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OF THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE!

IN WHICH

The WORDS are deduced from their Originals,
Explained in their Different Meanings,

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Authorized by the NAMES of the WRITERS in
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SAMUEL JOHNSO N,^pm.

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An ENGLISH GRAMMAR.

To this Edition are added,

A HISTORY of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE,

The Author's PREFACE to the Folio,

AND

A considerable Number of WORDS, none of which are
contained in the London a.

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PT- The Third Edition, carefully revised.

DUBLIN:

PRINTED BY W. G. JONES,

FOR THOMAS EWING, IN DAME-STREET,

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THE

PREFACE

To the LONDON OCTAVO.

HAVING been long employed in the study and cultivation of the English language, I lately published a dictionary like those compiled by the academies of Italy and France, for the use of such as aspire to exactness of criticism or elegance of style.

But it has been since considered, that works of that kind are by no means necessary to the greater number of readers, who, seldom intending to write or presuming to judge, turn over books only to amuse their leisure, and to gain degrees of knowledge suitable to lower characters, or necessary to the common business of life: these know not any other use of a dictionary than that of adjusting orthography, or explaining terms of science or words of infrequent occurrence, or remote derivation.

For these purposes many dictionaries have been written by different authors, and with different degrees of. (kill; but none of them have yet fallen into my hands, by which even the lowest expectations could be satisfied. Some of their authors wanted industry, and others literature: some knew not their own defects, and others were too idle to supply them.

For this reason a small dictionary appeared yet to be wanting to common readers: and, as I may without arrogance claim to myself a longer acquaintance with the lexicography of our language than any other writer has had, I shall hope to be considered as having more experience at least than most of my predecessors, and as more likely to accommodate the nation with a vocabulary of daily use. I therefore offer to the publick an abstractor epitome of my former work.

In comparing this with other dictionaries of the fame kind, it will be found to have several advantages.

L It contains many words not to be found in any other,

H. Many barbarous terms and phrases by which other dictionaries may vitiate the style, are rejected from this,

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