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  • adj. Obsolete form of intrinsic.


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  • The representative character, was common to the Congress of the provinces, of the states under the confederation of 1777, and of the states under the constitution of 1787; but neither this character, nor the intrinsick meaning of the word, were supposed to convey any powers until very lately.

    Archive 2008-05-18

  • As no word more explicitly comprises the idea of a sovereign independent community; as it is used in conjunction with a declared sovereignty and independence; as it is retained by the union of 1787, and in all the operations of our governments; and as sovereign powers only could be reserved by states; there seems to be no sound argument by which it can be deprived of its intrinsick meaning, contrary to these positive constructions.

    Archive 2008-05-18

  • The Penalties inflicted by human law, having their foundation in the intrinsick ill-desert of crime, are in their nature vindictive as well as corrective….

    A History of American Law

  • How shall we determine the proportion of intrinsick merit?

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Mr. Dempster having endeavoured to maintain that intrinsick merit OUGHT to make the only distinction amongst mankind.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Sanction to, be afterwards antiquated and exploded, that they may have liberty to receive whatever new ones they shall find occasion for: Because then the old Books will yet be always valuable, according to their intrinsick Worth, and not thrown aside on account of unintelligible Words and Phrases, which appear harsh and uncouth, only because they are out of Fashion.

    A Proposal for Correcting, Improving, and Ascertaining the English Tongue

  • Pope was succeeded by Theobald, a man of narrow comprehension and small acquisitions, with no native and intrinsick splendour of genius, with little of the artificial light of learning, but zealous for minute accuracy, and not negligent in pursuing it.

    Preface to Shakespeare

  • Advantages; and above all, the benevolent Temper, charitable and hospitable Disposition of its Inhabitants; it is true, we may find many of more popular Bustle and Eclat, more extensive Commerce, greater Opulence and Pomp; but none of more general, solid, and intrinsick Worth, than

    An Essay on the Antient and Modern State of Ireland

  • It is as Envious as Unjust, to underrate another’s Actions where their intrinsick Worth recommends them to disengaged Minds.

    Part II. Of Envy

  • If like Theophilus and Timothy, we have been brought up in the Knowledge of the best Things, ’t is our Advantage: But neither they nor we lose by trying their Truth; for so we learn their, as well as its intrinsick Worth.

    Part II. Of the Rule of Judging


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