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LONDON: ROBSON AND SON, GREAT NORTHERN PRINTING WORKS,

PANCRAS ROAD, N.W.

PREFACE.

My friend Mr. SWYNFEN JERVIS had revised the proof-sheets of one half of the present volume, when an ailment, from which he had been suffering for a considerable time, at last proved fatal. On his death-bed he expressed an anxious wish that the remainder of the work, which was quite complete in manuscript, should be printed with the same accuracy as the portion he had himself superintended at press; and, in becoming the Editor of the latter half of his Dictionary, I have endeavoured to fulfil that wish. My task has been a comparatively easy one ; nothing more having been required of me than to see that the manuscript was faithfully followed, and to correct some trifling errors of quotation. I need hardly add, that I have attempted no alteration in any of the few glosses to which I happen not to subscribe.

Mr. SWNYFEN JERVIS was born in London, May 10th, 1797 ; and died at his seat, Darlaston Hall, in Staffordshire, January 15th, 1867.

ALEXANDER DYCE.

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'A. He.

The which if he can prove, 'a pops me out
At least from fair five hundred pound a-year.

King John, i. 1. 'A made a fine end, and went away, an it had been any christom child; 'a parted even just between twelve and one, even at the turning o' the tide.

Henry 5, ii. 3. A pestilence on him for a mad rogue ! 'a poured a flagon of Rhenish on my head once.

Hamlet, v. 1.

A BCEE - BOOK. A horn-book ; a primer ; a

catechism.
And then comes answer like an abcee-book.

King John, i. 1. To ABHOR. To reject ; to protest against.

Therefore I say again,
I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul,
Refuse you for my judge.

Henry 8, ii. 4.

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Το ΑΒΑΤΕ. . To lessen ; to diminish; to de-
ject; to depress; to shorten.
Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
That would reduce these bloody days again!

Richard 3, v. 5.
If he have

power,
Then vail your ignorance; if none, abate
Your dangerous lenity.

Coriolanus, iii. 1.
Till at length
Your ignorance deliver you, as most
Abated captives, to some nation
That won you without blows.

Ibid. iii. 3. 0, long and tedious night, abate thy hours !

Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.

To ABIDE. To sojourn ; to tarry awhile ; to pay dearly; to suffer.

There's no virtue whipped out of the court : they cherish it, to make it stay there; and yet it will no more but abide. Winter's Tale, iv. 2. I'll call upon you straight : abide within.

Macbeth, iii. 1. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.

Julius Cæsar, üii. 2. ABILITIES. Strength ; power of resisting at

tack.
So may he with more facile question bear it,
For that it stands not in such warlike brace,
But altogether lacks the abilities
That Rhodes is dress'd in.

Othello, i. 3.

АвJECT. . A mean and despicable person ; a

slave.
We are the queen's abjects, and must obey.

Richard 3, i. 1.

B.

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