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). The place of Homer's nativity is a doubtful point, as may bo
seen from the well-known distich :

** Seven cities contend for Homer dead.
Through which, the living Homer bejsged his bread.**

825. NATF'T-A, a saUor.
1. Nautical, pertaining to navigation.

1. Before the invention of the mariner's compass, in 1802, nauticai
skill was limited to navigable (826) rivers, and the shoies of the ocean.

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826. HAT-IS, a ship.

Circumnavigation, sailing

around. (32.)
Natal, maritime. (113.)

Navigable, passable by ships.

Navigation, relating to vessels.


827. KEC'T-O, I tie or bind. NEX'-UM, to tie or bind.

1. Annexation, the act of con- I 2. Disconnect, to separate,
necting. { Connection, joining. (323.)

1. The annexiUion of Texas was a very unpopular (400) measure
with a large party in the North.

2. In 1836, the people of Texas, disgusted with the despotism of
Mexico, determined to disi^onnect Texas from that country.

828. NE'6-0, 1 deny. NEOA'T-UM, to deny.

Deny, declare not to be true.

1. Negatives, words expressive

of denial.
1. Negation, denial.

Negative, implying denial. (102.)

1. Two negatives in the same sentence are improper, if intended
to express the same negation^

829. NEFA'BI-US, wicked.
1. Nefarious, extremely wicked.

1. The Emperor Nero was guilty of such nefarious acts, that his
name is a synoaym for monster.

Neutralizes, destroys peculiar
properties. (152.)

880. KEU'TEB, neither of the two.

Neutral, not engaged on either

side. (57.)
Neutrality, the state of taking

no part (285.)

881. HI'EIL, nothing.
AifNiHiLATiON, reducing to nothing. (125.)

882. NO'CEO, I hurt; I harm.

3. Obnoxious, offensive.

1. Innocent, free from guilt.

2. Nuisance, that which incom-


Innocence, purity. (57.)

1. In Germany, during the 16th century, more than 100,000 inwh
cent persons suffered death for witchcraft.

2. Scholars should be ashamed of conduct, which makes a school*
house a nuisance.


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8. George III. found it impossible, to mike obnoxiotlslAWB, operO'
twe (349) in the American Colonies*

888. HOBIC-A^amle.

1. Normal, according to estab-
lished principles.

Enorhitt, ezcessiye greatness.

Enormous, huge. (152.)
1. A good Normal School is essential to the existence of good
Common Schools.

884. N08'C.O,Iknow. HOT.nM,toknow. NO'T-A^amark. NQICEH,
a name.

Noble, generous. (136.)
Nobility, patricians. (217.)
Nominate, to name for appoint-
ment. (74.)
Notify, to make known. (24.)
Recognized, remembered as pre-
viously known. (264.)

1. Notorious, remarkable.

2. Reconnoiterino, surveying.

3. Nominal, in name only.
Denomination, religious sect.

Ennoble, to raise to the no-
bility. (120.)
Ignominy, dishonor. (29.)

1. Captain Kidd was a notorious pirate, who is said to have de-
posited immense treasure on the coast of Massachusetts.

2. Sumpter and Marion were invaluable, for reconnoHering and
carrying on partisan (365) warfare.

8. The treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle was but a temporary (619) suspen-
sion of hostilities, and the peace established, proved to be only
nomituUf especially where there was not a full con^lement (391) of
regular troops.

885. KO'V-TFS, new.

1. Innovation, introduction of

something new.

2. Renovated, made new.

3. Novice, one new in a busi-
Novels, fictitious tales. (174.)

1. Walter Scott, having become intolveni (491), commenced writing
a series of historical novels, which were such an ififlOVUHon on the
usual style of novels, that they created a great sensation.

2. A new earth, renovated^ and made free from all, that is so odiouM
(343) and repugnant (418) in this, ts described in the Apocalypse.

8. The Thugs of India, before admitting a novice, demand a solemn
asseveration (480), that he will never divulge their secrets.

886. NOX, (NOCT-IS,) night.
1. Nocturnal, nightly. I Equinoctial, pertaining to the

I equinox. (269.)

1. Nothing 80 completely eradicates (484) the belief in spectres (49T|
and nociwmal visitants (571), as education.

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887. Nir'B-O, I marry. RTTP'T-UM, to marry.
1. Nuptials, marriage ceremonies.

1. When Lord Lyons, who was a bachelor, gaye formal (187) notice
to the President, of the nuptUUs of the Prince (412) of Wales, Lin*
coin merely replied, *< Lord Lyons, go thou and do likewise."

838. NTJ'D-US, naked.

1. Denude, make bare. | Nuditt, nakedness. (14.)

1. When the cold blasts from the north cfenuile the trees, we should
baye sympathy with, those, who are poor and suffering.

880. NTJL'L-US, no one.

1. Nullify, to render of no f 2. Nullitt, that which is yoid
force. I in law.

1. The "Non-Intercourse Act" was designed to ntl^l/j^ the Act,
which imposed a duty on tea, glass, paper, painters' colors, &c.

2. The Charter of Massachusetts was declared a nuUitf/t in 1684,
by Charles IL

840. inJ'H£&-U8, a number.

1. Supernumeraries, persons
beyond the usual number.

Innumerable, too many to be
counted. (320.)

Numerical, pertaining to num-
bers. (57.)

1. Where a large number of laborers are employed, it is common to
haye seyeral supertiunieraries.

841. KUN'CI-O, I announce.

1. Renounced, disowned.

Announce, to give notice. (75.)
Denounce, to stigmatize. (120.)

Denunciation, public menace.

Enunciate, to uttey. (270.)

1. Such was the odium (343) attached to the name of Quaker, that
Admiral Penn renounced his son for professing their principles.

842. OCUL-IFS, the eye.

1. Inoculate, to communicate a 2. Ocular, perceiyed by the eye.
disease by inserting conta-
gious matter in the flesh.

1. In the spring of 1777, Washington determined to inocuUUe hit
army with the small-pox.

2. The sailors were so sceptical, that they were on the point of mu-
tiny, when they had ocular demonstration, that they were approach-
ing land.

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843. O'Dl, 1 hate.
Odious, causing hatred. (335.) | Olium, dislike. (341.)

344. O'L-EO, I emit odor.
1. Olfactory, pertaining to the i Redolent, diffusing a sweet

sense of smelling. | scent (followed by o/). (199.)

1. The olfactory nerres, or nerves of smelling, are very sensitlTe
m birds of prey.

345. OH'N-IS, every; all.

Omniscient, having infinite

knowledge. (176.)

Omnipotent, having all power.

Omnipresent, everywhere pres-
ent (176.)

346. O'N-US, (ON'EB-IS,) a burden.

1. Exonerate, to exculpate. | 2. Onerous, burdensome.

1. In 1636, Harvey was sent to England, charged with serious
offences ; but he found it easy to exmierate himself, and soon re-

2. Pitt, with all his onerous duties, found time to carefully moe«-
tigate (567) the cause of the reverses in America, and to plan a vigor^
0U9 (672) prosecution (476) of the war.

347. OPrN-OB, I think; I imagine.
Opinion, judgment. (143.)

348. OFT-0, 1 wish. OPTA'T-UM, to wish.

1. Option, choice. | Adopted, chose. (200.)

1. Unless James II. could have induced Louis XIV. of France to
co-operate (849) with him in a civil war, he had no option , but was
compelled to abdicate.

349. OF^EB-A, work; labor.

1. Inoperative, not producing Co-operate, to act together. (348.)

effects. Operation, action. (134.)

2. Operate, produce effects. Operative, effective. (332.)

1. The extraordinary (351) powers granted to the President, by the
Alien and Sedition (471) Acts, had rendered them inoperative*

2. With the ordinary (861) covering, the telegraphic wire will not
operate under water.

350. OB'B-IS, a circle; a circular body.
I. Exorbitant, extravagant. | 2. Orbit, path of a planet

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1. For such a tract of land as the Louisiana Territory, $15,000,000
was not an exorbitant price.

2. Astronomy teaches us, that the orbit of the earth is oval (866),
and that the earth is nearer the sun in winter, than in summer.

351. OB'D-0, (OB'DIN-IS,) order.

1. Ordinances, laws. Extraordinary, . beyond the

2. Insubordination, disobedi- usual course. (349.J

ence to lawful authority. Order, command. (102.)

3. Subordinate, inferior. Ordinary, in the usual manner.

4. Inordinate, excessive. (349.)

1. The various ordinances, imposing restrictiona (506) on the com-
merce of the colonies, at first produced remonstrance, and eventuaUy
(559) rebellion.

2. Braddock thought it showed insubordination, to express any
doubt as to the expediency of his plans.

3. Aaron Burr held a subordinate position in the army, in the
early part of the war.

4. Ostentation (520) and inordinate love of dress, have induced
many persons to steal.

852. O'BI-OB, I rise; I spring from. OB'DI-OB, I begin.

1. Originality, the quality of
being original.

1. £xoRDiuM, formal preface.

2. Originally, at first.

Oriental, eastern. (46.)
Originated, brought into exist-
ence. (142.)

1. If an orator has eloquence and originality ^ whether his dis-
course commences with an exordium, and ends with a peroration
(854), or not, it is heard with interest.

2. The tradition, that the Indians of North America, originally
came across the *'big water,'' is an argument for the urdty (551) of
the human race.

868. OB'N.O, I embellish. OBNA'T-UM, to embellish.
1. Ornate, highly ornamented. | Ornament, embellishment (69.)

1. Many of the cathedrals in England are built in an ornate and
expensive (374) style.

854. O'B-0, 1 pray; I ask. OBA'T-TTM, to pray; to ask.

1. Oratory, eloquence.

2. Oracle, a place where the
, heathen deities "were con-

2. Orisons, prayers.

Adoration, worship. (46.)

Inexorable, not to be moved by

entreaty. (29.)
Oration, a formal speech. (46.)
Orator, a public speaker. (10.)
Peroration, the final summing

up of a speech. (352.)

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1. The orations of Caesar are still extant (485), and are regarded at
models, to be studied by all, who would excel in oratory •

2. Washington sought no Delphic orade, but, amid the snows of
Valley Forge, offered his earnest orisons, for the sanction (458) of «
just God upon his undertaking.

855. O'TI-nX/ease.

Negotiate, to establish by agreement. (25.)

856. OT-imC, an ^fsi^.
Oyal, egg-shaped. (350.)

857. PA'G-TFS, a Tillage.
1. Paganism, heathenism.

1. Eyen mpnganisnif man has a ewMchwMBs {iQ%) of guilt, and
a desire to expiate (384) his sin.

858. PAN'D^, I lay open. PAK'S-UM, to lay open.

1. Expansion, the act of expand- Expand, enlarge, (31.)

ing ; enlarging. Expanse, wide extent. (57.)

2. ExPANsiYE, having power to ^


1. Montgolfier, the first aeronaut, made many attempts to effect the
eocpansion of the first balloon.

2. The expansive force of heat is shown, in the lifting of the
kettle-lid by the steam.

859. PACT-US, stipulated; agreed.

1. Compact, firmly united. | 2. Compact, bargain.

1. Jackson defended New Orleans by ramparts of cotton, which
were so compact^ as to be impenetrable (377) to cannon-balls.

2. Many attempts have been made to disparage (361) the character
of Osceola for veracity (566) ; but he always declared, that the compact
to remoye was made without his knowledge. *

860. PAL'LI.TTM, a cloak.

Pall, a covering for the dead.

Palliate, extenuate. (41.)

861. PAB, equal; like.

1. Peerage, the rank of a peer.

2. Disparagement, detraction.
Disparage, to vilify. (359.)
DisPARiTT, inequality. (292.)

Palliative, that which tends to

mitigate. (303.)
Palliation, mitigation. (5.)

Compare, examine thinp;8 with
reference to their bkenesa.

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1. As there is no title more exalted, than that (f « American Citi-
ten," it is im] ossible to raise an American to the peerage*

2. Do not speak in disparatgement of a person, unless it is ab-
solutely necessary.

862. PA'S-EO, I am present. PAB'IT-TJM, to be present.

Apparent, evident. (40.)
Appeared, was visible. (142.)

1. Apparitions, ghosts.

2. Transparent, capable of be-

ing seen through.

1. Apparitions are not often vitible (571) in well-lighted houses,
inhabited by educated people.

2. Our comfort is greatly increased by the use of a iubstanee (485),
which is transparent, and yet impervious to the air.

sea. PA'B.10, 1 bring forth. PAB'T-UM, to bring forth.

Parent, a father, or mother. I Parental, relating to parents.
(122.) I (122.) *

864. PA'B-O, I prepare. PABA'T-UX* to prepare.

1. Reparation, restitution.

1. Prepared, made ready.

2. Apparel, clothinff.
2. Impaired, injured.

1. As France refused to make reparation, for the depredation
(408) on our commerce, the United States prepared for war.

2. Some of Stephen Girard's apparel, and household utensils (552),
somewhat ifnpaired by age, are deposited in Girard College, Phila-

365. PAB8, (PABT-IS,) a part

Apparatus, implements for a

particular business. (302.)
Unprepared, not ready. (292.)

1. Partition, division.
Apartment, a room. (177.|
Department, a separate class
of topics. (241.)

Impartial, not favoring either

side. (41.)
Particle, a little portion. (13.)
Partisan, irregular warfare on

outposts. (334.)

1. To induce the men, on board of a privateer (413), to exert (477)
themselves, there is usually a. partition of the prize (409).

866, PAS'C-O, I feed. PAS'T-TJM, to feed.

1. Pastoral, rural. I 2. Pastor, a minister having

2. Pasture, grazing. | the care of a congregation.

1. David, '*the sweet singer of Israel," Burns, and many others,
whom we love to extol (583), spent their youth in j^astoral ocoupa*

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2. In 1688, Pastor Davenport, with Eaton and others, feeling too
much circumscribed (467) by the narrow limits of the Plymouth Colony,
settled on the fertile pastwre lands of Connecticut.

367. PA'T-EB, (PA'IB-IS,) la &ther.

1. Patrimony, inheritance.

1. Paternal, pertaining to a


2. Patron, one who affords as-

sistance and support.
2. Patronage, special support.

3. Patrician, one of the nobility

in Kome.
Compatriot, one of the same
• country. (38.)
Expatriate, to banish from

one's country. (41.)

1. The peUrimony of General Van Rensselaer, derived from his
paternal ancestor, comprised a territory forty-eight miles long, and
twenty-one broad.

2. Benjamin Franklin was the patron of many poor youth, whose
aspirations (499) would never have been satisfied, had it not been for
his patronage.

3. At one time, a patrician of Rome, would assert that a plebeian
(890) had no rights, that any one was bound to respect (497).

868. PA'TI-OB, I soffor; I endure. PAS'S-US, to aaffer ; to eadnre.

Impatient, uneasy. (203.)
Passionate, excited. (185.)
Patience, endurance. (28.)

1. Passiye, unresisting.
Compassion, pity. (34.J
Compassionate, pity. (209.Y
Dispassionate, calm. (103.)

1. How perverted (665) must have been the judgment of George III.,
to suppose (899) that the colonists would be passive, under his op-
pressive enactments, and to fail to perceive the result, which must m-
evitably (678) follow such injustice.

869. PAX, (PA'C-IS,) peace.

Pacific, peace-making. (48.) l Pacify, to quiet. (192.)
Pacification, appeasing. (200.) | Peace, quiet, (14.)

870. PAUTEB, poor.

Pauperism, indigence. (320.) | Poor, the indigent. (320.)

871. PEC'T-US, (PECTORIS,) the breast
1. Parapet, breast-work.

1. Every spectator h^ld his breath in suspense (874) as Sergeant
Jasper jumped over the parapet, amid a volley (581) of shot, and
replaced the flag on Fort Moultrie.

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872. PECU'LI-TJK, money. FECU'RI-A, money. PECULA'T-US, to steal
public money.

Pecuniary, relating to money.

1. Peculiar, special.

Peculate, to steal public
property. (152;)

1. It requires no peculiar talent to compile (382) a compendium
(874) of history; all that is necessary is, perseverance and a pen

878. PEL'L-O, I drive. PUL'S-TJK, to drive.

1. Compulsory, forcible. Expulsion, driving out. (57.)

2. Impulse, force imparted. Impulsive, acting from impul-
2. Impel, force forward. sion. (96.)

Compelled, forced. (207.) Repulsive, forbidding. (47.)

1. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall ** have^ romim^-
80ry process for obtaining witnesses.''

2. The imptUse given to a stone, in a sling, will impel it to a
great distance.

874. PEN'D-EO, I hang. FEN'D-0, 1 weigh; I pay out. PEN'S-TJM,
to weigh; to pay out.

1. Pendulum (of a clock), a viJ Compendium, an abridgment

brating body.

2. Pension, stated allowance.

3. Propensity, inclination.

4. Compendious, comprehensive.
4. Appendix, something added

at the end.
Compensate, to give an equiv-
alent. (192.)


Dispensing, distributing. (209.)
Expensive, costing much. (353.)
Impending, hanging over. (243.)
Indispensable, requisite. (117.)
Suspend, to hang. (123.)
Suspense, uncertainty. (371.)
Suspension, interruption. (57.)
Kecompense, reward. (66.)

1. The length of a yard-stick is determined by the pendtUutn of
a clock..

2. Congress gave Molly Pitcher a pension, for the special (497)
service rendered by her at Monmouth.

8. Cattle have such a propensity for salt (456), that they will go
a great distance to obtain it.

4. Id some books, difficult or important points are placed in a comr
pendious form, in an appendix.

875. FE'N-E, almost.
1. Peninsulas, bodies of land almost surrounded by water.
1. It is a singular fact) that nearly all pewiwmias point 60ttUi«

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876. PEVIT-EO, I repent
Penal, enactinff panishment.

Penalty, sunenne m conse-
quence of an act. (63.)
Penitence, repentance. (247.)

SvBFOBNA, a writ commanding
one to appear in court. (191?)

Repent, to feel sorrow for what
one has done. (129.)

Penitentiart, a prison. (153.)

877. FEH'ETB-0, 1 pieree. PEHETRAT-VX, to pieree.

1. Penetration, acuteness. I Impenetrable, not pierceable.

Penetrate, to pierce. (144.) | (359.)

1. Had Charles I. possessed imj jtenetration, he would hare ex-
pedited (880) the departure of such troublesome malcontents as Crom-
well and Hampden.

878. FENlf-A, a feather; a wing.

Pen, an instrument to write with. (372.)

Person, human being. (4.)
Personally, in person. (98.)

879. FEBSO^-A, a person.

1. Personify, to ascribe life to

inanimate objects.

2. Personated, represented.

1. In most European languages, every noun is either masculine or
feminine gender ; but in the English, things without life are all neuter ;
and this enables us to personify them— that is, speak of them as

2. Alfred the Great personated a harper, and thus obtained access
to the Danish camp.

880. FES, (FE'B-IS,) a foot

1. Peddler, a travelling trader.

1. Pedestrian, a traveller on
Expediency, fitness of meas-
ures to secure a desirable
end. (141.)

1. k peddler t especially if he is
tunity to explore (893) a country.

BiPED.a two-footed an imal. ( 147. )
Expedition, ah important en-
terprise at some distance. (25.)
Expedited, hastened. (377.)
Impediment, hindrance. (75.)
QoADRUPED, a four-footed ani-
mal. (147.)

9k pedestrian f has a fine ofpor-

881. FET-O, I seek.

1. Appetite, desire for food.

2. Repetition, the doing sgaln.
8. ObMFETivoN^ rivalijfk "

FETXT-ITX, to seek.

4. Impetuovs, headstrong.
Competent, capable. (306.)
PiTUiiANT^ )p«Gvisht (47k)

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1. The cold clko&te of Greenland gives the Esquimaux an wj^pe*
titCy which enables him to eat train oil and walrus flesh with voracitp

2. Constant r^etition, and close attention, united, form the best
art of memorizing.

8. The Nayigation Acts destroyed all competition in business, by
compelling the colonists to buy and sell in England.

4. The ifnpetuousch&T&cteT of Lee brought him into many serious

882. PI'L-O, I piUage; I rob.

1. Pillage, robbing. ■ Compile, to select and put to-

I gether. (372.)

1. Many of the Arabs perform no labor, but live entirely by pU'

888. PIK'G-O, I paint. PIC'T-TTM, to paint.

1. Picturesque, fitted to form a J Depict, describe. (228.)
pleasing picture. '

1. The scenery of New Hampshire is so picturesquet that the
State is called the " Switzerland of America."

884. PI'-O, I appease by sacrifice. PIAI-TJM, to appease by sacrifice.

1. Expiatory, having power to I Expiate, to atone for. (357.)
atone. '

1. The sense of guilt is so implanted (387) in the human heart, that,
in all ages, and in all nations, men have offered expiatory sacrifices.

88ff. PI'-US, pious; religious.

1. Impiously, profanely.

1. The Romans, knowing the antipathy of the Jews to swine, imr
piously sacrificed them on the altar, consecrated (463) to the worship
of God.

886. PLA'CEO, I please.

1. Complacence, satisfaction.
Implacable, not to be ap-
peased. (129.) ,

1. William Penn could not but feel com^laceiMe at tlio prosper*
ons condition of his bolony.

Placid, tranquil. (46.)
Pleasure, satisfaction. (141.)

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887. PLAHT-A, a plant

1. Supplant, to displace by tak-
ing the place of the ejected
Implanted, deeply fixed.(384.)
Plant, a vegetable. (14.)

Plantain, an herb. (286.)
Plantation, a farm. (161.)
Transplanting, removing ani

S slanting in another place.

1. Conway sent a letter to Washington, explanatory (388) of his con-
duct, in reference to the attempt to supplant Washington.

888. PLA'IT-US, plain; smooth; evident

Explanatory, containing expla- i Explains,
nation. (387.) '

889. FLAU'D-O, I clap ; I applaud.

1. Plausible, right in appear-

Applaud, join in applause.

Applause, expression of ap-.
probation. (135.)

makes intelligible.

PLAU'S-UM, to clap; to applaud.

Exploded, burst with a
report. (227.)

violent bursting.


Explosive, liable to cause ex-
plosion. (60.)

1. Duch^, who opened the first Continental Congress, with a solemn
invocation (680), soon after addressed a letter to Washington, using
the most plavMble arguments, to induce him to desert (477) the
American cause.

390. FLEB8, (PLE'B-IS,) the common people.
Plebeian, one of the common people. (367.)

891. PLE'-O, I fill. PLE'T-TTM, to fill. PLE'K-XTS, ftill. '

1. Expletive, something added

to fill up.

2. Implements, tools.

3. Plenipotentiary, full.

4. Plentiful, abundant.

5. Complete, perfect.
5. Supplement, an addition to

supply defects.

1. The adverb "there," is frequently used simply to introduce a
sentence, and is then considered a mere expletive^

2. There has been great improvement in the mechianism of all kinda
of implements*

8. In 1796, Mr. Jay, our Minister I^lenipotenMary to England,
concluded the treaty which bei»rs his name.

4. Artesian wells, which provide hplentifui supply of water, have
1)een sunk in the deserts of Aftrioa.

Accomplished, performed. (48.)
Complement, full number. (334.)
Completely, perfectly. (314.)
Replete, filled. (76.)
Supply, to furnish. (133.)
Supplying, providing, (10.)

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5. Sc many inventions are patented every year, that no Dictionary
of Arts and Sciences is complete without a sup;^ dement*

392. PLI'CO, I fold. PLIGAT-UM, to fold. FLEG'T-O, I twine ox
weave. PLEX'-UM, to twine or weave.

1. Complicated, intricate.

1. Accomplice, a person joined

in a plot.

2. Explicit, clear.
Application, the act of ap-
plying. (102.)

Apply, to fix closely. (167.)
Applying, laying on. (308.)
Complexion, the hue of the skii]^

Implicate, to involve. (105.)
Pliant, easily bent. (21.)

1. It was scarcely possible, that Burr would undertake such a comr
plicated affair, as the formation of an empire, without an acconi'

2. The Constitution makes an explicit statement, that *< all debts
contracted before the adoption of the Constitution, shall be valid
against the United States."

893. PLO'B.0, 1 ory ; I bewail. PLOSA'T-UM, to cry ; to bewaU.

!• Im^plored, besought. I Deplore, regret. (48.)

Deplorable, lamentable. (58.) | Explore, to examine. (380.)

1. When the Northmen invaded England, the wretched inhabitants
implored the Remans to aid them, in expelling their assailants (456).

394. PLUH'B-UH,lead.

Plummet, a leaden weight at the end of a line. (300.)

395. PLUS, (PLU'B-IS,) more.

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