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- v. Present participle of prate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Chattering; talking idly; loquacious.
- n. Idle or boastful talk.
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I enquired the cause, when, with his natural candour, he informed me that he could not help being more impressed by what he termed the prating of the gossips who had just left us, than, perhaps, he ought to be; and then showed me a little vellum case which he found at the Lodge, and which, he was then assured, was dropped by the young lady of whom they had been talking.
"Come, uncle," said Nellie, "I thought you were going to leave the 'prating' and the 'eloquent nonsense' to we Northerners, while you would stick to the scripture argument.
Nellie Norton: Or, Southern Slavery and the Bible. A Scriptural Refutation of the Principal Arguments upon which the Abolitionists Rely. A Vindication of Southern Slavery from the Old and New Testaments.
Remember the words of Captain Fluellen: "If the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also be an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb?"
They loathe to be told by prating, sanctimonious Lib Dems that it is only their presence that prevents this from being a thoroughly beastly government.
Can't the Democratic Party find someone to run against this prating fascist?
Seriously, the prating professor is one of the great unsung stereotypes of the literary world.
You may wonder that I got in such a taking over one pompous windbag spouting claptrap; usually I just sit and sneer when the know-alls start prating on behalf of the poor oppressed heathen, sticking a barb in 'em as opportunity serves-why, I've absolutely heard 'em lauding the sepoy mutineers as honest patriots, and I haven't even bothered to break wind by way of dissent.
They will be in, or round the house, while you stand prating!
Aye, methinks that Robert Burns would have recognised our Prime Minister and that he might not have been overly impressed by another prating minister who holds himself sae pious and sae holy and whose "integrity" is assumed, ex officio.
And so a dependency culture that is a glaring affront to presbyterian* values continues even after 12 years of this pious, prating ministry.