The Addictionary of Oxford English: Mirror

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Definition of mirror in English:

Mirror


NOUN

1 A surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image.

“The Greeks had it wrong. Narcissus was a victim, not a fool. He was slain by the past. A slave of the Classical age, forced to look at his reflection in a pool. A pool! Why, I doubt he could even make out his own features. He must have been trapped, wondering if his eyebrow hairs were out of place, or if he’d missed a spot shaving his chin… What a horrible, mirrorless life Narcissus must have led.” Oxford English  

2 A thing regarded as accurately representing something else.

“They say the eyes are a mirror to the soul. I say I’d rather inspect the whole parcel.” Oxford English


Mirror Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford’s mirror obsession was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Every morning before work, he’d duck down below my vanity and say, ‘Mirrormirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ Then he’d pop up and say, ‘Why, it’s me, of course!’ Not his bloody wife, no. That man’s fuller of himself than Dorian bloody Gray.” Hermione English (Ex-Wife #11)

“Oxford worked at my mirror shop in the seventies. I sold all sorts of mirrors. Vermeil, cheval, vanity, rococo, neoclassical… You name it. Well, one day, when he was, apparently, trying to pick a particularly nasty blackhead out of his greasy nose, he fell forward and knocked a whole row of them over! He even broke my precious 1882 embossed copper mirror that was owned by Robert Browning himself! All in all, he’s got one-hundred and fifty-four years of bad luck, and I hope he lives each and every one of them in misery.” – Betty Winthrope (Owner of Winthrope Looking Glass Emporium)

“He insisted on having mirrors on every wall in our bedroom – even on the ceiling! Should tell you what kind of man Oxford is.” Daisy English (Ex-Wife # 41)

“The invention of the selfie stick is the only thing that’s alleviated Uncle Oxford’s addiction of looking into every mirror he comes across… at least, most of the time. Last summer, we visited Versailles. When we got to the Hall of Mirrors, Uncle Oxford just… stopped. He was practically stupefied by the fact that he could see his own reflection on literally everything. That wasn’t even the worst part. When he finally gained his bearings, he pulled out his phone, stuck it on his selfie stick, and proceeded to take picture after picture after picture of himself. He was lost in the infinity of his reflection. It was quite pathetic, really.” Isabelle English-Stoole (Great-Niece #1)


Origin

Middle English: from Old French mirour, based on Latin mirare ‘look at’. Early senses also included ‘a crystal used in magic’ and ‘a person deserving imitation’.


Pronunciation

mirror/ˈmɪrə/


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