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explicating a poem
▪ But it is debatable whether this could be explicated in any meaningful way.
▪ He does not try to explicate knowledge in terms of an object in isolation from the knowing subject.
▪ I showed him line by line how the poem should be explicated.
▪ In explicating this model, managers tend to emphasise the goodness of relationships such as one would find in a happy family.
▪ It may be that these ways of speaking can be explicated at bottom only by way or the idea of necessitation.
▪ The primitive church employed mythology to augment and explicate the great truths of the gospel.
▪ The tensions and ambiguities of the dualities that Emerson tried to hold together could not be explicated logically or reconciled philosophically.
▪ There are several complications that l have not even tried to explicate or to explore.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Explicate \Ex"pli*cate\, a. [L. explicatus, p. p. of explicare.] Evolved; unfolded.
--Jer. Taylor.


Explicate \Ex"pli*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Explicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Explicating.]

  1. To unfold; to expand; to lay open. [Obs.] ``They explicate the leaves.''

  2. To unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain; to clear of difficulties or obscurity; to interpret.

    The last verse of his last satire is not yet sufficiently explicated.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"give a detailed account of," 1530s, from Latin explicatus, past participle of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain" (see explicit). Related: Explicated; explicating.\n

  1. (context obsolete English) Evolved; unfolded. v

  2. (context transitive English) To explain meticulous or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze.

  1. v. make palin and comprehensible; "He explained the laws of physics to his students" [syn: explain]

  2. elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis" [syn: formulate, develop]

Usage examples of "explicate".

The experience with pentothal had shown conclusively that symptomatology having to do with specific traumas and conflicts could and did disappear when the trauma was revealed and the conflict explicated clearly to the waking self.

His relations with his father never warm had frosted, and a dip in Bentley fortunes never explicated had led him to a realisation that threats of excommunication from the family and the home were not idle ones.

All apparent movement and substance, then, are of this secondary order - that which is explicate, unfolded, manifest in space and time, filled with kittens and quasars and the need to connect with others.

The Marriage at Cana, now dated and explicated, became art history, and Francis (the Mercurial Francis, not the possessor of the tormented Catholic-Protestant conscience) was overjoyed.

Judge stepped on in his Szyrk opinion while Szyrk himself is out there somewhere right now hearing it exalted in terms of death and transfiguration, of the sacred seizing the profane in an embrace seething with sexual ferment saying it all 'makes him puke' with these 'hints of Christian sacrifice and suffering, its suggestions of journeys without end as the sculptor seems to turn away, smitten to the point where its beams buckle in shyness yet remain as firm and vigilant as a dog who has cornered his prey' to coin a phrase, as Christina broke off with the front page picture of the thing itself, towering over the new dining area at Mel's Kandy Kitchen like the one at Babel rising toward heaven till the Old Testament Sculptor up there was smitten to the point of sending down a confusion of tongues so that nobody knew what anyone else was talking about where the judge below explicated the Village defense resting on an act of God in his charge to the jury while assorted Baptists sang Amazing Grace and the high .

Sometimes, especially when he was in his car, he imagined that he could see behind himself, too, that his head was equal in compass to the full horizon 360 degrees around and the sky was the polished concavity of his skull and that everything he could see or think possessed equivalent reality and the people scurrying about so industriously through the city of his mind were merely ideas that could be explicated, adapted, or refuted.

In childish words, Cleindori had explicated a metaphysical theory that was beyond her, and probably beyond all of them.

Yet even in these micro­scopically observed and interminably explicated days, what was bub­bling inside him defied all explanations.

But though the name and function of the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee were strange to him, he read Locke, quoted Hume, and explicated Marx.

In postmodern culture, as Deleuze says explicating Foucault, "the forces in man enter into relation with forces from the outside, those of silicon replacing carbon, of genetic components replacing the organism, of agrammaticalities replacing the signifier.

As Deleuze says, explicating Foucault, "an inside deeper than any internal world" immediately encounters "an outside more distant than any external world.

That is why I keep my ignorance to myself and abstain from explicating the scriptures.