This word refers to the representation of people in paintings as sheep or lambs. It’s derived from “agnus”, which is Latin for lamb. Usage dates back to 1856, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Earliest usage is credited to John Mason Neale, an author and clergyman in the Church of England. Neale wrote the popular “Good King Wenceslas” Christmas carol.
Word Archaeology: agnification
October 29, 2020