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INOFFI'CIOUS, a. [in and officious.]

1. Unkind; regardless of natural obligation; contrary to natural duty.

--Suggesting that the parent had lost the use of his reason, when he made the inofficious testament.

Let not a father hope to excuse an inofficious disposition of his fortune, by alleging that every man may do what he will with his own.

2. Unfit for an office.

Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep.

3. Not civil or attentive.



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INOFFI'CIOUS, a. [in and officious.]

1. Unkind; regardless of natural obligation; contrary to natural duty.

--Suggesting that the parent had lost the use of his reason, when he made the inofficious testament.

Let not a father hope to excuse an inofficious disposition of his fortune, by alleging that every man may do what he will with his own.

2. Unfit for an office.

Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep.

3. Not civil or attentive.

IN-OF-FI'CIOUS, a. [in and officious.]

  1. Unkind; regardless of natural obligation; contrary to natural duty. Suggesting that the parent had lost the use of his reason, when he made the inofficious testament. Blackstone. Let not a father hope to excuse an inofficious disposition of his fortune, by alledging that every man may do what he will with his own. Paley.
  2. Unfit for an office. Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep. B. Jonson.
  3. Not civil or attentive. B. Jonson.

In`of*fi"cious
  1. Indifferent to obligation or duty.

    [Obs.]

    Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep. B. Jonson.

  2. Not officious; not civil or attentive.

    [Obs.] Jonhson.
  3. Regardless of natural obligation; contrary to natural duty; unkind; -- commonly said of a testament made without regard to natural obligation, or by which a child is unjustly deprived of inheritance.

    "The inofficious testament." Blackstone. "An inofficious disposition of his fortune." Paley.
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Inofficious

INOFFI'CIOUS, adjective [in and officious.]

1. Unkind; regardless of natural obligation; contrary to natural duty.

--Suggesting that the parent had lost the use of his reason, when he made the inofficious testament.

Let not a father hope to excuse an inofficious disposition of his fortune, by alleging that every man may do what he will with his own.

2. Unfit for an office.

Thou drown'st thyself in inofficious sleep.

3. Not civil or attentive.

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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.

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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emblem

EM'BLEM, n. [Gr. to cast in, to insert.]

1. Properly, inlay; inlayed or mosaic work; something inserted in the body of another.

2. A picture representing one thing to the eye, and another to the understanding; a painted enigma, or a figure representing some obvious history, instructing us in some moral truth. Such is the image of Scaevola holding his hand in the fire, with these words,"agere et pati fortiter Romanum est." to do and to suffer with fortitude is Roman.

3. A painting or representation, intended to hold forth some moral or political instruction; an allusive picture; a typical designation. A balance is an emblem of justice; a crown is the emblem of royalty; a scepter, of power or sovereignty.

4. That which represents another thing in its predominant qualities. A white robe in scripture is an emblem of purity or righteousness; baptism, of purification.

EM'BLEM, v.t. To represent by similar qualities.

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