Definitions

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  • adj. comparative form of lief: more lief

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Examples

  • Then she asked, “O Aziz, which is liefer to thee life or death?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Life,” answered I; and she said, “If life be liefer to thee, marry me.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Naught could have been liefer to the courtiers of the king.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Then bold Siegfried changed his voice and spake: “I am a knight; do up the door, else will I enrage many a one outside today, who would liefer lie soft and take his ease.”

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Birdalone was still somewhat distraught, but she knew not how to naysay him, though at heart she would liefer have gone back to the castle by the shortest way.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Yet soothly were I liefer that my body and my skin should pay the forfeit.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Amidst all these comings and goings somewhat wore off the terror of Evilshaw; yet never was it accounted other than a daring deed to enter it alone without fellowship; and most had liefer that some man of religion were of their company therein, or they would bear about them something holy or blessed to hold the evil things.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • When it comes to the beggar-on-the-street I would liefer give him food than money, but at that point, at least I know the money will be used by him for what he thinks he most needs.

    | Mind on Fire

  • The young lady loved mainly to take the lead, but would liefer have followed suit just now.

    Springhaven

  • The bride would liefer have dispensed with bridesmaids so much fairer than herself, and although unable to advance that reason, found fifty others against asking them.

    Springhaven

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