American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. With a sidelong glance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To or out at the corner or angle of the eye; obliquely; toward one side; not in the straight line of vision; askance; furtively.
- In the condition of squinting; oblique.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. With the eye directed to one side; not in the straight line of vision; obliquely; awry, so as to see distortedly.
- adj. (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
- Middle English : a-, on; see a-2 + -squint; akin to skwyn (in of skwyn, obliquely). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I know God is wise in all; wonderful in what we conceive, but far more in what we comprehend not: for we behold him but asquint, upon reflex or shadow; our understanding is dimmer than”
“Christian use; and stand condemned by us, not as evil in themselves, but as allurements and baits of superstition to those vulgar heads that look asquint on the face of truth, and those unstable judgments that cannot resist in the narrow point and centre of virtue without a reel or stagger to the circumference.”
“As to others, it was Sir Robert Filmer, a strong defender of patriarchal and monarchical authority, who observed that "Cardinal Bellarmine and Calvin both look asquint this way.”
“Which mistake the Greek version seems to patronise; I will send you Elias the Tishbite; which word the Tishbite, they add of themselves in favour of their own tradition; which indeed is too frequent a usage in that version to look so far asquint towards the Jewish traditions as to do injury to the sacred text.”
“Delight with the Former; but especially for Persons that have the unhappiness of looking asquint, it is an excellent Disposer of the sight, to a direct Line, and helps that _Watermans_ quality of _Looking one way, and Rowing another_.”
“The first is the meere vizor of zeale, looking asquint one way and tending another; pretending God and his glory, intending some private and sinister end; first, either of honour and promotion, as _Jehu_, who marched furiously, and his word was the Lord of hosts, but his project was the kingdome.”
“I have been happy in this little flat; only -- "she leaned back and inclined her head with her eyes asquint --" only the paper in this room is atrocious; it's a typical landlord's selection -- McGaw picked it out.”
“I know He is wise in all, wonderful in what we conceive, but far more in what we comprehend not; for we behold Him but asquint, upon reflex or shadow; our understanding is dimmer than Moses Eye; we are ignorant of the back-parts or lower side of His Divinity; therefore to prie into the maze of His Counsels is not only folly in man, but presumption even in Angels.”
“Cardinal Bellarmine and Calvin both look asquint this way".”
“As had been agreed upon, I followed my three men humbly and at a slight distance, my eyes discreetly downcast, only taking mental notes asquint as I passed.”
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