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1663, Feb 251718, Feb 18
an English author, playwright, and translator. Motteux was a significant figure in the evolution of English journalism in his era, as the publisher and editor of The Gentleman's Journal, "the first English magazine," from 1692 to 1694. His death in a bawdy house was thought to be suspicious, and caused a good deal of legal disturbance." Five people were tried for his murder, but were acquitted.
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By-blow: A side stroke. Hence other meanings grew: (1) a calamity as a side effect of the main action, as in the sta...
Infaust: Unlucky, ill-omened. See faust. A fairly common word, 17th into 19th (Edward Bulwer-Lytton; James Russell L...
Kam: Awry, crooked. From the Celtic; Welsh cam, crooked; hence (also in English) cam, perverse, obstinate. Shake...
Legem pone: Cash down; ready payment. These are the first two (Latin) words of the fifth section of PSALM 1 19, which o...
Letating: Making glad. Latin laetare, to rejoice, make glad; laetus, cheerful. Peter Anthony Motteux in his translati...
Obeliscolychny: A light-house; light-bearer. Greek obeliskos, a small spit (whence also obelisk) + lychnion, lamp-stand. Ac...
Rhyparography: The painting of mean or sordid subjects. From Greek rhyparos, filthy. Rhyparography, in Smith's DICTIONARY ...
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