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To divide into halves; to reduce to half. Latin di, dis, asunder + medium, middle; hence also dimidiation. Dimidiated, halved, but also dimidiate as an adjective; Charles Lamb in his POPULAR FALLACIES (ESSAYS OF ELIA; 1825) says that the author of TOM BROWN'S SCHOOL DAYS allows his hero a sort of dimidiate preeminence: -- Bully Dawson kicked by half the town, and half the town kicked by Bully Dawson.


(1) A variant of lake, q.v., meaning play. (2) A variant of lay, pertaining to the laity, not of the church. Also used as a noun, meaning a layman, one not of the clergy. Charles Lamb in IMPERFECT SYMPATHIES (ESSAYS OF ELIA; 1833) points out that oath-taking creates a sort of double standard of truth: A great deal of incorrectness and inadvertency, short of falsehood, creeps into ordinary conversation; and a kind of secondary or laic truth is tolerated, where clergy truth -- oath truth -- by the nature of the circumstance, is not required.
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