March 29, 2016
myopic (adjective)
\mye-AH-pik\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : affected by nearsightedness2 : lacking in foresight : limited in outlook
How do you use it?
Mrs. Hayes encourages her students to read newspapers and news magazines in order to keep them from developing a myopic view of world events.
Are you a word wiz?

Take a good, long look at the list below and see if you can pick the language from which "myopic" originated.

"Myopic" has its roots in the Greek word "myops," which comes from "myein," meaning "to be closed," and "ops," meaning "eye, face." English-speakers borrowed "myops" to form "myopia," a condition of the eye that causes problems in seeing distant objects clearly. The adjective "myopic" was formed from "myopia." People who have myopia can be referred to as "myopic" or, less formally, "nearsighted." "Myopic" also developed the extended meanings of "lacking in foresight" or "limited in outlook." So, if someone has trouble seeing things from a different perspective or has not considered all the possible consequences of his or her actions, you could describe him or her as "myopic."
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