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leaven

LEAVEN, n. lev'n. [L. levo, Eng. to lift.]

1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Ex. 12.

2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Matt. 16.

LEAVEN, v.t. lev'n.

1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1Cor. 5.

2. to taint; to imbue.



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LEAVEN, n. lev'n. [L. levo, Eng. to lift.]

1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Ex. 12.

2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Matt. 16.

LEAVEN, v.t. lev'n.

1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1Cor. 5.

2. to taint; to imbue.

LEAV'EN, n. [lev'n; Fr. levain, from lever, to raise, L. levo, Eng. to lift.]

  1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Ex. xii.
  2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed. Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. – Matth. xvi.

LEAV'EN, v.t. [lev'n.]

  1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Cor. v.
  2. To taint; to imbue. – Prior.

Leav"en
  1. Any substance that produces, or is designed to produce, fermentation, as in dough or liquids; esp., a portion of fermenting dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough, produces a general change in the mass, and renders it light; yeast; barm.
  2. To make light by the action of leaven] to cause to ferment.

    A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Cor. v. 6.

  3. Anything which makes a general assimilating (especially a corrupting) change in the mass.

    Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke xii. 1.

  4. To imbue; to infect; to vitiate.

    With these and the like deceivable doctrines, he leavens also his prayer. Milton.

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Leaven

LEAVEN, noun lev'n. [Latin levo, Eng. to lift.]

1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Exodus 12:15.

2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Matthew 16:6.

LEAVEN, verb transitive lev'n.

1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Corinthians 5:6.

2. to taint; to imbue.

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