A Word A Day : Myopia

Word of 2nd July 2007: A Word A Day-Myopia


( Adjective )

Myopia (mye OH pee uh): nearsightedness, lack of foresight

Myopia is the fancy medical name for the inability to see clearly at a distance. It's also a word used in connection with people who lack other kinds of visual acuity.

• The President suffered from economic myopia. He was unable to see the consequences of his fiscal policies.

• The worker's dissatisfaction was inflamed by management's myopia on the subject of wages.

• To suffer myopia is to be myopic. Some people who wear glasses are myopic. So are the people who can't see the consequences of their actions.

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