American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Prosperity; happiness: in weal and woe.
- n. The welfare of the community; the general good: the public weal.
- n. A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wealth; riches; hence, prosperity; success; happiness; well-being; the state of being well or prosperous: as, come weal or woe.
- n. The state: properly in the phrases common weal, public weal, general weal, meaning primarily ‘the common or public welfare,’ but used (the first now as a compound word) to designate the state (in which weal used alone is an abbreviation of commonweal).
- To promote the weal or welfare of.
- Same as wale.
- n. Same as wed.
- To be in woe or want.
- n. a raised, longitudinal wound, usually purple, on the surface of flesh caused by stroke of rod or whip; a welt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The mark of a stripe. See wale.
- v. To mark with stripes. See wale.
- n. A sound, healthy, or prosperous state of a person or thing; prosperity; happiness; welfare.
- n. obsolete The body politic; the state; common wealth.
- v. obsolete To promote the weal of; to cause to be prosperous.
- n. a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
- See wale (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wele, from Old English wela; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.Alteration (influenced by wheal) of wale. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“III. iv.76 (474,6) Ere human statute purg'd the gentle weal] The _gentle weal_, is, the _peaceable community_, the state made quiet and safe by”
“Answered the husbandman, “O my lord, weal is well nigh. 62 Dismount thee here: the town is near hand and I will go and fetch thee dinner and fodder for thy stallion.””
“It is the high ambition of most women to become wives; and they count not the cost as to whether it will end in weal or woe; but they venture themselves, and their future "for better or worse.”
“In every free State where conjunctures like the present are not foreseen, you must be sensible that the public weal is endangered by every storm.”
“The resurrection of the dead, that is, of dead bodies; and their re-union with their souls, to be eternal companions together in weal or woe, according as their state was towards God when they died, and the course of life they led in this world.”
“If the generous youth find not a companion to console him, weal is forever cut off from him and ill is eternally established with him; and there is nothing for the sage but to solace himself in every event with brethren and be constant in patience and endurance: indeed these two are praiseworthy qualities, and both uphold one under calamities and vicissitudes of the world and ward off startling sorrows and harrowing cares, come what will.”
“When the ships were laden with water and victual, weapons and troops, Sayf al-Muluk’s father and mother farewelled him and King Asim said, Depart, O my son, and travel in weal and health and safety.”
“Such an arrangement is required by the public weal, which is never committed with greater safety to the custody of any one than to his whose private advantage is entirely unconnected, with the issue.”
“But namely that through the favour of God he hath chanced into that public weal, which is most happy and wealthy, and hath chosen that religion, which he hopeth to be most true.”
“The ambition of the citizens increases with the power of the state; the strength of parties, with the importance of the ends they have in view; but that devotion to the common weal, which is the surest check on destructive passions, is not stronger in a large than in a small republic.”
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