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15671601
considered the greatest of the English Elizabethan pamphleteers, also a playwright, poet, and satirist. His first appearance in print was his preface to Robert Greene's Menaphon, which offers a brief definition of art and overview of contemporary literature.
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Bacchation: Revelry; drunkenness. From the Bacchantes, revelers at the festival of Bacchus, Roman god of wine (and fath...
Crepundian: A toy, a rattle. Hence, an empty talker, one who rattles on. Latin crepundia, a rattle, from crepare, crepi...
Dure: (1) An early form of endure, used from the 13th through the 17th century. The form during, now used as a pr...
Fabian: See Cunctation. Propertius used the phrase licens Fabius of the Fabian priests of Pan, who had the privileg...
Hap: (1) Chance, fortune; hence, good fortune (whence the present meanings of happily and happiness; haply still...
Hield: To bend; to slope; to bow to, to submit; to sink, decline, fall; to bend one's course; to turn aside; also,...
Killcow: A swashbuckler, braggadocio; person (that thinks he is) of importance. From kill + cow, the cow being the m...
Lac virginis: (1) A cosmetic; used in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Literally (Latin), milk of the Virgin. Thomas Na...
Level-coil: A noisy game formerly played at Christmas: each player in turn must leave his seat, which another takes. Pl...
Mulligrubs: A state of depression or low spirits. In his mulligrubs; sick of the mulligrubs, sometimes used of the stom...
Nippitate: A fine ale, or other good liquor; hence, as an adjective, of prime quality. Also with Latin or Italian endi...
Overture: (1) An opening, orifice, hole. From the 13th to the 18th century; both literal and figurative. (2) An open,...
Rampallion: A raspscallion (cp. scullion), a ruffian scoundrel. Perhaps related to ramp, q.v. Thomas Nashe in his STRAN...
Rounce robble hobble: A representation of the tumult of thunder, in Stanyhurst's translation (1582) of the AENEIS: A clapping fye...
Rouncival: Heroic (in size, volume); hence applied as noun or adjective to various large things. Also rownseval, rowns...
Small beer: Inferior beer. Thomas Nashe, in FOUR LETTERS CONFUTED (1592) speaks of poetry more spiritless than small be...
Woolpack: (1) Used figuratively of things resembling a pack of wool, as a spread of white water, a fleecy cloud. Thus...
Y-: A prefix (Old English and German ge-, earlier gi-; Teutonic ga) . It had various uses, the most frequent of...
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