Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Eccles., the office or position of one of the order of widows; the order itself.

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  • Their general method is to accumulate hard words, without considering, that, although he was fond of introducing them occasionally, there is not a single sentence in all his writings where they are crowded together, as in the first verse of the following imaginary Ode by him to Mrs. Thrale, which appeared in the newspapers: — ‘Cervisial coctor’s viduate dame,

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Their general method is to accumulate hard words, without considering, that, although he was fond of introducing them occasionally, there is not a single sentence in all his writings where they are crowded together, as in the first verse of the following imaginary Ode by him to Mrs. Thrale [1178], which appeared in the newspapers: ” 'Cervisial coctor's viduate dame,

    Life Of Johnson

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  • OED: Viduate means 1. destitute of something; 2. widowed.

    November 5, 2012