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    What is 'Dictum'?

    Beethoven's greatest achievements was to raise instrumental music, hitherto inferior to vocal, to the highest plane. During the 18th century, music, being a nonimtative are, was ranked below literature and painting. Its highest manifestations were held to be those in which it had the aid of a text - that is, cantata, opera, and oratorio - the sonata and the suite being relegated to a lower plane. A number of factors combined to bring about a gradual change of outlook: the instrumental prowess of the Mannheim Orchestra, which made possible the development of the shymphony; the reaction on the part of writers against pure rationalism in favor of "feeling"; and the works of Haydn and Mozart. But, above all, it was the example of Beethoven that made possible the late-Romantic dictum of Walter Pater: "All arts aspire to the condition of music."

    Q. The word "dictum" in the passage means __________.
    a. authoritative pronouncement
    b. wise expression
    c. common expression
    d. philosophical proposition

    What do you think?


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    Re: What is 'Dictum'?

    What would be your suggestion?


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    #3

    Re: What is 'Dictum'?

    Hi!

    I would add:

    e. a saying

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    #4

    Re: What is 'Dictum'?

    The term "dictum" means "authoritative pronouncement."


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    Re: What is 'Dictum'?

    I would go for b. a and c are not possible, IMO. d is no; a proposition is more substantial.

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    Re: What is 'Dictum'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What would be your suggestion?
    The cat's out of the bag, I'm afraid... [=what was supposed to be hidden has been revealed].

    ilovepsycho might find it useful to to think of other words that contain '*dict*'; 'diction', 'dictate', 'contradict'... (This only gets you as far as the idea of 'saying' - not much help for this exercise - but it can be a useful way to build vocabulary.)

    b

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