American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person of equal status or rank; a peer.
- n. A comrade, companion, or associate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is the peer of another; one who has equal rank or standing in any respect; an equal, especially as a companion or associate.
- n. Synonyms See associate, n.
- To equal; match; be equal with.
- See compear.
- n. the equal or peer of someone else; someone who is a close companion or associate of someone else
GNU Webster's 1913
- An equal, as in rank, age, prowess, etc.; a companion; a comrade; a mate.
- v. rare To be equal with; to match.
- v. See compear.
- n. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
- From comrade and peer (Wiktionary)
- Middle English comper, from Old French, from Latin compār, equal; see compare. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“German jurists term the inquisitorial proceeding; it became the duty of the Echevin to denounce the ‘Leumund,’ or manifest evil fame, to the secret tribunal. if the Echevins and the Freygraff were satisfied with the presentment, either from their own knowledge, or from the information of their compeer, the offender was said to be”
“I discovered something about Patrick Keilty the compeer and (supposedly) comedian today.”
“Be a worthy compeer of the divine spirits whom we have learned to love through you.”
“Palamedes28 all his days on earth far outshone those of his own times in wisdom, and when slain unjustly, won from heaven a vengeance such as no other mortal man may boast of. 29 Yet died he not at their hands30 whom some suppose; else how could the one of them have been accounted all but best, and the other a compeer of the good?”
“It has none of the poetic flights of the French genius, but advances steadily, and gains more ground in the end than its sprightlier compeer.”
“He had no satisfaction in any man other than that which he found when some event would show to him that this or that other compeer of his own had proved himself to be self-interested, false, or fraudulent.”
“English writers are constantly cited as the fathers of our verse, the name of their great Scottish compeer is apt to be passed over in silence; but he is evidently worthy of being enrolled in that little constellation of remote but never-failing luminaries, who shine in the highest firmament of literature, and who, like morning stars, sang together at the bright dawning of British poesy.”
“So Oldoway man has an in situ compeer from Kanjera to hold his hand!!”
“If in any thing it be, let it have no compeer; if not, let it not be named.”
“This is, accordingly, the course through which we are now rapidly to follow him, — to the end of his days continuing to display an almost miraculous fertility of authorship, that is only equalled by that of his illustrious compeer, Richard Baxter; and, at the same time, taking no second part in the great ecclesiastical movements of that most eventful age.”
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