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There is much plausibility in Pattison's comparison of the men of the Commonwealth disputing about matters of this sort on the eve of the Restoration, to the Greeks of Constantinople contending about the Azymite controversy while the Turks were breaching their walls.
Azymite controversy while the Turks were breaching their walls.
The Greeks of Constantinople denouncing the Azymite, when Mohammed II. was forming his lines round the doomed city, were not more infatuated than these pedantic commonwealth men with their parliamentarianism when Charles II. was at Calais.
(bussos ` bottom ') to Azymite (` leaven'), a member of a sect that makes use of unleavened bread in the Eucharist, the Greek alpha privative has played an essential, if statistically modest, part in the expansion of the vocabulary of English.