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A. Intrans. : To bend, to bow, to stoop.

Scott : Thomas the Rhymer, i.

* B. Trans. : To treat as a lout ; to make a
fool of.

" I am touted by a traitor villain.
And cannot help the noble chevalier."

Shakesp. : l Henry VS., iv. 3.

lout ish. * lovrt'-isn, a. [Eng. lout; -ish.}
Like a lout ; clownish, awkward, rude.

"This loutish clown is such that you never saw so
ill-favoured a visar."— Sidney : Arcadia, bk. i.

lout'-Ish-ly, adv. [Eng. loutish; -ly.] In a
loutish, awkward, or clownish manner ; like
a lout.

lout ish ness, s. [Eng. loutish; -ness.] The
quality or state of being loutish ; clownish-
ness, awkwardness, rudeness.

louvre, * lod'-ver, * lov-er, s. [O. Fr.

louvert, for Vouvert = the open (space), from
le (art.) = the, and ouvert, pa. par. of ouvrir =
. to open.]

Architecture :

1. A turret on a roof for the escape of smoke
or steam ; a lantern.

2. Sloping boards overlapping each other,
with a space between for ventilation ; also
called hitter-boarding, louvre or luffer window
or work.

" They were soon after found dead in the dove-cote,
famished for want of food, and unable to fly up per-
pendicularly, anil
so out at the lover. "
— Fuller : Wor ■
thies ; Northamp-

louvre -
boards, luf-


boards, s. pi.

Arch.: Sloping
boards or bars
placed across a
window to ex-
clude rain, while
admitting the
passage of
sound ; louvres.

lou vr e -

window, s.

Arch. ; A win-
dow in a church tower or belfry, partially


closed by louvre-boards (q.v.).

loV-a-ble, a. [Eng. lov(e); -able.] Worthy
or deserving of being loved ; amiable.

"And whiche been liool and sooth and chast A right-
wys, and lovable to yhe."— Wycliffe : Laoditensis, p. 100-

loV-age, love'-age, *love-acb, *liv-

iabTs. [By corr'up. from O. Fr. levesJu (Fr.
liveche), liuvesche, luvesclie, from Lat. levisti-
cum, altered from ligusticum (q.v.) = a plant
indigenous to Liguria, a country of Cisalpine
Gaul ; Ligusti'cus = pertaining to Liguria ;
Port, levistico; Ital. levistico, libistico.]

I. Ord. Lang. .- An aromatic drink prepared
from the plant.

IL Botany:

1. The genus Ligusticum (q.v.). Scottish
lovage is Ligusticum scoticum.

2. Achillea ligustica.

love, *lov-i-en, *luv-i-en, *lov-en

v.t. & i. [A.S. hijigan, lufian, from hifu =
love (q.v.); O. H. Ger. liuban, liupan; Ger.
lichen; Dnt. lieven.]
A. 1'ransitive:

1. To regard with strong feelings of affec-
tion, combined with gratitude ; to feel devo-
tion towards.

" Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy inind.'"
— Matthew xiLU. 37.

2. To regard with feelings of tender affec-
tion, as one sex towards the other ; to be in
love with.

" Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the
church." — Ephetians v. 25.

3. To regard with the affection of a friend.

4. To be pleased with ; to like ; to delight in.

" His rider loved not speed." Shakesp. : Sonnet 8.

* 5. To treat well ; to be kind to ; to be
favourable to.

" Kynewolf, of the kynred of Adelaides hlode,
A while lufed the luglis, & wele with thani stode."
Hobcrt dc Drunne, p. a.

E. Intransitive :

1. To entertain feelings of affection towards
others ; to be affectionate and kind.

" He that loveth not knoweth not God."— I John iv. 8.

2. To be tenderly affected towards another
of the opposite sex ; to be in love.

" She cannot choose but love."

Shakesp. : Venus & Adonis, 79.

3. To be tenderly attached to each other;
to love each other.

" Never two ladies loved as they do,"

Shakesp. .' As You Like It, L U

4. To be pleased ; to feel pleasure.

" He loved also to walk tlicso meadows." — Bunyan:
Pilgrim's Progress, pt. li.

love, s. [A.S. lufu ; cogn. with Ger. lube ; O. H.
Ger. liupa, linpi; Russ. Uobov — love ;-Sausc
lobha = covetousness. Allied to lie/ (q.v.).'}
L Ordinary Language :

1. A strong feeling of affection, combined
with gratitude and reverence.

" For this is the love of God, that we keep his com-
mauduieuts."— 1 John v. 3.

2. Devoted attachment to a person of the
opposite sex.

" Yes — It was love— if thoughts of tenderness.
Tried in temptation, strengthened by distress.
Unmoved by absence, firm in every clime.
Ami yet— oh, more than all I— uutired by time ;
Which nor defeated hope, nor baffled wile.
Could render sullen, were she near to smile ;
Nor rage could fire, nor sickness fret to vent
On her one murmur of his discontent :
Which still would meet with joy, with calmness part,
Lest that his look of grief should reach her heart ;
Which nought removed, nor menaced to remove —
If there be love in mortals — this was love J"

Byron : Corsair, L 12.

3. Strong attachment, liking, or inclination ;
fondness of or fur anything.

4. Courtship ; in the phrase to make love =
to court, to woo.

Made love to Nedar's daughter Helena,
And won her soul."

Shakesp. : Midsummer Night's Dream, i. I_

5. Tenderness ; parental care.

"No religion that ever was, so fully represents the
goodness of God and his tender love to mankind."—

* 6. A person in love ; a lover.

"Like true, inseparable, faithful loves*

Shakesp. : King John, Hi. 4.

7. That which is loved ; the object of one's
affections ; a sweetheart.

" One way or other, she is for a king ;
And she shall be my love, or else my queen."

Shakesp. : 2 Henry 17., iii. 2.

8. Used as a term of endearment.

" Farewell 1 I will omit no opportunity
That may convey my greetings, love, to thee."

Shakesp. : Romeo & Juliet, UL 5.

b6il, bo^-; p6Tit, jtffrl; cat, gell, chorus, chin, bench; go, gem; thin, this; sin, as; expect, Xenophon, exist. -ing.
-cian. -tian = shan. -tion. -sion=shun: -tion. -sion = zhun. -tious. -sious, -cious = shiis. -ble, -die, &c. = bel, do-



+ 9. A kindness ; a favour done.

"What good love may I perform to you ?"
, Shakesp. : King John, iv. 1,

10. A state of favour, friendship, goodwill,

or close intimacy.
" "God brought Daniel into favour and tender love
with the prince."— Daniel i. 9,

11. A representation or personification of
love ; used —

(1) Of Cupid, the god of love.

(2) Of Venus, the goddess of love.

" She's Love, she loves, and yet she is not loved/
Shakesp, : Venus & Adonis, 610.

(3) A Cupid ; a picture or statue represent-
ing Love.

t Dryden : Cinyras & Myrrha.

■ * 12. Lewdness.
* 13. A kind of thin silk stuff.

"This leaf held near the eye, and obverted to the

light, appeared so full of pores, with such a trans-
parency as that of a. sieve, a piece of cypress, or love
hood."— Boyle: On Colours.

II, Technically :
1. Bot. : Clematis vitalba.
2., Games ;

(1) A term used to express that no points
have been scored on one side.

* (2) A kind of game in which one player
holds up one or more fingers, and the other,
without looking, guesses at the number.

T[ Love subsists between members of the
same family ; it springs out of their natural
relationship, and is kept alive by their close
intercourse and constant interchange of kind-
nesses : friendship excludes the idea of 'any
tender and natural relationship ; nor is it,
like love, to be found in children, but is con-
fined to maturer years ; it is formed by time,
by circumstances, by congruityofcharacter,
and sympathy of sentiment. Love always
operates with ardour ; friendship is remark-
able for firmness and constancy. Both love
and friendship are gratified by seeking the
good of the object ; but love is more selfish in
its nature than friendship. As love is a pas-
sion it has all the errors attendant upon pas-
sion ; but friendship, which is an affection
tempered by reason, is exempt from every
such exceptionable quality. Love is blind to
the faults of the object of its devotion ; it
adores, it idolizes, it is fond, it is foolish ■.
friendship sees faults, and strives to correct
them ; it aims to render the object more
worthy of esteem and regard. (Crabb: Eng.

H (1) A labour of love: Any work or task
done willingly and without expectation of
reward, either from fondness for the work
itself or from love for the person for whoni it
is done.

(2) To make love to : To court, to woo.

" Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head.
Made love to Nedar's daughter Helena."

Shakesp. : Midsummer Night's Dream, i. 1.

(3) To play for love : To play a game without
any stake depending. '

* (4) Of all loves : A kind of adj uration ; by
all means. ■

"He desires you, of all loves, to make no more
noise."— Shakesp. : Othello, iii. 1.

*J[ Love forms the first element in many
compounds, the meanings of which are gene-
rally obvious : as, love-darting, love-devouring,
love-killing, love-kindling, love-language, love-
linked, love-poem, love-sigh, love-song, love-tale,
love-thought, love-wounded, &c.

love-apple, s.

Bot. : A popular English name for the
tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum).

* love-bed, ». A bed for the indulgence

of lust.

" He is not lolling on a lewd love-bed."

Shakesp. ; Richard III., iii. 7.

love-birds, s. pi.

Ornith: The genus Agapornis (separated
from Psittacula by Jardine and Selby), family
Psittacidae, sub-family Androglossinse. Habi-
tat, the Melanesian and Australian provinces.
Their popular name has reference to the
affection the male displays towards the
female, whether caged or wild. The furcula
is wanting, and its place supplied by a liga-

* love-book, s. A book treating of love.

"On a love-book pray for my Buccess."

Sluikcsp. : Two Gentlemen of Verona, i. 1.

* love-born, a. Born of or springing from

" Let mutual joys bur mutual trust combine,
And love, and love-bom confidence, be thine." . .
Pope : Homer.; Odyssey x. 39B. '

* love-broker, s. One who acts as -an
agent or go-between for lovers ; a procurer.

" There is no love-broker in the world can more pre-
vail ih. man's commendation with woman than report
of valour. "—Shaiesp. : Twelfth Night, H. 2.

love-charm, s. A charm by which love
was supposed to be excited. [Philtre.]

love-child, s. A euphemism common in
the rural parts of England for a child bom
out of wedlock.

*■ love-day, s.

1. A day appointed for the settlement of
quarrels and differences.

" Come, if the emperor's court can feast two brides,
You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends :
This day shall be a love-day, Tamora."

Shakesp. : Titus Andronlcus, i. 2.
, 2., A day when one neighbour helps another
without hire. (Wharton^) ,'

love-ditty, s. A song of love.

' " The stock-dove unalann'd
Sits cooing in the pine-tree, nor suspends
His long love-ditty for my near approach."

Cowper ; Task, vi. SOB. ■

* love - drink, * love - drinke, s. A

love-charm, a philtre (q..v.).

"She yave him swiche a maner love-drinke.
That he was ded er it was by the morow.'

Cltaucer: C. T„ 6,338.

* love-favour, s. Something worn in
token- of love; a favour.

love-feasts, 5. pi.

i. [Agape.]

2. Religious meetings held quarterly by the
"Wesleyan and other sects owing their origin
directly or indirectly to the labours of Wesley.
None but members of the Church' are ad-
mitted, except by the permission of the minis-
ter. > Love-feasts are retained in' avowed
imitation of the ancient Agapse.

* lOve-feat, a. A deed or feat prompted
by love.

" Every one his love-feat will advance."

Shakesp. : Love's Labour's Lost, v. 2.

love-flower, «.

Bot. : The genus Agapanthus.

love-game, s. A game in which one side
scores no points.. [Love, s., B.]

" Tompkins then secured a love-game ; but Mr.
Slack won the next, and ' games all ' was again called,
and vantage, which Tompkins won, and the other two
games falling to him, he consequently won the match
by three sets to iove.'—Field, Oct. 27, 18&J.

love-gift, s. Anything given as a pledge
or token of love.

" Was not the mere sound of his name like a love-
gift that bade me remember?"— Lytton :. Rienzi, bk. i,

ch, iv.,

love-god, s. The god of love ; Cupid,

" The little love-god lying once asleep,
Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand."

Shakesp. : Sonnet 154.

love-grass, s.

Bot. . Megastachya eragrostis. It grows in

love-in-a-mist, love-in-a puzzle, s.

Bot. : Nigella damascena.
H West Indian Love-in-a- Mist.
Bot. ; Passiflora fcetida.
love-in-idleness, s.

Bot. : Viola tricolor.
" Vet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell :
It fell upon a little western flower —
Before, milk-white : now, purple with love's wound—
And maidens call it, love-in-idleness."

, Shakesp. : Midsummer Night's Dream, i\. 2.

* love-juice, s. A juice producing or
supposed to produce love.

" Hast thou yet latch'd the Athenian's eyes
With the love-juice, as I did bid thee do ? "

Shakesp. : Midsionmer Night's Dream, iii. 2.

* love-knot, * love-knotte, s. A knot
or complicated figure, supposed or intended
to represent affection or mutual attachment.

'< love-lass,

A sweetheart.

love-letter, $. A letter written by one
lover to another : a letter professing love.

"Have I escaped love-letters in the holyday time of
my beauty, and am I now a subject for themf"—
Shakesp. : Two Gentlemen of Verona, iii. 1.

love-lies-a-bleeding, *.

Bot. ; Amaranthus caudatus.

* love-line, s. A verse or letter of. court-
ship ', a love-letter. -

" To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand,
And write to her a love-line.''

Shakesp. : A ll's Well That Ends Well, ii. J. .

* love lock, s. A curl or lock of hair worn
by men in the reigns of Elizabeth and James
I. ; a lock or curl hanging prominently.

"It was a sin to hang" garlands on a Maypole, to
drink a friend's health, to fly a hawk, to bunt a stag,
to play at chess, to wesr love-locks, to put starch into a
ruff, to touch the virginals, to read the Fairy Queen."
—Macaulay : Hist. Eng., ch. i.

t love-lorn, u.. Forsaken by one's love ;

jilted, deserted.

" Some love-lorn Fay she might have been."

, Scott : Marmion, vi. 3

t love-lornness, s. The state of being

" That fair Gostanza, who in her love-lornness desired
to live no longer."— G. Eliot: Romola, ch. lxi.

love-making, s. Courtship, wooing; the
paying of one's addresses to a lady.

"The laughter with which his love-making was re-
ceived."— Athenceum, Oct 15,1861, p. 490.

love-match, s. A match or marriage
entered into for love alone.

* love-news, a. A communication from
one beloved.

love-passage, s. A flirtation.

"The stories represented were generally mythologi-
cal, very usually love-passages of the pods and heroes.-"
— Tylor : Early Hist. Mankind, ch. iii.

* love-prate, s. Idle talk about love.

"You have simply misused our sex in your love-
prate."— Shakesp. : As Vou Like It, iv. 1.

" love-rhyme, s. Erotic poetry in

" Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arms."

Shakesp. : Love's Labour's Lost, iii. L

* love-rite, ». The actions of marital


" Then instant his fair spouse Ulysses led
To the chaste love-rites of the nuptial bed."

Pope : Homer ; Odyssey xxiii. 318.

love-scene, s. A scene or passage in a

novel or play, the subject of which is a meet-
ing of lovers.

"The love-scenes are frigid, law dry, aucl disgusting."
— Goldsmith: On Polite Learning, ch. xh.

* love-secret, s. A secret between lovers.

t love-shaft, s. A shaft of love ; specif.,
Cupid's arrow.

" Some early love-shaft grazed his heart,
And oft the scar will ache and smart."

Scott : Rokeby, iii. 29.

love-sick, a.

1, Languishing in love or amorous desire.

" There might the love-sick maiden sit, and chide
The- insuperable rocks and severing tide."

Wordsworth ; .Descriptive Sketches.

2. Composed by one languishing in love ;
expressive of languishing love : as, a love-sick

love-sickness, s. Sickness or languish-
ing arising from love or amorous desire.

love-spell, s. The same as Love-charm

t love-spring, s. The beginnings of love.

" Shall even in the spring of love thy love-springs rot.'
.Shakesp. : Comedy of Errors, iii, 2.

* love-suit, s. Courtship ; paying of ad-
dresses to a lady.

" That Cloteu, whose love-suit had been to me

As fearful as a siege."

Shajiesp. : Cymbeline, iii.,4.

love-token, a. A present given in token
of lovei -
"Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes,
And interchanged love-tokens with my child."

Shakesp. : Midsummer Night's Dream, i, X.

* love-toy, s. A small present from a

"Has this amorous gentleman presented himself
with any love-toys, such as gold snutt-boxes 1 " — Arbuth-
not & Pope ; Martin Scriblerus.

love-tree, s.

Bot. : Cercis siliquastrum.

4 love-trick, s. The art of expressing

love-verse, s. A love-song.

"Little chansons or love-verses." — Deames : Cotnp
Gram. Aryan Lang, of India (1872), L 222.

* love-worth, a. Worthy or deserving
of being loved.

loved, pa. par. or a. [Love, v.] Beloved, dear,

"Let me but stay to die with thee
And I will bless thy loved name."

Moore : Fire- Worshippers.

fate, fat, fare, amidst, what, fall, father ; we, wet, here, camel, her, there ; pine, pit, sire, sir, marine ; go, pot
or, wore, wolf, work, who, son ; mute, cud, cure, unite, cur, rule, full ; try, Syrian- ee, oe - e ; ey = a. qu = kw.

lovee— low


loved -one,

A beloved or dear one.

" Their parents' hope, and the loved-ones of hen, veil."
Longfellow : Children of tlie Lord's Supper.

*l6v-ee', s. [Eng. lvv{&); -ee.] The person

"The lover and lovee make generally the .happiest
couple."— Richardson : Sir C. Grandison, vi. 47.

*l6ve'-full, a. [Eng. love; -full] Full of luve.

" The lovefull choice s
Of sacred wedlock's secret binding baud."

Sylvester : The Colonics, 505.

t love'-less, «. [Eng. love; -less,]

1. Destitute or void of love, tenderness, af-
fection, or kindness.

" For the loving worm within its clod
Were diviner than a loveless god " <

R. Browning ; Christmas Eve, v.

2. Not attracting love.

3. Not loved ; unloved.

' *'$o goth the wretche loveless
Beiaped for his acarsitee."

Qower: C. A., bk. v.

ldve'-ll-ly, adv. [Eng. lovely; -ly.]

1. In a lovely manner ; in a manner to ex-
cite love ; amiably.

2. In a manner to excite adinii'ation.

" So lovelily the morning shone. "

Duron; Bride of Abydos, 1. 3.

love'-Ii-ness, s. [Eng. lovely; -ness.]

1. The quality or state of being lovely, or
exciting love ; amiableness.

" Carrying thus inone person the only two bands of

good-will, loveliness and loviugness." — Sidney.

2. Beauty, attractiveness.

" Yet takes he much delight

Her loveliness to. view."

Drayton: Poly-Olbion, a. 29.

* love ling, s. [Eng. love ; diniiu. suff. -ling.]
A little loved one.

" These frolic toveling.t fragile nests do make."

Sylvester : The Magnificence, 692.

love'-ly, *■ love-lich, * love-liche, * luve-

lich, 'i. &adv. [Eng. love ; -ly.]

A. As adjective :

1. Attracting or exciting love or affection ;
lovable, attractive, amiable.

" Nothing lovelier can be found
In woman, than to study household good,
And good works in her husband to promote."

Milton : r. L., ix. 232.

2. Exciting or calling for admiration ; beau-

"Their deformity, he said, was such that the most
sterile plains seemed lovely by comparison." — Mac-
auUiy : Ilist. Eng,, ch, xili.

* 3. Loving, tender, affectionate.

" I should bid guod-morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss."

Shakesp. : Taming of the Shrew, iii. 2.

B. As adv. : So as to excite love, affection,
or admiration.

" I framed to the harp
Many an English ditty lovely well."

Sltakcsp. : 1 Hewy IV., iii. 1.

love-man, s. [Eng. love, and man.]
Bot. : Galium Aparine.

* love'-mon-ger, s. [Eng. love, and monger.]
One who deals in affairs of love ; a love-broker.

"Thou art an old lovemonger, and speakest skilfully."
nhaketp. : Love's Labour's Lost, ii.

lOV'-er (1), s. [Eng. lov(e); -er.]

1. One who loves, or has a strong affection
or attachment for another.

"Hiram was ever a lover of David." — 1 Kings v. 1.

2. One who is in love with one of the oppo-
site sex. (Used in tlie singular only of the
man, but in the plural applied to both sexes.)

" Into a studie he fell sodenly.
As don these lovers in hire queiute geres."

Cuaucer: C. T., 1,536.

3. One who has a liking for anything ; one
who takes pleasure or delight in anything.

"The Revolution showed them [the Tories] to have
beeu . . . lovers of liberty, but greater lovers of mon-
archy."— II ttrne: Essays, pt. i., ess. 9.

lov-er (2), loov-er f s. [Lqtjvre.]

* lov'-ered, a. [Eng. lover, a. ; -ed.] Having
a lover; beloved.

" Who, young and si in pie, would not be so lover' d I "
Shakesp. : Loser's Complaint, 320.

* loV-er-y, s. [Louvre.] A louvre ; a bell-

" Whose shrill saints' bell hangs on his lovery."

lip. Hall : Satires, bk. v., sat. 1.

* love some, luf som, luf-sum,* love-
som, a. [A.S. In/sum, from lufu = love.]
Lovely, lovable.

" Thi leor is lufsum."

Legend of St. Katherine, 316.

lov'-ing, pr. par., a., &$. [Love, v.]

A. As pr. par. : (See the verb).

B. As adjective :

1. Devotedly attached ; entertaining strong
feelings of affection ; affectionate, devoted.

" His loving breast thy pillow."

Sltakesp. : Titus Andronicus. v. 3.

2. Expressive of love, affection, or kindness :
as, a loving word.

-C. As s-ubst. : The act or state of entertain-
ing strong feelings of affection ; devotion, love,

"For she taught all tlie craft of trewe loving."

Chaucer: Legend of Good Women. (Prol.)

loving-cup, s. A large cup, usually
with two or three handles, containing wine
or other liquor, passed round from guest to
guest at ceremonial banquets.

loving - kindness, s. Tender regard ;
tenderness, kindness, mercy.

lov'-ing-ly, * lov-inge-lye, adv. [Eng.
loving ; -ly.] With, love, affection, or, tender-
ness ; kindly.
" 'Twere vain to guess what shook the pious man,
Who lqok'd not lovingly on that Divan."

Syron .-.Corsair, ii. 4.

* loV-ihg-ness, s. [Eng. loving ; -ness.] The
quality or state of being loving ; affection.

" Justice of kings and lovingness of fathers."

Lord Brooke ; Mustapha.

low, * lah, * louh, * loogh, * lo'we, a. &

adv. [Icel. lagr = low ; Sw. lug; t Dan. lov ;
Dut. laag. From the same base as to lie (2).J

A. As adjective :

L Ordinary Language :

1. Not high, not elevated ; depressed below
a given or imaginary surface or level. It is
the opposite to high, and both .are relative
terms. That which is high ■with reference to
one thing may be low to another : as, a low

2. Below or not reaching to the ordinary or
usual lLeight : as, a man of low stature.

3. Deep ; descending far below the level of
the adjacent ground.

"He also descended first into the lower parts of the
earth." — Ephesiaws iv. 9.

4. Near the horizon.

"The sun,, however, was low in the west before
Dundee gave the order to prepare for action." — Mac-
aulay : Hist. Eng., ch. xiii.

5. At or near the furthest point to which
the sea recedes by the fall of the tide : as,
low tide, low water.

6. Not of high price ; moderate ; below the
usual degree, price, rate, or value : as, a low
price of corn, a low heat.

7. Small in number ; indicating a small
number : as, a low throw with dice, a low

8. Near or approximating to the line or
equator : as, a low latitude (latitudes near the
equator being expressed in low numbers).

9. Not loud, not noisy, quiet, suppressed.
■" A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound."

, Shakesp. : Love's Labour's Lost, iv. 3.

10. Of a deep or depressed sound.

" From my lowest note to the top of my compass "—
Shakesp. .- Hamlet', iii. 2.

11. Dejected, depressed, cast down in spirit ;
having lost animation and spirit ; low-spirited.

"He grows dispirited and low.
He nates the fight and shuns the foe."


12. Physically weak : as, He is hi a very
low condition.

13. Depressed in condition ; in a. state of
humiliation and subjection.

" Missry is trodden on by many
And being low never relieved by any."

Shakesp. : Venus «£ Adonis, 70B.

14. Humble, reverent.

'" With a low submissive reverence."

S.takesp. : Timing of the Shrew. (Induct.)

15. In a humble or mean rank or position.

" Too low a minister for so high a servant "

Shakesp. : Two Gentlemen of Verona, ii. a.

16. Humble, mean.

"An unambitious mind, content
In the low vale of life." Cowper : Task, iv. 799.

17. Meau.-base, abject, dishonourable un-
principled : as, a low fellow.

18. Frequented by disreputable characters.

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