Nice – another word with all five vowels to add to my collection! 🙂
I had never heard of the word sequacious before, so I checked several dictionary definitions.
The American Heritage dictionary defines sequacious as follows:
1. Highly impressionable or unquestioning, especially in following a leader or embracing an idea: “False philosophers … have beclouded educated but sequacious minds” (John Gardner).
2. Coherent or flowing smoothly from one part to the next: “I make these notes, but am tired of notes … I want something sequacious now & robust” (Virginia Woolf).
[From Latin sequāx, sequāc-, pursuing, from sequī, to follow; see sekw- in Indo-European roots
Collins English Dictionary‘s definition:
1. logically following in regular sequence
2. ready to follow any leader; pliant
[C17: from Latin sequāx pursuing, from sequī to follow]
Random House Kenerman Webster College dictionary says:
easily led; servile.
[1630–40; < Latin sequāx, s. sequāc- following closely, pliant, derivative of sequī to follow; see -acious]
(Webster College, Collins & Webster definitions found on the online Free Dictionary .)
Dictionary.com gives this definition:
1. following with smooth or logical regularity.
2. Archaic. following, imitating, or serving another person, especially unreasoningly.
So my question is: Are Trump supporters sequacious? Indeed, are most people sequacious?
Although “readily following any leader” seems to be an archaic definition of sequacious, I pursue this definition after reading an opinion piece in today’s online Washington Post which says that people tend to vote identity, rather than ideology. Party affiliation is, to most people, more important, than whether or not one agrees with the ideas of the party. Thus one forms a sort of “generic” image of one’s own and the others’ political parties, attaching labels to simplify. According to this perspective, the average Trump voter tends to ignore his boorish behavior, but rather voted for him – and continue to support him – because he was the Republican Party’s nominee for president.
Logically following in regular sequence, Collins English dictionary’s first definition, makes me think of seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall or anything cyclical in nature: flowers, insects…
I saw this cute yellow caterpillar one day:
Today I found out it will become a boring-looking American dagger moth, like this:
Nevertheless, the life cycle of the fuzzy yellow caterpillar is sequacious and it will always become the common American dagger moth.
Here’s another caterpillar I spotted yesterday:
Sequaciously, it will probably turn into another common kind of moth, although I have been unable to find out which one. I’ll keep searching!
Posted for Sunday RDP: Sequacious.