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The Etymology of Millettism derives from the surname of Millette, the definitions of which are greatly expanded upon in the context of Millettarian Philosophy and in other forms of Millettarian Culture, an example of which is the redefinition of Millette into both a verb and an adjective.

Millette as a surname is used for the main character of The Five Millettarian Characters known as Jesse Millette, the central protagonist of The Original Jesse Millette Series, as well as in wider Millettarian Literature and Millettarian Culture. It is important to note that Millettism as a term is not derived from the character of Jesse Millette directly, but more so from the surname of Millette and its own etymology so as to distinguish between Millettism and Jesse Millette.

The surname of Millette is an alternative spelling for the French name Millet where the name was first founded in Burgundy and has been traced there from ancient times. It is likely that the name formed from a metonymic occupational name for one who grew or sold Millet or panic grass, a millet-like grain for animal feed. The Millette surname spelling is most commonly found in the English counties of Lancashire and Cheshire, hence the connection between Brandon Taylorian and his choosing of this surname for the Jesse Millette character due to his birthplace and residence in the county of Lancashire.

The particular word of Millette was chosen for the surname of the protagonist due to its derivation from the Slavic element of the name 'mil' meaning mercy, as is transferred into a philosophical context to mean the mercy of mind, of spirit, of body, and of one's ability to free both oneself and others through one's practice of mercy.

The etymology of Millettism and its fundamental origins therefore play a large role in describing the essence of what it means to be both Millettarian in character, but also what it means to follow Millettism, as well as the principles that Millettism itself expounds. The association between Millettism and the concept and practice of mercy is one that is expected to ignite debate over the essence of the Millettarian philosophical tradition, especially regarding the application of mercy in this context. Mercy is addressed in The Omnidoxy within the discourse of The Role of Mercy in Millettism as part of the discipline of study of prerology due to mercy's meaning of freedom within a Millettarian context.

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