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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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DECI'PHER, v.t.



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DECI'PHER, v.t.

DE-CI'PHER, v.t. [Fr. dechiffrer; de and chiffre, a cipher; It. deciferare; Sp. descifrar; Port. decifrar. See Cipher.]

  1. To find the alphabet of a cipher; to explain what is written in ciphers, by finding what letter each character or mark represents; as, to decipher a letter written in ciphers.
  2. To unfold; to unravel what is intricate; to explain what is obscure or difficult to be understood; as, to decipher an ambiguous speech, or an ancient manuscript or inscription. 3. To write out; to mark down in characters. Locke. [This use is now uncommon, and perhaps improper.]
  3. To stamp; to mark; to characterize. [Unusual.] – Shak.

De*ci"pher
  1. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in secret characters.
  2. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold.
  3. To stamp; to detect; to discover.

    [R.]

    You are both deciphered, . . .
    For villains.
    Shak.

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DECI'PHER, verb transitive

1. To find the alphabet of a cipher; to explain what is written in ciphers, by finding what letter each character or mark represents; as, to decipher a letter written in ciphers.

2. To unfold; to unravel what is intricate; to explain what is obscure or difficult to be understood; as, to decipher an ambiguous speech, or an ancient manuscript or inscription.

3. To write out; to mark down in characters.

4. To stamp; to mark; to characterize.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

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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worth

WORTH, a. Termination, signifies a farm or court; as in Wordsworth.

WORTH, v.i. This verb is now used only in the phrases, wo worth the day, wo worth the man, &c., in which the verb is in the imperative mode, and the noun in the dative; wo be to the day.

WORTH, n. [G., L. The primary sense is strength.]

1. Value; that quality of a thing which renders it useful, or which will produce an equivalent good in some other thing. The worth of a days labor may be estimated in money, or in wheat. The worth of labor is settled between the hirer and the hired. The worth of commodities is usually the price they will bring in market; but price is not always worth.

2. Value of mental qualities; excellence; virtue; usefulness; as a man or magistrate of great worth.

As none but she, who in that court did dwell, could know such worth, or worth describe so well.

All worth-consists in doing good, and in the disposition by which it is done.

3. Importance; valuable qualities; applied to things; as, these things have since lost their worth.

WORTH, a.

1. Equal in value to. Silver is scarce worth the labor of digging and refining. In one country, a days labor is worth a dollar; in another, the same labor is not worth fifty cents. It is worth while to consider a subject well before we come to a decision.

If your arguments produce no conviction, they are worth nothing to me.

2. Deserving of; in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a good sense. The castle is worth defending.

To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.

This is life indeed, life worth preserving.

3. Equal in possessions to; having estate to the value of. Most men are estimated by their neighbors to be worth more than they are. A man worth a hundred thousand dollars in the United States, is called rich; but no so in London or Paris.

Worthiest of blood, an expression in law, denoting the preference of sons to daughters in the descent of estates.

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