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[.] BEV'ILE, n. [See Bevel.] In heraldry, a thing broken or opening, like a carpenter's bevel.


[.] DEMI-DEVIL, n. Half a devil.


[.] DEVIL, n. Devl. [L., to calumniate.] [.] 1. In the Christian theology, an evil spirit or being; a fallen angel, expelled from heaven for rebellion against God; the chief of the apostate angels; the implacable enemy and tempter of the human race. In the New Testament, ...


[.] DEVILING, n. A young devil. [Not in use.]


[.] DEVILISH, a. [.] 1. Partaking of the qualities of the devil; diabolical; very evil and mischievous; malicious; as a devilish scheme; devilish wickedness. [.] 2. Having communication with the devil; pertaining to the devil. [.] 3. Excessive; enormous; in a vulgar ...


[.] DEVILISHLY, adv. [.] 1. In a manner suiting the devil; diabolically; wickedly. [.] 2. Greatly; excessively; in a vulgar sense.


[.] DEVILISHNESS, n. The qualities of the devil.


[.] DEVILISM, n. The state of devils. [Not used.]


[.] DEVILIZE, v.t. To place among devils. [Not used.]


[.] DEVILKIN, n. A little devil.


[.] DEVILSHIP, n. The character of a devil.


[.] E'VIL, a. e'vl. [Heb. to be unjust or injurious, to defraud.] [.] 1. Having bad qualities of a natural kind; mischievous; having qualities which tend to injury, or to produce mischief. [.] [.] Some evil beast hath devoured him. Gen.37. [.] 2. Having bad qualities ...


[.] EVIL-AFFECT'ED, a. Not well disposed; unkind; now ill-affected.


[.] EVIL-FA'VORED, a. [evil and favor.] Having a bad countenance or external appearance; ill-favored.


[.] EVIL-FA'VOREDNESS, n. Deformity.


[.] EVIL-MINDED, a. [evil and mind.] Having evil dispositions or intentions; disposed to mischief or sin; malicious; malignant; wicked. Slanderous reports are propagated by evil-minded persons. [This word is in common use.]


[.] EVILDO'ER, n. [evil and doer, from do.] One who does evil; one who commits sin, crime, or any moral wrong. [.] [.] They speak evil against you as evildoers. l Pet.2.


[.] E'VILEYED, a. [evil and eye.] Looking with an evil eye, or with envy, jealousy or bad design.


[.] E'VILLY, adv. Not well. [Little used.]


[.] E'VILNESS, n. Badness; viciousness; malignity; as evilness of heart; the evilness of sin.


[.] EVILSPE'AKING, n. [evil and speak.] Slander; defamation; calumny; censoriousness. 1 Pet.2.


[.] EVILWISH'ING, a. [evil and wish.] Wishing harm to; as an evilwishing mind.


[.] EVILWORK'ER, n. [evil and work.] One who does wickedness. Phil.3.


[.] FOX'EVIL, n. A kind of disease in which the fair falls off.


[.] KING'S-EVIL, n. A disease of the scrofulous kind.


[.] POLL-EVIL, n. [poll and evil.] A swelling or impostem on a horse's head, or on the nape of the neck between the ears.


[.] REVI'LE, v.t. [re and vile.] [.] To reproach; to treat with opprobrious and contemptuous language. [.] She revileth him to his face. [.] Thou shalt not revile the gods. Ex. 22. [.] Blessed are ye when men shall revile you. Matt. 5. [.] REVI'LE, n. Reproach; ...


[.] REVI'LED, pp. Reproached; treated with opprobrious or contemptuous language.


[.] REVI'LEMENT, n. Reproach; contemptuous language.


[.] REVI'LER, n. One who reviles another; one who treats another with contemptuous language.


[.] REVI'LING, ppr. Reproaching; treating with language of contempt. [.] REVI'LING, n. The act of reviling or treating with reproachful words. Is. 51.


[.] REVI'LINGLY, adv. With reproachful or contemptuous language; with opprobrium.


[.] SE'A-DEVIL, n. [sea and devil.] The fishing frog or toad-fish, of the genus Lophius; a fish of a deformed shape, resembling a tadpole, growing to a large size, with a head larger than the whole body.


[.] STAG-EVIL, n. A disease in horses.


[.] WEEVIL, n. [G.] A small insect that does great damage to wheat or other corn, by eating into the grains and devouring the farinaceous part. This insect is of the beetle kind, somewhat large than a louse.

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FORCE, n. [L. fortis. All words denoting force, power, strength, are from verbs which express straining, or driving, rushing, and this word has the elements of L. vireo.]

1. Strength; active power; vigor; might; energy that may be exerted; that physical property in a body which may produce action or motion in another body, or may counteract such motion. By the force of the muscles we raise a weight, or resist an assault.

2. Momentum; the quantity of power produced by motion or the action of one body on another; as the force of a cannon ball.

3. That which causes an operation or moral effect; strength; energy; as the force of the mind, will or understanding.

4. Violence; power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power. Let conquerors consider that force alone can keep what force as obtained.

5. Strength; moral power to convince the mind. There is great force in an argument.

6. Virtue; efficacy. No presumption or hypothesis can be of force enough to overthrow constant experience.

7. Validity; power to bind or hold. If the conditions of a covenant are not fulfilled, the contract is of no force. A testament is of force after the testator is dead. Heb. 9:17.

8. Strength or power for war; armament; troops; an army or navy; as a military or naval force: sometimes in the plural; as military forces.

9. Destiny; necessity; compulsion; any extraneous power to which men are subject; as the force of fate or of divine decrees.

10. Internal power; as the force of habit.

11. In law, any unlawful violence to person or property. This is simple, when no other crime attends it, as the entering into another's possession, without committing any other unlawful act. It is compound, when some other violence or unlawful act is committed. The law also implies force, as when a person enters a house or inclosure lawfully, but afterwards does an unlawful act. In this case, the law supposes the first entrance to be for that purpose, and therefore by force.

Physical force, is the force of material bodies.

Moral force, is the power of acting on the reason in judging and determining.

Mechanical force, is the power that belongs to bodies at rest or in motion. The pressure or tension of bodies at rest is called a mechanical force, and so is the power of a body in motion. There is also the force of gravity or attraction, centrifugal and centripetal forces, expansive force, &c.

FORCE, v.t.

1. To compel; to constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible. Men are forced to submit to conquerors. Masters force their slaves to labor.

2. To overpower by strength.

I should have forced thee soon with other arms.

3. To impel; to press; to drive; to draw or push by main strength; a sense of very extensive use; as, to force along a wagon or a ship; to force away a man's arms; water forces its way through a narrow channel; a man may be forced out of his possessions.

4. To enforce; to urge; to press.

Forcing my strength, and gathering to the shore.

5. To compel by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind; to force one to acknowledge the truth of a proposition.

6. To storm; to assault and take by violence; as, to force a town or fort.

7. To ravish; to violate by force, as a female.

8. To overstrain; to distort; as a forced conceit.

9. To cause to produce ripe fruit prematurely, as a tree; or to cause to ripen prematurely, as fruit.

10. To man; to strengthen by soldiers; to garrison. Obs.

To force from, to wrest from; to extort.

To force out, to drive out; to compel to issue out or to leave; also, to extort.

To force wine, is to fine it by a short process, or in a short time.

To force plants, is to urge the growth of plants by artificial heat.

To force meat, is to stuff it.

FORCE, v.i.

1. To lay stress on. Obs.

2. To strive. Obs.

3. To use violence.

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