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- v. To study, or make critical comments on, language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To study, or make critical comments on, language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discuss questions relating to philology.
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"If I thought" is pretty similar in meaning to "I doubt"--they're not quite inverses, but they do express a very similar state of being in disbelief or suspicion. "you ever might countenance" becomes "you'll give… a fair hearing" philologize the hell out of it if you want, I don't think a reasonable person would find these fragments too dissimilar.