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eccedentesiast (noun) – one who fakes a smile (on television for example)

Source : Babylon10 Dictionary

Etymology : “eccedentesiast” is a neologism (new coinage from scratch).

It is a “portmanteau” (literally, “suitcase”) word that’s artificially carpentered together by combining Latin roots. “-iast” denotes a “practitioner,” or sometimes a “performer”; an “enthusiast” is an emotional performer of his own excitement, and an an “ecdysiast,” or stripper, is a “skin practitioner” or “-performer” (stripping was once called “the skin trade”). This suffix is common in portmanteau words. It’s pronounced ek-D?-ze-ast.

“Ecce” is Latin for “I present to you”; Herod’s “Ecce homo” concerning Jesus means “Here is the man.” “Dentes,” of course, are teeth; the coiner of the word (somewhat clumsily) renders “smile” as “a show of teeth.”

Thus an eccedentesiast is someone who “performs by showing teeth,” or smiling–a “professional smiler.” The implication, naturally enough, is that such a person is insincere and merely putting on a show.

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