grove") from lucēre ("to shine, be light") because a grove is not light

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“Lucus a non lucendo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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