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abbreviation

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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790 words

An extremely common feature in medieval manuscripts, and to a lesser, but still significant, extent in early modern writing, an

abecedarium

abecedarium   Reference library

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Derived from ‘ABC’, the term ‘abecedarium’ (plural: abecedaria), sometimes italicized as abecedarium or rendered as ‘abecedary’, means a tablet or

Abernethy, John

Abernethy, John (1764–1831)   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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(1764–1831),

as president of the Royal College of Surgeons, one of the most influential men in the medical

abolitionism

abolitionism   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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a slippery term covering both the movement for the abolition of the slave trade, achieved by an Act of Parliament

abridgement

abridgement   Reference library

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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140 words

An abridgement is a shortened or condensed version of a text. Abridgements were made in manuscript and later in printed

abstract

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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Literature, History
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88 words

An abstract is a brief summary, epitome, or precis of a work, text, or document. Abstracts are often found, for

accent

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Accents in writing are marks (technically diacritical marks) qualifying certain letters to indicate particular meanings, sound values, or stresses on

accounts

accounts   Reference library

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Accounts are financial documents detailing expenditure and income, often drawn up systematically in columns, with appropriate calculations. An account book

achievement

achievement   Reference library

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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In heraldry, an achievement is a pictorial representation of a family's complete insignia or armorial devices, including their coat of

Ackermann, Rudolph

Ackermann, Rudolph (1764–1834)   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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(1764–1834),

publisher and bookseller. Born in Saxony, Ackermann moved to London in the 1780s, where, after a

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