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NEVER, adv.

1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future. This man was never at Calcutta; he will never be there.

2. It has a particular use in the following sentences.

Ask me never so much dower and gift. Genesis 34.

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Psalm 58.

A fear of battery-though never so well grounded, is no duress.

This is a genuine English use of never, found in our Saxon authors, and it ought to be retained. Ask me so much dower as never was done; that is, dower to any extent. The practice of using ever in such phrases, is corrupt. It not only destroys the force but the propriety of the phrase.

3. In no degree; not.

Whoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another mans head and yet see never the worse.

4. It is used for not. He answered him never a word; that is, not ever. This use is not common.

5. It is much used in composition; as in never-ending, never-failing, never-dying, never-ceasing, never-fading; but in all such compounds, never retains its true meaning.



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NEVER, adv.

1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future. This man was never at Calcutta; he will never be there.

2. It has a particular use in the following sentences.

Ask me never so much dower and gift. Genesis 34.

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Psalm 58.

A fear of battery-though never so well grounded, is no duress.

This is a genuine English use of never, found in our Saxon authors, and it ought to be retained. Ask me so much dower as never was done; that is, dower to any extent. The practice of using ever in such phrases, is corrupt. It not only destroys the force but the propriety of the phrase.

3. In no degree; not.

Whoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another mans head and yet see never the worse.

4. It is used for not. He answered him never a word; that is, not ever. This use is not common.

5. It is much used in composition; as in never-ending, never-failing, never-dying, never-ceasing, never-fading; but in all such compounds, never retains its true meaning.

NEV'ER, adv. [Sax. næfre; ne, not, and æfre, ever.]

  1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future. This man was never at Calcutta; he will never be there.
  2. It has a particular use in the following sentences, Ask me never so much dower and gift. Gen. xxxiv. Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Ps. lviii. A fear of battery, – though never so well grounded, is no duress. Blackstone. This is genuine English use of never, found in our Saxon authors, and it ought to be retained. “Ask me so much dower as never was done;” that is, dower to any extent. The practice of using ever in such phrases is corrupt. It not only destroys the force but the propriety of the phrase. Burke. Camden. Washington. Goldsmith. Hooke.
  3. In no degree; not. Whoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse. South.
  4. It is used for not. He answered him never a word; that is, not ever. This use is not common.
  5. It is much used in composition; as, in never-ending, never-failing, never-dying, never-ceasing, never-fading; but in all such compounds, never retains its true meaning.

Nev"er
  1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future.

    Shak.

    Death still draws nearer, never seeming near. Pope.

  2. In no degree; not in the least; not.

    Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse. South.

    And he answered him to never a word. Matt. xxvii. 14.

    * Never is much used in composition with present participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing, never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing, etc., retaining its usual signification.

    Never a deal, not a bit. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    -- Never so, as never before; more than at any other time, or in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; -- now often expressed or replaced by ever so.

    Ask me never so much dower and gift. Gen. xxxiv. 12.

    A fear of battery, . . . though never so well grounded, is no duress. Blackstone.

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Never

NEVER, adverb

1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future. This man was never at Calcutta; he will never be there.

2. It has a particular use in the following sentences.

Ask me never so much dower and gift. Genesis 34:12.

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Psalms 58:5.

A fear of battery-though never so well grounded, is no duress.

This is a genuine English use of never found in our Saxon authors, and it ought to be retained. Ask me so much dower as never was done; that is, dower to any extent. The practice of using ever in such phrases, is corrupt. It not only destroys the force but the propriety of the phrase.

3. In no degree; not.

Whoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another mans head and yet see never the worse.

4. It is used for not. He answered him never a word; that is, not ever. This use is not common.

5. It is much used in composition; as in never-ending, never-failing, never-dying, never-ceasing, never-fading; but in all such compounds, never retains its true meaning.

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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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2. A picture, exhibiting the form of a district of country, as far as the eye can reach, or a particular extent of land and the objects it contains, or its various scenery.

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