Popular and Complete English Dictionary: Exhibiting the Pronunciation, Etymology, and Explanation of Every Word Usually Employed in Science, Literature, and Art, Volume 1

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William Collins, 1848 - English language
 

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Page 22 - When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me ; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tomb-stone, my heart melts with compassion ; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow...
Page 23 - I was here airing myself on the tops of the mountains, I fell into a profound contemplation on the vanity of human life; and passing from one thought to another, Surely, said I, man is but a shadow and life a dream.
Page 164 - To break from, to dis! engage from; to depart abruptly, or with vehemence. To break in, to enter by force; to enter unexpectedly; to intrude. To break loose, to get free by force; to escape from confinement by violence; to shake off restraint To break off, to part; to divide; also, to desist suddenly. To break off from, to part from with violence.
Page 317 - Tenant by the curtesy of England, is where a man marries a woman seised of an estate of inheritance, that is of lands and tenements in fee-simple or fee-tail; and has by her issue, born alive, which was capable of inheriting her estate. In this case, he shall, on the death of his wife, hold the lands for his life, as tenant by the curtesy of England.
Page 10 - The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Page 31 - An event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation ; an event that proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected ; chance, casualty, contingency.
Page 26 - I were chained, unarmed, and bed-rid old, Perhaps I should revile; but as I am, I have no tongue to rail. The humble Norval Is of a race who strive not but with deeds. Did I not fear to freeze thy shallow valour, And make thee sink too soon beneath my sword, I'd tell thee — what thou art. I know thee well.
Page 229 - The science of time ; the method of measuring, or computing time by regular divisions or periods, according to the revolutions of the sun or moon, of ascertaining the true periods or years when past events or transactions took place, and arranging them in their proper order according to their dates.
Page 24 - Music won the cause. The prince, unable to conceal his pain, Gazed on the fair Who caused his care, And sighed and looked, sighed and looked, Sighed and looked, and sighed again : At length, with love and wine at once oppressed, The vanquished victor sunk upon her breast.
Page 157 - I heard not of it till today. 27. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech: and both of them made a league.

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