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  • adj. Obsolete spelling of dear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • variant of dere, v. t. & n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of dear.
  • n. See deer.


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  • 851: My name deare Saint, is hatefull to my selfe,

    Romeo and Juliet (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • Wherefore sell you this fish so deare, which is not worth a halfepenny?

    The Golden Asse

  • The Harvard Library owns a seventeenth-century English volume bearing the inscription The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my deare friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632.

    The Lampshade

  • In 1664, Dr. Luke Barber, a Maryland physician, who faced a heavy suit for damages, transferred all of his property to two men “in trust to the only use and behoofe” of his “most deare … Wife Elizabeth … and her heyres for ever.”

    A History of American Law

  • Yet thou, false Squire, his fault shalt deare aby,

    Poems and Fragments

  • Alas deare Spinelloccio (quoth she) what shall we do?

    The Decameron

  • Funerall, but only her sighes and teares, that was so deare unto thee in thy life time.

    The Decameron

  • What mine owne deare Mother? that bare me in her wombe nine moneths, day and night, and afterwards fed me with her breasts a thousand times, can

    The Decameron

  • Holy Father, by your zealous prayers (as hath bin miraculously revealed to me) and the prayers of blessed S. Bennet; as also of my honest, deare, and loving Wife, I have bin delivered from the paines of Purgatory, and brought againe to live in this world; for which unspeakable grace and favour, most humbly

    The Decameron

  • Wherefore they went to seeke Titus, and said unto him, they were very well contented that Sophronia should bee his Wife, hee their deare and loving kinsman, and Gisippus to remaine their much respected friend.

    The Decameron


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