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  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

The word disaster originally contained an astrological referent: the pejorative prefix dis, meaning “away from,” attached to the Latin astrum, meaning “star.” An ill-starred occurrence, much like its synonym “catastrophe” (that also contains the word star), the initial paradigm is that ...

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