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EV'ER, adv. At any time; at any period or point of time, past or future. Have you ever seen the city of Paris, or shall you ever see it?

No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph.5.

1. At all times; always; continually.

He shall ever love, and always be

The subject of my scorn and cruelty.

He will ever by mindful of his covenant. Ps.111.

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim.3.

2. Forever, eternally; to perpetuity; during everlasting continuance.

This is my name forever. Ex.3.

In a more lax sense, this word signifies continually, for an indefinite period.

His master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him forever. Ex.21.

These words are sometimes repeated, for the sake of emphasis; forever and ever, or forever and forever.

3. Ever and anon, at one time and another; now and then.

4. In any degree. No man is ever the richer or happier for injustice.

Let no man fear that creature ever the less, because he sees the apostle safe from his poison.

In modern usage, this word is used for never, but very improperly.

And all the question, wrangle e'er so long,

Is only this, if God has placed him wrong.

This ought to be, ne'er so long, as the phrase is always used in the Anglo-Saxon, and in our version of the scriptures, that is, so long as never, so long as never before, to any length of time indefinitely. As me never so much dowry. Charmers, charming never so wisely. These are the genuine English phrases. Let them charm so wisely as never before.

5. A word of enforcement or emphasis; thus, as soon as ever he had done it; as like him as ever he can look.

They broke all their bones in pieces or ever they came to the bottom of the den. Dan.6.

The latter phrase is however anomalous; or-ever being equivalent to before, and or may be a mistake for ere.

7. In poetry, and sometimes in prose, ever is contracted into e'er.

Ever in composition signifies always or continually, without intermission, or to eternity.




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EV'ER, adv. At any time; at any period or point of time, past or future. Have you ever seen the city of Paris, or shall you ever see it?

No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph.5.

1. At all times; always; continually.

He shall ever love, and always be

The subject of my scorn and cruelty.

He will ever by mindful of his covenant. Ps.111.

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim.3.

2. Forever, eternally; to perpetuity; during everlasting continuance.

This is my name forever. Ex.3.

In a more lax sense, this word signifies continually, for an indefinite period.

His master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him forever. Ex.21.

These words are sometimes repeated, for the sake of emphasis; forever and ever, or forever and forever.

3. Ever and anon, at one time and another; now and then.

4. In any degree. No man is ever the richer or happier for injustice.

Let no man fear that creature ever the less, because he sees the apostle safe from his poison.

In modern usage, this word is used for never, but very improperly.

And all the question, wrangle e'er so long,

Is only this, if God has placed him wrong.

This ought to be, ne'er so long, as the phrase is always used in the Anglo-Saxon, and in our version of the scriptures, that is, so long as never, so long as never before, to any length of time indefinitely. As me never so much dowry. Charmers, charming never so wisely. These are the genuine English phrases. Let them charm so wisely as never before.

5. A word of enforcement or emphasis; thus, as soon as ever he had done it; as like him as ever he can look.

They broke all their bones in pieces or ever they came to the bottom of the den. Dan.6.

The latter phrase is however anomalous; or-ever being equivalent to before, and or may be a mistake for ere.

7. In poetry, and sometimes in prose, ever is contracted into e'er.

Ever in composition signifies always or continually, without intermission, or to eternity.


EV'ER, adv. [Sax. æfre, efre.]

  1. At any time; at any period or point of time, past or future. Have you ever seen the city of Paris, or shall you ever see it? No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph. v.
  2. At all times; always; continually. He shall ever love, and always be / The subject of my scorn and cruelty. Dryden. He will ever be mindful of his covenant. Ps. cxi. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim. iii.
  3. Forever, eternally; to perpetuity; during everlasting continuance. This is my name forever. Ex. iii. In a more lax sense, this word signifies continually, for an indefinite period. His master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him forever. Ex. xxi. These words are sometimes repeated, for the sake of emphasis; forever and ever, or forever and forever. Pope. Shak.
  4. Ever and anon, at one time and another; now and then. Dryden.
  5. In any degree. No man is ever the richer or happier for injustice. Let no man fear that creature ever the less, because he sees the apostle safe from his poison. Hall. In modern usage, this word is used for never, but very improperly. And all the question, wrangle e'er so long, / Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. Pope. This ought to be, ne'er so long, as the phrase is always used in the Anglo-Saxon, and in our version of the Scriptures, that is, so long as never, so long as never before, to any length of time indefinitely. Ask me never so much dowry. Charmers, charming never so wisely. These are the genuine English phrases. Let them charm so wisely as never before.
  6. A word of enforcement or emphasis; thus, as soon as ever he had done it; as like him as ever he can look. They broke all their bones in pieces or ever they came to the bottom of the den. Dan. vi. [or is a misprint. It should be ere, that is, before. See ere.]
  7. In poetry, and sometimes in prose, ever is contracted into e'er. Ever in composition signifies always or continually, without intermission, or to eternity.

Ev"er
  1. At any time; at any period or point of time.

    No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph. v. 29.

  2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.

    He shall ever love, and always be
    The subject of by scorn and cruelty.
    Dryder.

  3. Without cessation; continually.

    * Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of enforcement. "His the old man e'er a son?" Shak.

    To produce as much as ever they can. M. Arnold.

    Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon. -- Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never. "Let him be ever so rich." Emerson.

    And all the question (wrangle e'er so long),
    Is only this, if God has placed him wrong.
    Pope.

    You spend ever so much money in entertaining your equals and betters. Thackeray.

    -- For ever, eternally. See Forever. -- For ever and a day, emphatically forever. Shak.

    She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful laughter, out of sight for ever and day. Prof. Wilson.

    -- Or ever (for or ere), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]

    Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
    Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!
    Shak.

    * Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen, but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.

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Ever

EV'ER, adverb At any time; at any period or point of time, past or future. Have you ever seen the city of Paris, or shall you ever see it?

No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Ephesians 5:29.

1. At all times; always; continually.

He shall ever love, and always be

The subject of my scorn and cruelty.

He will ever by mindful of his covenant. Psalms 111:3.

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:7.

2. Forever, eternally; to perpetuity; during everlasting continuance.

This is my name forever. Exodus 3:15.

In a more lax sense, this word signifies continually, for an indefinite period.

His master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him forever. Exodus 21:6.

These words are sometimes repeated, for the sake of emphasis; forever and ever or forever and forever.

3. ever and anon, at one time and another; now and then.

4. In any degree. No man is ever the richer or happier for injustice.

Let no man fear that creature ever the less, because he sees the apostle safe from his poison.

In modern usage, this word is used for never, but very improperly.

And all the question, wrangle e'er so long,

Is only this, if God has placed him wrong.

This ought to be, ne'er so long, as the phrase is always used in the Anglo-Saxon, and in our version of the scriptures, that is, so long as never, so long as never before, to any length of time indefinitely. As me never so much dowry. Charmers, charming never so wisely. These are the genuine English phrases. Let them charm so wisely as never before.

5. A word of enforcement or emphasis; thus, as soon as ever he had done it; as like him as ever he can look.

They broke all their bones in pieces or ever they came to the bottom of the den. Daniel 6:6.

The latter phrase is however anomalous; or-ever being equivalent to before, and or may be a mistake for ere.

7. In poetry, and sometimes in prose, ever is contracted into e'er.

Ever in composition signifies always or continually, without intermission, or to eternity.

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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.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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