The SOED defines it as "Excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques, or in the applicability of the methods of physical science to other fields, especially human behavior and the social sciences.
Karma, for the SOED, is defined so: "In Buddhism and Hinduism, the sum of a person's actions, especially intentional actions, regarded as determining that person's future states of existence.
The agreement resulted in the creation of a separate curricular document for Catholic schools, Religious Education 5-14 Roman Catholic Schools (1993), produced and funded collaboratively by the SOED and the Catholic Church.
The convener of Review and Development Group 5 (RDG5), the group set up by the SOED and responsible for the creation of the Religious and Moral Education 5-14 Guidelines
At the time of these major changes to the curriculum, the SCCC was a quasi-autonomous agency maintained by the SOED to develop and monitor the curriculum in schools.
28) Another way of seeing the same thing is to calculate the average age of words, Using the series of words in use identified in the SOED
, starting with the year 1150 CE and dating words from the midpoints of the intervals shown in Appendix B, yields an average age of 298 years.
It is noticeable, but understandable, that the figurative application of animal names to humans is much more significant than that involving inanimates (though examples of the latter do occur, as in the pejorative use in English of clod/ clot, (great) lump, and noodle (though SOED describes the word as being of unknown origin), the similar German Klotz, 'great lump of a person', or the French nouille and nave/naveton for 'fool', derived from a little-admired vegetable, the navet).
Given the reputation of the shark as a predator and its metaphorical use in several languages, it is difficult to see why the SOED is unwilling to make the connection.
Wyld reviewed the first edition of SOED in Review of English Studies, x (1934), 85-93, he singled out for special censure the cautious treatment of etymologies, and among them that SOED expressed some hesitation as it gave the probable etymological relationship of boot and better.
That appears to be the evidence on which the New SOED bases the dating of the borrowing.
Neither OED nor the 1973 SOED had an entry for en croute, unlike the New SOED where it is dated 'L20', late twentieth-century.