from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to dedication.
  • n. A dedication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Constituting or serving as a dedication; complimental.
  • n. Dedication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a dedication; serving as a dedication.
  • n. A dedication.


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  • {136} Although no specific reference is made outside the twenty 'dedicatory' sonnets to the youth as a literary patron, and the clues to his identity are elsewhere vaguer, there is good ground for the conclusion that the sonnets of disinterested love or friendship also have Southampton for their subject.

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • Many besides the 'dedicatory' sonnets are addressed to a handsome youth of wealth and rank, for whom the poet avows 'love,' in the Elizabethan sense of friendship.

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • Three of the twenty 'dedicatory' sonnets merely translate into the language of poetry the expressions of devotion which had already done duty in the dedicatory epistle in prose that prefaces 'Lucrece.'

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • Throughout Europe 'dedicatory' sonnets or poems to women betray identical characteristics to those that were addressed to men.

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • Two additional dedications to pianists were "This Nearly Was Mine," inspired by the late Walter Bishop Jr., and an Ellingtonian collage of "Prelude to a Kiss" mixed in with an original dedicatory waltz, "To Duke With Love."

    Swinging Down in the Basement and Out in the Garden

  • Ben Jonson mentions Shakespeare's scholastic failings "and though thou hadst small Latin and less Greek" in his dedicatory poem to his great peer's 1623 folio.

    Jonathan Hobratsch: Shakespeare Is Shakespeare

  • The dedicatory inscription in Greek, which survives to this day, is one of the few pieces of contemporary evidence we possess naming the Macedonian king:

    Alexander the Great

  • Ms. Holt, who lives in Oslo and is a former Norwegian minister of justice, describes her own book, in a dedicatory note, as being "a little bit serious and a lot of fun."


  • The historical interdependence of linguistic and visual figures, articulated in Horace's Art of Poetry, thrives in Alberti's definition of istoria in De pictura and in Castiglione's self-deprecating description of the Book of the Courtier as a "picture" by a "humble painter" (from the dedicatory letter to Lord Dom Miguel de Silva, bishop of Viseu).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • In this feature, you can actually “read” a passage of glyphs carved into an ancient Maya stela, or dedicatory stone monument.

    Cracking the Maya Code: Interactive Decoder | Disinformation


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