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Demetrius (20)

Of Troezen (probably 1st cent. ad), wrote works on literary history. The only known title is that of his work on philosophers, Against the Sophists. Athenaeus 1. 29a;Diogenes ...

Style

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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
9,178 words

...rhetoric .] The theory of the qualities or virtues of style ( virtutes elocutionis ) and their negative counterparts, the vices of style ( vitia ), is an important part of elocutio , which was developed by disciples of Aristotle ( 384–322 bce ) such as Theophrastus and Demetrius and taken over by Cicero ( 106–43 bce ) and Quintilian. The first virtue mentioned is purity or correctness of language ( latinitas ), which is to a large extent a question of grammar. It concerns the correct choice of words, as well as correctness in word formation and...

spindleshanks

spindleshanks n.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
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Language reference
Length:
601 words

...shankes. 1596 ‘ Misdiaboles ’ Ulysses upon Ajax 42: I could write in praise of spindleshanks, because Germanicus had such. c. 1600 Timon in Dyce ( 1842 ) II i: I had many sutors, / But foolishlie I did reject them all; / First, Traneo because his beard was red […] Demetrius / Cause he was spindle shankt. 1602 J. Cooke How A Man May Choose A Good Wife From A Bad Act II: When didst thou see the starueling School-maister? That Rat, that Shrimp, that Spindle-shank. 1673 T. Shadwell Epsom Wells V i: A Company of Spindle-shank Pocky Fellows....

burner

burner n. 1   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
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Length:
526 words

...you see me comin' / Wid my new shine on, / 'Cause I got my col'-iron burner / Under my ol' left arm. a. 1935 ‘Can't You Line It’ in Hurston Mules and Men ( 1970 ) 322: [lyrics] Cap'n got a burner I'd like to have, / A 32:20 with a shiny barrel. 1993 Lerner et al. Dict. of Today's Words . 2000 P. Beatty Tuff 6: Demetrius simply handed Winston the inner-city union card, a small black .22 Raven automatic pistol, which Winston coolly but immediately handed back. ‘What, your ass don't need a burner?’ 2002 ‘ Touré ’ Portable Promised Land (ms.)...

love

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
100 words

...use in the 16c. the phrase to make love (often followed by to ) meant simply ‘to pay amorous attention (to)’. At some point in the mid-20c. it came to have only the restricted and very precise meaning ‘to have sexual intercourse (with)’, and the older meaning was forced out. When reading 16-19c. literature one must simply bear in mind that making love means no more than ‘paying amorous attention’: e.g. Demetrius … Made loue to Nedars daughter— Shakespeare, 1590 ; ‘ who’s had the — impudence to make love to my sister! cried Harry— G. Meredith, 1861...

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