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    Precipitants of horror

    Hi,

    Can anybody explain to me in what sense the word precipitants is used in the text below?

    Wish it or no, a name, of sorts, was given. Yes, ‘Beyondaril’ . . . At once nonsensical and menacing, these syllables not so much came to ‘mean’ as coldly cling to, breath themselves about, a curiously recurrent dream or vision, and to be linked, in his imagination, with—of all odd precipitants of horror or dismay—a steeple, stretch of garden or allotments, and slow-running stream. That is to say, with a persistent mental picture of
    these things together—a physical juxtaposing or conjunction of them in actual space which, somewhere, he might have seen and of which the memory, if it were a memory, distressed him.

    John Metcalfe, Beyondaril, 194?

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    Re: Precipitants of horror

    "Precipitants of horror" means things that provoke horror.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Precipitants of horror

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Precipitants of horror" means things that provoke horror.
    The phrase is another example of why flowery and inventive usage has largely gone out of fashion.
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