American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. Regarding; concerning: "This question remains a vital consideration anent the debate over the possibility of limiting nuclear war to military objectives” ( New York Times).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a line with; side by side with; on a level with.
- In front of; fronting; before; opposite; over against.
- Against; toward.
- In respect of or regard to; as to; concerning; about: sometimes with as.
- On the other side; in an opposite place or situation.
- From Middle English anent ("insofar as, inasmuch as, in comparison with, with respect to, as regards, concerning, in the opinion or judgment of; next to, close to, up to, near, adjoining, across from, over against, facing"), anen, from Old English on emn, on efen ("level with, beside", literally "on even"); compare German neben. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English onefn, near : on, on; see on + efn, even. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Though I cannot admire his style, I admire the man who wrote to me, Re Tennysonyour remarks anent his In Memoriam make me sick: for though re is not a preposition of the first water, and anent has enjoyed its day, the finish crowned the work.”
“She pursued, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the Frank asked Nur al-Din anent the maker of the kerchief, he answered, saying, “In very sooth this kerchief is the handiwork of my mother, who made it for me with her own hand.””
“It meant twice the usual number of inside telephone calls anent rooms too hot, rooms too cold, radiators hammering, radiators hissing, windows that refused to open, windows that refused to shut, packages undelivered, hot water not forthcoming.”
“Al. Fairbrother, editor of Everything, campions the word anent, and says it is a smooth and juicy word.”
“Who persuaded the Tsar to break his word anent Port Arthur?”
“` ` Friend Ranald, '' answered Dalgetty, ` ` I have read of these boons in silly story-books, whereby simple knights were drawn into engagements to their great prejudice; Therefore, Ranald, the more prudent knights of this day never promise anything until they know that they may keep their word anent the premises, without any displeasure or incommodement to themselves.”
“Heggins, for a couple of bottles of Deacon Jaffrey's best brown stout, asking if he could pawn his word anent its being genuine, as it was for a gentleman in delicate health.”
“The Lexicographic Irregulars—from Olbom On Language’s Board of Octogenarian Mentors to the English teachers compelled to begin with the word anent—are my sources of inspiration and information.”
“But it was weel on for five years since I had singled her out; and though I never said a word anent the subject o 'matrimony, yet I had reason to think she had a shrewd guess that my heart louped quicker when she opened her lips than if a regiment o' infantry had stealed behint me unobserved, and fired their muskets ower my shouther; and I sometimes thought that her een looked as if she wished to say, 'Are ye no gaun to ask me, David?”
““Friend Ranald,” answered Dalgetty, “I have read of these boons in silly story-books, whereby simple knights were drawn into engagements to their great prejudice; wherefore, Ranald, the more prudent knights of this day never promise anything until they know that they may keep their word anent the premises, without any displeasure or incommodement to themselves.”
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