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06-16-2012, 11:34 PM
I wrote some lyrics 8 years ago and they contained the word: diaphylactic

I don't know where the hell I got the word from, and I even forgot what it meant.

I googled it but it didn't come up. Did find this though:

Definition of phylactic: serving to protect especially against disease
Definition of dia: from Greek dia through, between, across, by

Any of the native English speakers here that can help me with the word?
I would also like to know if the word works even if it is not a real word? How would you all understand it?

The full sentence of the lyric goes: Let me dictate my hate for this diaphylactic lacking estate... (estate is used in the lyric as a representation of society)

I could have misspelled it also, if any other word seems a more likely candidate.

I appreciate any help to clear up this confusion I've brought upon myself, because I can't complete something unless this is sorted out.


solomon levi
06-17-2012, 03:12 AM
I think it's a good word.
I would interpret it pretty much as the roots show - protection between two things.
The most popular use/word is prophylactic - a rubber/condom - pro meaning for/towards protection.

06-17-2012, 05:02 AM
My opinion on this is simple:

Even if it wasn't a 'word' before you wrote it... it is one now :)

And we can sometimes use a bit of poetic/artistic license (even taking it further than its definition) if we feel so inspired and if we feel it serves the purpose of our creation.

Paraphylactic also sounds good. So does extraphylactic, antiphilactic, inter/introphylactic, pseudophylactic and hyperphylactic.

IMO, it's more about the resonance/vibration that the word carries, than what the dictionary says (or doesn't say) it means :).

06-17-2012, 06:08 AM
First you have Dia ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dia?s=ts)

“A prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek ( diabetes; dialect ) and used, in the formation of
compound words, to mean “passing through” ( diathermy ), “thoroughly,” “completely” ( diagnosis ),
“going apart” ( dialysis ), and “opposed in moment” ( diamagnetism ).”

Then Phylactic ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/phylactic?s=t)

“Defending or protecting, especially from disease.”

There is the word Prophylatic (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/prophylactic)

"sometimes used to describe a condom."

Then Diphyletic (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Diphyletic)

"Relating to or characterized by descent from two ancestral groups of animals or plants"

Another word is Anaphylaxis ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/anaphylaxis)

"Relating to extreme sensitivity to a substance; severe allergic reaction better known as Anaphylatic Shock ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/anaphylactic_shock)

I read somewhere that while we are in the age of Pisces we need leaders and hence churches and the likes,
but once we move into the age of Aquarius this will no longer be the case and we become independent working
as one with no leaders.

Perhaps when one is in a "Diaphylatic State" it means one is breaking through the over-
protectiveness, a disease that we have been living in, achieving this through procreation of differing
ancestral groups (evolution/cross pollination); one becomes independent/separate/unique.

Or not :)

As Androgynus points out above there could be many meanings of the word, but it would appear you
created the word Dev and now it is for you to say how it is defined. It's all a bit shakespearean...

I wait in anticipation ;)


06-17-2012, 12:31 PM
Thanks all. It helps.

So a diaphylatic lacking society = a society that lacks a breaking through the over-protectiveness we are all surrounded by (State, Parents, media moral etc)???

Make sense?

Andro: I am not against creating new words, but I also suffer from not wanting to be grammatically incorrect or appearing ignorant... an effect of teachers cracking down on my creative side throughout school... they always complained I have to learn the rules before I break them... I just broke them from the start... I guess this is still in me... fucking teacher parasites!


solomon levi
06-17-2012, 10:38 PM
I read it that the estate is not providing protection between two things...
need more context as to what those two things are...

I imagined that the state did not protect the people from the state??
But you would know better than me...

Especially in poetry you reserve the right to be creative with words.
This one isn't a stretch by any means. I'm surprised it's not in the dictionary. :)

10-05-2013, 02:03 AM
I found the word in my old dictionary I had in a box:

diaphylactic (-fi-lak'tik): a preventive against disease

So a diaphylatic lacking society = a society that lacks disease prevention!

Case closed!