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In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
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[.] 'AFTER-CLAP, n. An unexpected, subsequent event; something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.


[.] CLAP, v.t. [.] 1. To strike with a quick motion, so as to make a noise by the collision; to strike with something broad, or having a flat surface; as, to clap the hands; to clap the wings. [.] 2. To thrust or drive together; to shut hastily; followed by to; as, ...


[.] CLAP-BOARD, n. A thin narrow board for covering houses. In England, according to Bailey, a clapboard is also what in America is called a stave for casks.


[.] CLAP-DISH, n. A wooden bowl or dish.


[.] CLAP-DOCTOR, n. One who is skilled in healing the clap.


[.] CLAP-NET, n. A net for taking larks, united with a looking glass.


[.] CLAPPED, pp. Thrust or put on or together; applauded by striking the hands together; infected with the venereal disease.


[.] CLAPPER, n. [.] 1. A person who claps, or applauds by clapping. [.] 2. That which strikes, as the tongue of a bell, or the piece of wood that strikes a mill-hopper.


[.] CLAPPER-CLAW, v.t. [slap and claw.] To scold; to abuse with the tongue; to revile.


[.] CLAPPING, ppr. Driving or putting on, in, over, or under, by a sudden motion; striking the hands together.


[.] SHOULDER-CLAPPER, n. [shoulder and clap.] One that claps another on the shoulder, or that uses great familiarity. [Not in use.]


[.] THUN'DER-CLAP, n. [thunder and clap.] A burst of thunder; sudden report of an explosion of electricity. [.] [.] When suddenly the thunder-clap was heard.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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HER, pronounced hur, an adjective, or pronominal adjective of the third person. [L. suus.]

1. Belonging to a female; as her face; her head.

2. It is used before neuter nouns in personification.

Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Prov.3.

Her is also used as a pronoun or substitute for a female in the objective case, after a verb or preposition.

She gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat. Gen.3.

Hers is primarily the objective or genitive case, denoting something that belongs to a female. But it stands as a substitute in the nominative or objective case.

And what his fortune wanted, hers could mend.

Here hers stands for her fortune, but it must be considered as the nominative to could mend. I will take back my own book and give you hers. Here hers is the object after give.

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