Word of the Week: lapidary (ˈla-pə-der-ē )


(Adjective) (of language) elegant and concise, and therefore suitable for engraving on stone.


1 a cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones usually other than diamonds

2 the art of cutting gems

In Context

“If you wish to send us something in return we would like to get Wilmart’s Pensées du B. Guigue, if this is Guigo the Carthusian. I have never yet gone into him. His lapidary style fascinates me. He is better than Pascal.”
Thomas Merton, excerpt of a letter, 1951.