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1672, May 11719, Jun 17
an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.
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Cachexy: A depraved condition: of a person -- body or mind -- or of a state, as MACMILLAN'S MAGAZINE of November 188...
Commode: As an adjective: convenient, suitable. Used in the 17th century. Via French from Latin com, together + modu...
Dole: This common form came into the language from three sources; it has had many meanings. (1) Old English dal, ...
Dumbbell: In 1711, Joseph Addison wrote in The Spectator that "I exercise myself an Hour every Morning upon a du...
Gale: (1) A plant, the bog-myrtle, also called sweet gale, from the twigs of which gale-beer is made. Crabbe in T...
Lace: To catch in a net or snare; to variegate, streak with color (originally, from gold and silver lace) ; hence...
Rhapsody: Originally, an epic poem; especially, a book of the ILIAD or the ODYSSEY, which could be presented aloud at...
Roger: From the name came various other uses. (1) A begging vagabond claiming to be a poor scholar from Oxford or ...
Salamander: A lizard-like animal, supposedly immune to fire. (Benvenuto Cellini, 1500-1571, recorded that when he was a...
Small beer: Inferior beer. Thomas Nashe, in FOUR LETTERS CONFUTED (1592) speaks of poetry more spiritless than small be...
Whiffler: (1) A smoker of tobacco; usually contemptuous. Used from the 17th to the 19th century; so also (2) a trifle...
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