Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AU-TO-BI-O-GRAPH'IC-AL – AU-TOPS'ICAL
By way of autobiography.
AU-TO-BI-OG'RA-PHY, n. [Gr. αυτος, and biography.]
Biography or memoirs of one's life written by himself. – Walsh.
AU-TOCH'THON, n.1 [Gr. αυτοχθων.]
One who rises or grows out of the earth.
AU-TOCH'THON, n.2 [Gr. αυτος and χθων.]
That which is original to a particular country, or which had there its first origin.
AU-TOC'RA-SY, n. [Gr. αυτος, self, and κρατος, power, or to govern, to take or hold.]
- Independent power; supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority or right of governing, in a single person.
- Sole right of self-government in a state. – Barlow.
- An absolute prince or sovereign; a ruler or monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government by inherent right, not subject to restriction; a title assumed by the emperors of Russia. Tooke.
- This title was sometimes conferred by the Athenians on their embassadors and generals, when invested with unlimited powers. – Encyc.
Pertaining to autocracy; absolute; holding independent and unlimited powers of government. – Eton.
A female sovereign, who is independent and absolute; a title given to the empresses of Russia. – Tooke.
AUTO-DA-FE, n. [Auto da fé. Port. act of faith.]
- In the Romish church, a solemn day held by the Inquisition, for the punishment of heretics, and the absolution of the innocent accused. Span. Auto de fé. – Encyc.
- A sentence given by the Inquisition, and read to a criminal, or heretic, on the scaffold, just before he is executed. – Sp. Dict.
- The session of the court of Inquisition.
AU-TOG'E-NOUS, a. [Gr. αθτο and γενναω.]
AU'TO-GRAPH, or AU-TOG'RA-PHY, n. [Gr. αυτος, self, γραφη, writing.]
A person's own hand-writing; original manuscript.
Pertaining to an autograph, or one's own hand-writing.
A mineral called by Haüy, spinelle zincifère. It is classed with the spinel ruby. It occurs imbedded in talcky slate; the color, a dark green. It is crystalized in regular octahedrons, or in tetrahedrons with truncated angles. It is harder than quartz, but not so hard as spinel. It is sometimes called gahnite, from Gahn, its discoverer. – Cyc. Thomson. Cleaveland.
AU'TO-MATH, n. [Gr. αυτος, and μανθανω, to learn.]
One who is self-taught. – Young.
- Belonging to an automaton; having the power of moving itself; mechanical. – Johnson. Stewart.
- Not voluntary; not depending on the will. Dr. Hartley has demonstrated that all our motions are originally automatic, and generally produced by the action of tangible things on the muscular fiber.
AU-TOM'A-TON, n. [Gr. αυτοματος; αυτος, self, and μαω, moveo, motus. The Greek plural, automata, is sometimes used; but the regular English plural, automatons, is preferable.]
A self-moving machine, or one which moves by invisible springs.
Having in itself the power of motion. – Brown.
AU-TO-NOM'A-SY, n. [Gr. αυτος, and ονομα, a name.]
In rhetoric, a word of common or general signification, used for the name of a particular thing; as, the man has gone to the city, instead of New York.
Pertaining to autonomy.
AU-TON'O-MOUS, a. [Infra.]
Independent in government; having the right of self-government.
AU-TON'O-MY, n. [Gr. αυτος, self, and νομος, law, rule.]
This word is rarely used. It signifies the power or right of self-government, whether in a city which elects its own magistrates and makes its own laws, or in an individual who lives according to his own will. – Johnson. Encyc.
AU'TO-PIST-Y, n. [Gr. αυτος and πιςτη.]
Internal worthiness of belief; the quality of credibility existing in itself independent of external circumstances.
AU-TOPS'ICAL, a. [See AUTOPTICAL.]