American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. With the exclusion of; other than; but: everyone except me.
- conj. If it were not for the fact that; only. Often used with that: I would buy the suit, except that it costs too much.
- conj. Otherwise than: They didn't open their mouths except to complain.
- conj. Unless: "And ne'er throughout the year to church thou go'st/Except it be to pray against thy foes” ( Shakespeare).
- v. To leave out; exclude: An admission fee is charged, but children are excepted.
- v. To object: Counsel excepted to the court's ruling.
- idiom. except for Were it not for: I would join you except for my cold.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take or leave out of consideration; exclude from a statement or category, as one or more of a number, or some particular or detail; omit or withhold: as, to except a few from a general condemnation.
- To object; take exception: now usually followed by to, but formerly sometimes by against: as, to except to a witness or to his testimony.
- Being excepted or left out; with the exception of; excepting: usually equivalent to but, but more emphatic.
- Excepting; if it be not that; unless.
- v. transitive To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
- v. intransitive To take exception, to object (to or against).
- prep. With the exception of; but.
- conj. With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.
- conj. archaic Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit.
- v. obsolete To object to; to protest against.
- v. To take exception; to object; -- usually followed by
to, sometimes by against.
- prep. With exclusion of; leaving or left out; excepting.
- conj. Unless; if it be not so that.
- v. take exception to
- v. prevent from being included or considered or accepted
- From Latin exceptus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere, to exclude : ex-, ex- + capere, to take. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“True it is, that one can scarcely call _that_ education which teaches woman everything except herself, -- _except_ the things that relate to her own peculiar womanly destiny, and, on plea of the holiness of ignorance, sends her without one word of just counsel into the temptations of life.”
“Interestingly, in most states, the law except in Florida requires you to walk away from a fight if you can, *except* in your own home, where you can shoot someone and it’s considered self-defense.”
“What we were too dumb to realize was that the guys in Def Leppard hated the term “heavy metal,” and any member of the band would have given his right arm to avoid the label except for Rick Alien, I suppose.”
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“They were told to start and no one said a word except Victor, who continued to complain as they counted out their punishment.”
“Who here would know her name except someone who knew Nate, too?”
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“No champion had ever lost his title except in the ring.”
“New York likes to do this, especially downstate, since north and west of Albany, one is more likely to have circuit judges in the old sense of the term except they don't rely on horses anymore.”
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