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In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
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unbend

UNBEND', v.t.

1. To free from flexure; to make straight; as, to unbend a bow.

2. To relax; to remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; as, to unbend the mind from study or care.

3. To relax effeminately.

You unbend your noble strength.

4. In seamanship, to take the sails from their yards and stays; also, to cast loose a cable from the anchors; also, to untie one rope from another.



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UNBEND', v.t.

1. To free from flexure; to make straight; as, to unbend a bow.

2. To relax; to remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; as, to unbend the mind from study or care.

3. To relax effeminately.

You unbend your noble strength.

4. In seamanship, to take the sails from their yards and stays; also, to cast loose a cable from the anchors; also, to untie one rope from another.

UN-BEND', v.t.

  1. To free from flexure; to make straight; as to unbend a bow. Dryden.
  2. To relax; to remit from a strain or from exertion; set a ease for a time; as, to unbend the mind from study or care. Denham.
  3. To relax effeminately. You unbend your noble strength. Shak.
  4. In seamanship, to take the sails from their yards and stays; also to cast loose a cable from the anchors; also, to untie one rope from another. Mar. Dict.

Un*bend"
  1. To free from flexure] to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow.
  2. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
  3. A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax; as, to unbend the mind from study or care.

    You do unbend your noble strength. Shak.

  4. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.
  5. To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.

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Unbend

UNBEND', verb transitive

1. To free from flexure; to make straight; as, to unbend a bow.

2. To relax; to remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; as, to unbend the mind from study or care.

3. To relax effeminately.

You unbend your noble strength.

4. In seamanship, to take the sails from their yards and stays; also, to cast loose a cable from the anchors; also, to untie one rope from another.

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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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conscience

CONSCIENCE, n. [L., to know, to be privy to.]

1. Internal or self-knowledge, or judgment of right and wrong; or the faculty, power or principle within us, which decides on the lawfulness or unlawfulness of our own actions and affections, and instantly approves or condemns them. Conscience is called by some writers the moral sense, and considered as an original faculty of our nature. Others question the propriety of considering conscience as a distinct faculty or principle. The consider it rather as the general principle of moral approbation or disapprobation, applied to ones own conduct and affections; alledging that our notions of right and wrong are not to be deduced from a single principle or faculty, but from various powers of the understanding and will.

Being convicted by their own conscience, they went out one by one. John 8.

The conscience manifests itself in the feeling of obligation we experience, which precedes, attends and follows our actions.

Conscience is first occupied in ascertaining our duty, before we proceed to action; then in judging of our actions when performed.

2. The estimate or determination of conscience; justice; honesty.

What you require cannot, in conscience, be deferred.

3. Real sentiment; private thought; truth; as, do you in conscience believe the story?

4. Consciousness; knowledge of our own actions or thought.

The sweetest cordial we receive at last, is conscience of our virtuous actions past.

[This primary sense of the word is nearly, perhaps wholly obsolete.]

5. Knowledge of the actions of others.

6. In ludicrous language, reason or reasonableness.

Half a dozen fools are, in all conscience, as many as you should require.

To make conscience or a matter of conscience, is to act according to the dictates of conscience, or to scruple to act contrary to its dictates.

Court of conscience, a court established for the recovery of small debts in London and other trading cities and districts.

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