#4. Capacious

I discovered the following paragraph in a blog by Elif Batuman discussing Comics from the London Review of Books:

“But ‘graphic novel’ can usefully designate a certain type of comic: a single-author, book-length work, meant for a grown-up reader, with a memoiristic or novelistic narrative, usually devoid of superheroes. By contrast, the older and more capacious term ‘comic book’ recalls the thinner, serialised, multi-authored or ghost-written publications rife with Supermen and She-Hulks.”

ca-pa-cious  (9 letters  | 3 syllables)


   (adj) Large in capacity

    (adj) containing or capable of containing a great deal.
synonyms: ample, spacious, commodious.

Latin capac-, capax capacious, capable, from Latin capere

First Known Use: 1606



Origin and Etymology of ‘Capacious’

1610s, “able to contain,” from Latin capax (genitive capacis) “able to take in,” from capere “to take” (see capable) + -ous. Meaning “able to hold much” is from 1630s. Related: Capaciously; capaciousness

Etymology Online

Bloggers Note:

Example: “She rummaged in her capacious handbag.”

-note- several sources used sentences similar to this as their primary “example sentences.” There are inferences that can be made from the visual of a woman rummaging through her purse as opposed to, say, an accountant organizing a capacious filing cabinet. 

Bar chart showing the usage of 'capacious' over 309 years.

Use of “capacious” spiked in the 1770s

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