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  • n. Archaic spelling of mirror: smooth, reflective surface.
  • n. Archaic spelling of mirror: object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another.
  • v. Archaic spelling of mirror. (resemble, be identical to).


From the Middle English mirour, from Old French mireor. (Wiktionary)


  • Newford, noticing nothing, except his own figure as he past a mirrour, was shuffling loud about the floor, which was not much embellished by the scraping of his boots; and Sir Sedley Clarendel, lounging upon a chair in the middle of the shop, sat eating bon bons.


  • – She paused – looked now at the pleading group, now at her expensive dress; asked how, for her own hopes, she could risk so much, yet for their deliverance from ruin so little; and with a blush turning from the mirrour, and to the children with a tear, finally consented that the landlord should apply to her the next morning.


  • Gentle Sir, if courtesie in one man to another, do deserve condemning, then may we justly complaine of you, who meeting us upon the way, which you have shortened by your kindnesse, and which we are no way able to deserve, wee are constrained to accept, taking you to bee the mirrour of courtesie.

    The Decameron

  • Which, among other things, may serve as a comment on that saying of AEschines, that "drunkenness shows the mind of a man, as a mirrour reflects his person"

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Which, among other things, may serve as a comment on that saying of AEschines, that “drunkenness shows the mind of a man, as a mirrour reflects his person”

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • This therefore is the praise of Shakespeare, that his drama is the mirrour of life; that he who has mazed his imagination, in following the phantoms which other writers raise up before him, may here be cured of his delirious extasies, by reading human sentiments in human language; by scenes from which a hermit may estimate the transactions of the world, and a confessor predict the progress of the passions.

    Preface to Shakespeare

  • [Sidenote: Manne.] but also thei be a example, and mirrour to all menne, in that thei iustlie followe the instincte of Nature: and moche more, where as men indued with reason, and all singulare vertues and excellent qualitées of the minde and body.

    A booke called the Foundacion of Rhetorike because all other partes of Rhetorike are grounded thereupon, euery parte sette forthe in an Oracion vpon questions, verie profitable to bee knowen and redde

  • Hath the Lady, Gentlewoman, or other of the feminine kinde a desire to beholde a mirrour of chastitie, let theim reade ouer the nouelles of the lady Panthea, of the Duchesse of Sauoy, of the Countesse of Salesburie, of Amadour and Florinda?

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • And beeing come to the fift mount, they finde it speculable, lyke a mirrour wherein they see theyr representations, and in that they take great delyght, and with a feruent desire they passe on their laboursome course.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Lord Bacon came to the same conclusion when he wrote "Let men please themselves as they will in admiring and almost adoring the human kind, this is certain; that, as an uneven mirrour distorts the rays of objects according to its own figure and section, so the mind ... cannot be trusted."

    Historia Calamitatum: The Story of My Misfortunes


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