Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abstract term; an abstraction; a word used by schoolmen only.
“Short for Asenath, -- it was always her school-name.”
“If thou bringest old histories up again, thou wilt receive thy old school-name, 'the Smoke-squirter.”
“For even those hard-hearted evil men who think virtue a school-name, and know no other good but indulgere genio, 25 and therefore despise the austere admonitions of the philosopher, and feel not the inward reason they stand upon, yet will be content to be delighted, which is all the good-fellow poet seemeth to promise; and so steal to see the form of goodnesswhich seen, they cannot but loveere themselves be aware, as if they took a medicine of cherries.”
“Had he taken the field alone, that hut would have been raided, for Foxy knew the manners of his quarry; but Providence moved Mr. Prout, whose school-name, derived from the size of his feet, was Hoofer, to investigate on his own account; and it was the cautious Stalky who found the track of his pugs on the very floor of their lair one peaceful afternoon when Stalky would fain have forgotten Prout and his works in”
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