Use of italics

Italicized terms, other than reference titles, in the text of entries are themselves entries in the Dictionary. Bibliographical and biographical material is included only in connection with entries that are themselves individuals or that refer to named individuals. Mention of an entry in another entry is italicized only at the first mention.


Cross-references are provided at the end of many entries. When there is more than one they are in alphabetical order. These are cross-references to substantive entries and not, for example, to mere synonyms or antonyms. These do not repeat cross-references indicated within the entry by italicized words.

Order of subject matter

Entries are in strict alphabetical order regardless of their nature.

References and web sites

References are as full as it has been possible to make them, though some authors' first names are not known. Web sites are current at the time of writing.

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