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SERE'NE, a. [L. serenus; Heb. Ch. Syr. Ar. to shine. Class Sr. No. 2. 23.47.]

1. Clear or fair, and calm; as a serene sky; serene air; Serene imports great purity.

2. Bright.

The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky. Pope.

3. Caln; unruffled; undisturbed; as a serene aspect; a serene soul.

4. A title given to several princes and magistrates in Europe; as serene highness; most serene.

SERE'NE, n. A cold damp evening. [Not in use.]

SERE'NE, v. t.

1. To make clear and calm; to quiet.

2. To clear; to brighten.




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SERE'NE, a. [L. serenus; Heb. Ch. Syr. Ar. to shine. Class Sr. No. 2. 23.47.]

1. Clear or fair, and calm; as a serene sky; serene air; Serene imports great purity.

2. Bright.

The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky. Pope.

3. Caln; unruffled; undisturbed; as a serene aspect; a serene soul.

4. A title given to several princes and magistrates in Europe; as serene highness; most serene.

SERE'NE, n. A cold damp evening. [Not in use.]

SERE'NE, v. t.

1. To make clear and calm; to quiet.

2. To clear; to brighten.


SE-RENE, a. [Fr. serein; It. and Sp. sereno; L. serenus; Russ. ozariayu, Heb. Ch. Syr. and Ar. זהר, to shine. Class Sr, No. 2, 23, 47.]

  1. Clear or fair, and calm; as, a serene sky; serene air. Serene imports great purity.
  2. Bright. The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky. Pope.
  3. Calm; unruffled; undisturbed; as, a serene aspect; a serene soul.
  4. A title given to several princes and magistrates in Europe; as, serene highness; most serene.

SE-RENE, n.

A cold damp evening. [Not in use.] – B. Jonson.


SE-RENE, v.t.

  1. To make clear and calm; to quiet.
  2. To clear; to brighten. – Philips.

Se*rene"
  1. Bright; clear; unabscured; as, a serene sky.

    The moon serene in glory mounts the sky. Pope.

    Full many a gem of purest ray serene
    The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
    Gray.

  2. Serenity; clearness; calmness.

    [Poetic.] "The serene of heaven." Southey.

    To their master is denied
    To share their sweet serene.
    Young.

  3. To make serene.

    Heaven and earth, as if contending, vie
    To raise his being, and serene his soul.
    Thomson.

  4. Calm; placid; undisturbed; unruffled; as, a serene aspect; a serene soul.

    Milton.

    * In several countries of Europe, Serene is given as a tittle to princes and the members of their families; as, His Serene Highness.

    Drop serene. (Med.) See Amaurosis. Milton.

  5. Evening air; night chill.

    [Obs.] "Some serene blast me." B. Jonson.
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Serene

SERE'NE, adjective [Latin serenus; Heb. Ch. Syr. Ar. to shine. Class Sr. No. 2. 23.47.]

1. Clear or fair, and calm; as a serene sky; serene air; Serene imports great purity.

2. Bright.

The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky. Pope.

3. Caln; unruffled; undisturbed; as a serene aspect; a serene soul.

4. A title given to several princes and magistrates in Europe; as serene highness; most serene.

SERE'NE, noun A cold damp evening. [Not in use.]

SERE'NE, verb transitive

1. To make clear and calm; to quiet.

2. To clear; to brighten.

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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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