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TI'DINGS, n. plu. News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known.

I shall make my master glad with these tidings.

Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2.



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TI'DINGS, n. plu. News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known.

I shall make my master glad with these tidings.

Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2.

TI'DINGS, n. [plur. Sw. tidning; Dan. tidende, news. It is the participle of Sax. tidan, to happen, or some other verb connected with tide, and denotes coming, or that which arrives.]

News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known. I shall make my master glad with these tidings. Shak. Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke ii.


Ti"dings
  1. Account of what has taken place, and was not before known] news.

    I shall make my master glad with these tidings. Shak.

    Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
    Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned.
    Goldsmith.

    * Although tidings is plural in form, it has been used also as a singular. By Shakespeare it was used indiscriminately as a singular or plural.

    Now near the tidings of our comfort is. Shak.

    Tidings to the contrary
    Are brought your eyes.
    Shak.

    Syn. -- News; advice; information; intelligence. -- Tidings, News. The term news denotes recent intelligence from any quarter; the term tidings denotes intelligence expected from a particular quarter, showing what has there betided. We may be indifferent as to news, but are always more or less interested in tidings. We read the news daily; we wait for tidings respecting an absent friend or an impending battle. We may be curious to hear the news; we are always anxious for tidings.

    Evil news rides post, while good news baits. Milton.

    What tidings dost thou bring? Addison.

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Tidings

TI'DINGS, noun plural News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known.

I shall make my master glad with these tidings

Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10.

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