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. Definitively thus I answer you: Your love deserves iny thanks; but my desert, Ummeritable, shuns your high request. Shakup. Bellarmine saith: because we think that the body of Christ may be in many places at once, locally and visibly; therefore we say and hold, that the same to, may be circumscriptively and *finitively in more places at once, Hall. "That Metheuselah was the longest lived of all the children of Adam, we need not grant; nor is it definitively set down by Moses. Brown. De F1'N 111 v EN Ess. n.s.. [from definitive.] Decisiveness. Dirf. Der LA GRA bi'lity. n. 1. [from defiagro, Lat.] Combustibility; the quality of taking fire, and burning totally away. We have spent more time than the opinion of the ready defiagrability, if I may so speak, of salt-petre did permit us to imagine. Boyle. DEFLA'GRAB i.e. adj. [from deflagro, Lat.] Having the quality of wasting away wholly in fire, without any remains. Our chymical oils, supposing that they were exactly pure, yet they would be, as the best spirit of wine is, but the more inflammable and doflagrable. DEFLAGRA’rion. n.s.[deflagratio, Lat.] A term frequently made use of in chymistry, for setting fire to several things in their preparation : as in making AEthiops with fire, with sal prunellae, and many others. Quincy. The true reason why paper is not burned by the flame that plays about it seems to be, that the aqueous part of the spirit of wine, being imbibed by the paper, keeps it so moist, that the flame of the sulphureous parts of the same spirit cannot fasten on it; and, therefore, when the defiagration is over, you shall always find the paper moist. Boyle. T, DEFLECT. v. m. [deflecto, Latin.] To turn aside; to deviate from a true course, or right line. At some parts of the Azores the needle diffectetb not, but lieth in the true meridian : on the other side of the Azores, and this side of the equator, the north point of the needle wheeleth to the west. Brown's Pulgar Errours. For, did not some from a straight course diffect, They could not meet, they could no world erect. - Blackmore. Def LE'ction. n.s.. [from deflecto, Lat.] 1. Deviation; the act of turning aside. Needles incline to the south on the other side of the equator; and at the very line, or middle circle, stand without diffection. rooft, 2. A turning aside, or out of the way. 3. [In navigation.] The departure of a ship from its true course. DE fie’x U R E. n. J. L.from deflecto, Latin.] A bending down; a turning aside, or out of the way. Diet. De flora’rios. m. s. (defleration, Fr. from defloratus, Latin.] 1. The act of deflouring; the taking away of a woman’s virginity. 2. A selection of that which is most valuable. The laws of Normandy are, in a great measure, the defloration of the English laws, and a transcript of them. Halt,

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Sospake the griesly terror; and in shape, So speaking . #: grew ..a More dreadful and deform. Milton. §: so deform what heart of rock could long Dry-eyed behold? ilton. DE for MA’Tion. m. s. [deformatio, Lat.] A defacing; a disfiguring. DEFo'RMED. participial adj. Ugly; wanting natural beauty. De Fo'RMED ly, adv. [from deform.] In an ugly manner. Defo'RMED Ness. n. . [from deformed.] Ugliness; a disagreeable form. DEFo'RMIT Y. n. . [deformitas, Lat.] 1. Ugliness; illfavouredness. l, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun, And descant on mine own deformity. , Shaksp. Proper deformity seems not in the fiend So horrid as in woman. Shakspeare. Where sits deformity to mock my body; To shape my legs of an unequal size, To disproportion me in every part. Shaks. Why should not man, Retaining still divine similitude In part, from such deformities be free, And, for his Maker's image sake, exempt? Milton.

Ridiculousness; the quality of something worthy to be "laughed at, or censured. In comedy there is somewhat more of the worse likeness to be taken; because it is often to produce laughter, which is occasioned by the sight of some deformity. Dryden. 3. Irregularity; inordinateness. No glory is more to be envied than that of due reforming either church or state, when deformities are such, that the perturbation and novelty are not like to exceed the benefit of reforming. Ring Charles. DE Fo'R so R. n. . [from forceur, Fr.] One that overcomes and casts out by force. A law term. Blount. To DEFRA'UD. v. a. [defraudo, Latin.] To rob or deprive by a wile or trick; to cheat; to cozen ; to deceive ; to beguile: with of before the thing taken by fraud. hat no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. Thessalonians. My son, defraud not the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long. Ecclus. Churches seem injured and defrauded of their right, when places, not sanctified as they are, prevent them unnecessarily in that pre-eminence and honour. - ooker. . There they, who brothers better claim disown, Expel their parents, and ...? the throne; Defraud their clients, and, to lucre sold, Sit brooding on unprofitable gold. Dryden. But now he seiz'd Briseis' heav'nly charms, And of my valour's prize defraud, my arms. Pope. There is a portion of our lives which every wise man may justly reserve for his own particular use, without dofrauding his native country.


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Df FRA'u DER. m. s. [from defraud.]. A deceiver; one that cheats. The profiigate in morals grow severe, Defrauder, just, and sycophants sincere: Blackmore. To DEFRAY. v. a. [defrayer, Fr.] To bear the charges of ; to discharge expences. He would, out of his own revenue, defray the charges belonging to the sacrifices. . Q Mac, It is easy ts lay a charge upon any town; but to foresee how the same may be answered and dofrayed, is the chief part of good advisement. Spenser. It is long since any stranger arrived in this part, and ão. take ye no care; the state will dofray you all the time you stay, neither shall you stay one day the less for that. Bacon. DE FRA’y F. R. n. . [from defray.] One that discharges expences. DEFRA’YMENT. m.s.. [from defray.] The payment of expences. DEFT. adj. [bacpz, Sax.] Obsolete. I. Neat; handsome ; spruce. 2. Proper; fitting. i. go not the way to examine: you must call the watch, that are their accusers— —Yea, marry; that's the dostest way. Shakup. 3. Ready; dexterous. Loud fits of laughter seiz'd the guests, to see The limping god so deft at his new *;, ** The wanton calf may skip with # a bound; And my cur, Tray, play oftest feats around. Gay. DE'ft LY. adv. [from deft.] Obsolete. 1. Neatly; dexterously. Come, high or low, Thyself and office deftly show ! Shais. Macbett. 2. In a skilful manner. Young Coliq Clout, a lad of peerless meed, Full well could dance, and dostly tune the reed. Gay. DEFU'NCT. adj. [defunctus, Lat.] Dead; deceased. I therefore beg it not To please the palate of my appetite; Nor to comply with heat, the young affects, In me defunct, and proper satisfaction. Shaksp. Here entity and quiddity, -The souls of defunct bodies, fly. Hudibrar. DE Fu'Nct. n. 4. [from the adjective.] One that is deceased; a dead man or woman. Nature doth abhor to make his couch With the defunct, or sleep upon the dead. o Shakspeare. In many cases, the searchers are able to report the opinion of the physician who was with the patient, as they receive the same from the friends of the dfunct. Graunt.

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Where seek retreat, now innocence is fled? Safe in that guard, I durst even hell defy; Without it, tremble now when heav'n is nigh. Dryden. Agis, the Lycian, stepping forth with pride, To single fight the boldest foe defied. Dryden. 2. To treat with contempt; to slight. As many fools that stand in better place, Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Dofy the matter. Shakspeare. DE vo. m. s. [from the verb.] A challenge; an invitation to fight: this is now hardly used At this the challenger, with fierce dosy, His o sounds; the challeng'd makes rep With our rings the field, resounds the vaulted sky. den. DEFY’e R. m. s. [from desy.] A challenger; one that invites to fight: more properly defter. God may revenge the affronts put upon them by such impudent difyers of both, as neither believe a God, nor ought to be believed by man. South. De GE'N ERAcv. n. 4. [from degeneratio, Latin.] " * 1. A departure from the virtue of our ancestors. 2. A desertion of that which is good. 'T is true, we have contracted a great deal of weakness and impotency by our wilful degeneracy from goodness; but that grace, which the gospel offers to us for our assistance, is sufficient for us. Tillotson. The ruin of a state is generally preceded by an universal degeneracy of manners, and contempt of religion, which is entirely our case at present. Swift. 3. Meanness. There is a kind of sluggish resignation, as well as poorness and degeneracy of spirit, in a state of slavery. Addison. To DEGE'NERATE. v. m. [degenerare, Lat. degenerer, Fr. degenerar, Span.] 1. To fall from the virtue of ancestors. 2. To fall from a more noble to a base

State. When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. illotson. 3. To fall from its kind; to grow wild or

base. Most of those fruits that use to be grafted, if they be set of kernels or stones, degenerate. Bacon. Dec E'N ER AT E. adj. [from the verb.] 1. Unlike his ancestors; fallen from the virtue and merit of his ancestors. Thou art like enough To fight against me under Piercy's pay; To dog his heels, and curt’sy at his frowns; To show how much thou art degenerate. Shakop. Yet thou hast greater cause to be Asham'd of them, than they of thee; Degenerate from their ancient brood, Since first the court allow'd them food. Swift. 2. Unworthy ; base; departing from its kind or nature. So all shall turn degen'rate, all deprav'd; Justice and temperance, truth and faith, forgot! One man except. When a man, so far becomes degenerate as to quit the principles of human nature, and to be a noxious creature, there is commonly an injury done some person or other. ocke. De GE’s ER AT EN Ess. n.s.. [from degene

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rate.] Degeneracy; a being grown wild, or out of kind. DE GENER AT 1 on. z. s. [from degenerat: 1. A deviation from the virtue of one's ancestors. 2. A falling from a more excellent state to one of less worth. 3. The thing changed from its primitive State. In plants, these transplantations are coo: as that of barley into oats; of wheat into driel; and those grains which generally arise among corn, as cockle, aracus, aegilops, and other doonerations. Brown's Vulgar Error. DEGE'Nerous. adj. [from dogener, Lat] 1. Degenerated; fallen from the virtue and merit of ancestors. 2. Wile; base; infamous: unworthy. Let not the tumultuary violence of some men's immoderate demands ever betray me to th: degenerous and unmanly slavery, which shred make me strengthen them by my consent: iny Clark. Shame, instead of piety, restrains them from many base and dogenerous practices. So, Dogenerous passion, and for man too base, It seats its empire in the female race; " There rages, and, to make its blow secure, Puts flatt'ry on, until the aim be sure. Dr. DE GE'N E Rous LY. adv. [from dege:or. ows.] In a degenerate manner; baself; meanly. How wounding a spectacle is it to see heroes, like Hercules at the distaff, thus do employed! Decay of Po. DEG LUT I'Tron. m. s. Laoglutition, Fr. from deglutio, Lat.] The act or power of swallowing. When the doglutition is totally abolished to patient may be nourished by clysters. Aro. Degrad A'rios. n.s. [d-gradation, Fr] 1. A deprivation of dignity; dismission from office. The word degradation is commonly used to denote a deprivation and removing of a minto his degree. Ayo. 2. Degeneracy; baseness. So deplorable is the degradation of our no that whereas before webore the image of Go, we now retain only the image of men, Jo 3. Diminution, with respect to strength, efficacy, or value. 4. In painting. A term made use of to express the lessening and renderos confused the appearance of distant * jects in a landscape, so as they may P. pear there as they would do to an o' placed at that distance from them. Do

To DEGRATE. v. a. [degrader, Fr.]. 1. To put one from his degree, to depr" him of his office, dignity, go e u Be quite degraded, like a hedgeborn swain That doth presume to boast of gentle blood. Skoro 2. To lessen ; to diminish the value of Nor shalt thou, by descending to assume o Man's nature, lessen or degrade thine own. Af, All higher knowledge in her presence # D. graded. Æfor 3. To reduce from a higher to a low; state, with respect to qualities: as so is degraded into silver.

* De GR AvA’rio N. m. s. [from degravatur, of degravo, Lat.] The act of making eavy. IXict. DEGREE. m. s. [degré, Fr. from graduo, Latin.] *. 1. Quality; rank; station; place of dignity. It was my fortune, common to that age, To love a lady fair, of great degree, The which was born of noble parentage, And set in highest seat of dignity. Spenter. I embrace willingly the ancient received course and conveniency of that discipline, which teacheth inferior degrees and orders in the church of God. Hooker. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lic: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. Psalms. ... Well then, Coleville is your name, a knight is your degree, and your place the dale. , Shakop. Degree being wizarded, Th'unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask. - Shakspeare. This noble youth to madness lov'd a dame Of high degree, Honoria was her name. Dryden. Farmers in degree; , He a good husband, a good housewife she. Dryd. But is no rank, no station, no degree, From this contagious taint of sorrow free? Prior.

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vesy Admits of no degreer; but must be still Sublimely good, or despicably ill. Roscommon. 3. A stop or preparation to any thing. Her first degree was by setting forthherbeauties; truly in nature not to be misliked, but as much advanced to the eye, as abased to the judgment, y art. Sidney. Which sight the knowledge of myself might bring which toole wisdom is the first degree. Davies. 4. Order of lineage : descent of family. King Latinus, in the third degree, Had Saturn author of his family. 5. Order or class. The several digrees of angels may probably have larger views; and be endowed with capacities able to set before them, as in one picture, all their past knowledge at once. Locke. 6. Measure; proportion. If all the parts are equally heard as loud as one another, they will 'stun you to that degree, that you will fancy your ears were torn in pictes. o Dryden. 7. In geometry.] The three hundred and sixtieth part of the circumference of a circle. The space of one degree in the heavens is accounted to answer to sixty miles on earth. In minds and manners, twins oppos'd we see; In the same sign, almost the same degree. Dryd. To you who live in chill degree, As map informs, of fifty-three. 3. [In arithmetick.] A degree consists of three figures, viz. of three places, comprehending units, tens, and hundreds; so three hundred and sixty-five is a de£ref. Cocker's drithmetick.


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and little. Their bodies are exercised in all abilities both of doing and suffering, and their minds acquainted by degrees with danger. Sidney. 1joth not this etherial medium, in passing out of water, glass, crystal, and other compact and dense bodies, into empty spaces, grow denser and denser by degreer Newton. Exulting in triumph now swell the bold notes; In broken air, trembling, the wild musick floats; Till by degrees remote and small, The strains decay, And melt away, In a dying, dying fall. Pope. A person who is addicted to play or gaming, though he took but little delight in it at first, by degrees contracts a strong inclination towards it. Spectator.

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Eneas here beheld, of form divine, A godlike youth in glitt'ring armour shine; With great Marcelluskeeping equal pace; But gloomy were his eyes, djected was his face. - Dryden. DeJE'cT. adj. [defectus, Latin.] --Cast down; afflicted; low-spirited. I am of ladies most doject and wretched, That suck'd the honey of his musick vows. Sbuktpeare, De Je’cTE DLY. adv. [from deject.] In a dejected manner; sadly; heavily. No man in that passion doth look strongly, but dojectedly; and that repulsion from the eyes diverseth the spirits, and gives heat more to the ears, and the parts by them. Bacon. DEJF'cted Ness... n. s. [from dejected.] The state of being cast down; a lowness of spirits. - Dict. DeJE/ction. n. 4. [dejection, Fr. from dejectio, Latin † - 1. Lowness of spirits; melancholy; depression of mind. What besides Of sorrow, and djection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring. Most. Deserted and astonished, he sinks into utter djection; and even hope itself is swallowed up in despair. •gers. 2. Weakness; inability. The effects of an alkalescent state, in any great degree, are thirst and adjection of appetite, which putrid things occasion more than any other. Arbuthnot on Aliments. 3. [In medicine.] Going to stool. helivershould continually separate the choler from the blood, and empty it into the intestines; where there is good use for it, not only to provoke dejection, but also to attenuate the chyle. Ray on the Creation.

Dejecture. n.s.. [from deject.] The excrement. A disease opposite to spissitude, is too great fluidity: the symptoms of which are excess of animal secretions; as of perspiration, sweat, urine, liquid djectures; leanness, weakness, and thirst. Arbuthnot or Aliments. DEJ ERA'tion. n.s.. [from dejero, Latin.] A taking of a solemn oath. Dirt. DF if I ca’rio N. m. s. Ldeification, French.] The act of deifying, or making a god. De’s for M. adj. [from deus and orna, Latin.] Of a godlike form. To DE'IFY. v. a. [deifier, French; from deus and fio, Latin.] 1. To make a god of ; to adore as god ; to transfer into the number of the divinities. Daphnis, the fields delight, the shepherds love, Renown'd on earth, and deified above. Dryden. The seals of Julius Caesar which we know to be antique, have the star of Venus over them, though they were all graven after his death, as a note that he was deified. Dryden. Persuade the covetous man not to deify his money, and the proud man not to adore himself.

South. Half of thee Is deified before thy death. Prior. 2. To praise excessively; to extol one as if he were a god.

He did again so extol and defy the pope, as made all that he had said in praise of his master

and mistress seem temperate and passable. t Bacon,

To DEIGN. v. n. [from daigner, Fr. of dignor, Latin.] To vouchsafe; to think worthy. Deign to descend now lower, and relate What may no less perhaps avail us known. Afola. Oh! deign to visit our forsaken seats, The mossy fountains, and the green *: ** To De GN. v. a. To grant; to permit; to allow. Now Sweno, Norway's king, craves camposition; Nor would we deign him burial of his men, Till he disburs'd ten thousand dollars. Skob DE1's N1,N G. m. s. [from deign.] A vouchsafing; a thinking worthy. To Dei'NTE GRATE. v. a. [from de and integro, Latin.] To take from th: whole; to spoil; to diminish. Dirt: DE 1'PARous. adj. [deiparus, Lat..] That brings forth a god; the epithet applied to the blessed Virgin. Dict. DETSM. m. s. (deisme, French.] Th: opinion of those that only acknowledge one God, without the reception of ary revealed religion. Deism, or the principles of natural worship, are only the faint remnants or dying flames of revealed religion in the posterity §§. Dryá DE’ist. m. s. [deiste, French. A man who follows no particular religion, but only acknowledges the existence of God, without any other article of faith. In the second epistle of St. Peter, certain deist, as they seem to have been, laughed at the Prophecy of the day of judgment. Barra.

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