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more on the guilt of the suffering person, than The king granted the Jews to gather them.
of the assassin.

Addison. selves together, and to stand for their life, to
Orestes brandish'd the revenging sword, destroy all the power that would assault them.
Slew the dire pair, and gave to tun'ral fame :

The vile assassin, and adult'rous dame. Pope. Before the gates the cries of babes new-born,

Useful, we grant, it serves what life requires, Whom fate had from their tender mothers torn,
But, dreadful too, the dark assassin hires. Pepe. Assdult his ears.

ASSA'SSINATE. n. s. [from assassin.] The New cursed steel, and more accursed gold,
crime of an assassin ; murder.

Gave mischief birth, and made that mischief

Were not all assassinates and popular insur-

And double death did wretched man invade,
rections wrongfully chastised, if the meanness
of the offenders indemnified them from punish- ASSA'ULTER. n. s: [from assault.] One

By steel assaulted, and by gold betray'd. Dryd.

To ASSA'SSINATE. v. a. [from assassin.] who violently assaults another.
1. To murder by violence.

Neither liking their eloquence, nor fearing
Help, neighbours, my house is broken open

their might, we esteemed few swords, in a just
by force, and I am ravished, and like to be

defence, able to resist many unjust assaulters.

Sidney, assassinated.

Dryden. · What could provoke thy madness

ASSAY. n. s. [essaye, Fr. from which
To assassinate so great, so brave a man? Pbilips. the ancient writers borrowed assay, ac-
2. To waylay; to take by treachery. This cording to the sound, and the latter

meaning is perhaps peculiar to Milton. essay, according to the writing ; but the
Such usage as your honourable lords

senses now differing, they may be con-
Aftord me, assassinated and betray'd,

sidered as two words.]
Who durst not, with your whole united pow'rs,
· In fight withstand one single and unarm'd. Milt.

1. Examination ; trial.

This cannot be
ASSASSINA’TION.n.s. from assassinate.]

By no assay of reason. ”T is a pageant,
The act of assassinating ; murder by To keep us in false gaze. Sbakspeare,

In law. The exunination of measures
It were done quickly, if th' assassination
Could trammel up the consequence. Shakspeare.

and weights used by the clerk of the

The duke finish'd his course by a wicked as.

Clarendon, 3. The first entrance upon any thing ; a
ASSASSINATOR. M. s. [from assassinate.]

taste for trial.
Murderer ; mankiller ;


For well he weened, that so glorious bait
kills another by violence.

Would tempt his guest to take thereof assay.
Assa?TION. n. s. [assatus, roasted, Lat.] 4. Trial by danger or distress ; difículty;

The egg expiring less in the elixation or boil.
ing; whereas, in the assation or roasting, it will

She heard with patience all unto the end,

And strove to master sorrowful assay. Fairy Q. sometimes abate a drachm.


The men he prest but late,
ASSAULT. n. s. Cassault, French.)

To hard assays unfit, unsure at need,
2. Attack; hostile onset: opposed Yet arm'd to point in well attempted plate.

Her spirit had been invincible against all aso

Be sure to find
saults of affection,


What I foretel thee, many a hard assay
Not to be shook thyself, but all assaults Of dangers, and adversities, and pains,
Bafiling, like thy hoar cliffs the loud sca wave. Ere thou of Israel's sceptre get fast hold. Milt.

Tbomson. To Assa'y. v.a. [essayer, Fr.).
2. Storm : opposed to sap or siege. 1. To make trial of; to make experiment

Jason took at least a thousand men, and sud of.
denly made an assault upon the city. 2 Mace.

One that to bounty never cast his mind,' After some days siege, he resolved to try the Ne thought of honour ever did assay fortune of an assault: he succeeded therein so His baser breast.

Spenser: far, that he had taken the principal tower and Gray and Bryan obtained leave of the general fort.


a little to assay them; and so with some horse 3. Hostile violence.

men charged them home.
Themselves at discord fell,

What unweighed behaviour hath this drunkard
And cruel combat join'd in middle space,
With horrible assault and fury fell. Fairy Queen.

ricked out of my conversation, that he dares in
this manner assay me?

4. Invasion ; hostility; attack.

2. To apply to, as the touchstone in assay.
After some unhappy assaults upon the prero ing metals.
gative by the parliament, which produced its

Whom thus amicted when sad Eve beheld,
dissolution, there followed a composure. Clarend. Desolate where she sat, approaching nigh,

Theories, built upon narrow foundations, are very hard to be supported against the assaulis of

Soft words tohis fierce passion she assay'd. Mill. opposition.


3 To try; to endeavour. la law. A violent kind of injury offered

David girded his sword upon his armour,

5 :
to a man's person. It may be commit-

he assaget to go, for he had not provedit

. 1 Sam. ted by offering of a blow, or by a fear

ASSA'YER. n. s. [from assaz.) An officer ful speech.

of the mint, for the due trial of silver,

Cowell. 6. It has upon before the thing assaulted.

appointed between the master of the TO ASSA'ÚLT. v. a. (from the noun.) To

mint, and the merchants that bring silver attack; to invade; to fall upon with

thither for exchange. violence.

The smelters come up to the assayers within one in twenty.

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Woodward on Fastili,

Assect A'TION, 1. s. [assectatio, Lat.) Your forefathers have asserted, the party w'ich Attendance, or waiting upon.

Dict. they chose till death, and died for its defence. Assecu’TION. n. s. (from assequor, asse

Dryden. cutum, to obtain ] Acquirement; the

2. To affirm ; to declare positively. act of obtaining.

3. To claim ; to vindicate a title to. By the canon law, a person, after he has been

Nor can the groveling mind, in full possession of a second benefice, cannot re

In the dark dungeon of the limbs confin'd, turn again to his first; because it is immediately

Assert the native skies, or own its heav'nly kind. ved by his assecution of a second. Ayliffe.

Dryden. Asse'M BLAGE, N. s (assemblage, Fr.

Asse'rtion.n. s. [from assert.] 1. A collection; a number of individuals

1. The act of asserting.

2. Position advanced. brought together. It differs from aso

If any affirm the earth doth move, and will sembly, by being applied only, or chiefly,

not believe with us it standeth still, because he to things; assembly being used only, or

hath probable reasons for it, and I no infallible generally, of persons.

sense or reason against it, I will not quarrel with Al chat we amass together in our thoughts is his assertion

Brown's Vulgar Errours. positive, and the assemblage of a great number AssE'R TIVÈ. adj. (from assert.] Positive ; of positive ideas of space or duration. Locke.

dogmatical; peremptory. 2. The state of being asse:nbled.

He was not so fond of the principles he unO Hartford, ficted or to shine in courts dertook to illustrate, as to boast their certainty : With unaffected grace, or' walk the plains proposing them not in a confident and assertive With innocence and meditation join'd

form, but as probabilities and hypotheses. lo soft assemblage, listen to my song! Thomson.

Glanville. TO ASSE’MBLE. v. a. (assembler,. Fr.) Asse'rtor. n. 's. (from assert.] MainTo bring together into one place. It tainer ; vindicator ; supporter: affirmer. is used both of persons and things.

Among th' assertors of free reason's claim, And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, Our nation's not the least in worth or fame. Dryd and shall assemble the outcases of Israel, and ga Faithful assertor of thy country's cause, toer together the dispersed of Judah. Isaiah. Britain with tears shall bathe thyglorious wound. He wonders for what end you have assembled

Prior. Such troops of citizens to come to him. Shaksp. It is an usual piece of art to undermine the auTo ASSE'MBLE. V.n. To meet together. thority of fundamental truths, by pretending to

These men assembled, and found Daniel pray: shew how wcak the proofs are, which their use ing.

Daniel. sertors employ in defence of them. Atterbury. ASSEMBLY. n. s. [assemblée, Fr.] TO ASSE'RVE. v. a. [asservio, Lat.] To company met together.

serve, help, or second.

Dict. They had heard, by fame,

TO ASSE'SS. v. a. (from assestare, 1:al. Of this so noble and so fair assembly,

to inake an enuilibrium, or balance.] This night to meet here. Slukspeare. To charge with any certain sum. ASSE'NT. n. s. (assensus, Lat.]

Before the receipt of them in tiris office, they 1. The act of agreeing to any thing:

were assessed by the aädavit from the time of Without che king's essent or knowledge, the inquisition found.

Bacon. You wrought to be a legate. Sbaksp. Henry VIII. AssE'ssion. n. s. { assessio, Lat.] A sit

Faith is the assent to any proposition, not ting down by one, to give assistance or thus made out by the deduction of reason, but


advice. upon the credit of the proposer.

Dict. All the arguments on both sides must be laid ASSESSMENT: n. s. [from assess.] in balance, and, upon the whole, the under 1. The sum levied on certain property standing determine its assent.

Locke. 2. The act of assessing. 2. Consen: ; agreement.

What greater immunity and happiness can To urge any thing upon the church, requiring there beto a people, than to be liable to no laws, thereunto chat religious assent of christian belief, but what they make themselves? To be subject wherewith the words of the holy prophets are to no contribution, assessment, or any pecuniary received, and not to shew it in scripture ; this levy whatsoever, but what they vote, and vodid the Fathers evermore think unlawful, im luntarily yield unto themselves? Howel, pious, and execrable.

Hooker. ASSE'ssok. n. s. [ussessor, Lat.) The evidence of God's own testimony, added

1. The person that sits by ancther: geneinto the natural assent of reason concerning the

rally used of those who assist the judge. certainty of them, doth not a little comfort and contirm the same.


Minos, the strict inquisitor, appears;

And lives and crimes, with his assessors, hoars: TO ASSENT. v. n. (assentire, Lat.] To

Round in his urn the blended balls he rowls, concede ; to yield to, or agree to.

Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls. And the Jews also assented, saying, that these

Dryden. things were so.

2. He that sits by another, as next in digASSENTATION, n. s. [assentatio, Lat.]

nity. Compliance with the opinion of another

To his Son, out of fattery or dissimulation. Dict. Th' assessor of his throne, he thus began. Milt. Asse'sTMENT. n. s. [from assent.] Con- Twice stronger than his sire, who sat above, sent.

Assessor to the throne of thund'ring Jove. Drya. Their arguments are but precarious, and 3. He that lays taxes: derived from assess. ubsist upon ths charity of our assentments. A'SSETS 9. s. withont the singular. [assez,

Browr. To ASSERT. v. a. [assero, Lat.]

F:.] Goods sufficient to discharge that

Eurden, which is cast upon the executor 1. To maintain; to defend either by words or actions.

or heir, in satisfying the testator's or an

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cestor's debts or legacies. Whoever two generals, both of them rather courtiers pleads assets, sayeth nothing ; but that

assured to the state, than martial men. Bacon. the person, against whom he pleads, hath

Both joining, enough come to his hands, to discharge

As join'd in injuries, one enmity

Against a foe by doom express assiga'd us, what is in deman', Cowell. That eruel serpent.

Milton, TO ASSEVER. v. a. [assevero, Lat.) True quality is neglected, virtue is oppressed, To Asse'vERATE.) To affirm with great and vice triumphant, The last day will assign solemnity, as upon oath,

to every one a station suitable to his character. ASSEVERÁrion. n. s. [from asseverate.]

Addison. Solemn affirmation, as upon oath.

2. To fix with regard to quantity or value, That which you are persuaded of, ye have it

There is no such intrinsick, natural, settled vas no otherwise than by your own only probable

lue in any thing, as to make any assigned quancollection; and therefore such bold asseverations,

tity of it constantly worth any assigned quantity
of another.

as in him were admirable, should, in your mouths,
but argue rashness.


3. [In law,] In general, to appoint a deAnother abuse of the tongue I might add ; ve puty, or make over a right to another; hement asseverations upon slight and trivial ac in particular, to appoint or set forth, casions.

Ray on the Creation.

as to assign error, is to shew in what The repetition gives a greater emphasis to the words, and agrees better with the vehemence of

part of the process 'error is committed; the speaker in making his asseveration. Broome. to assign false judgment, is to declare A'SSHEAD. n. s. (from ass and bead.] One

how and where the judgment is unjust; slow of apprehension ; a blockhead. to assign the cessor, is to shew how the

Will you help an ass-bead, and a coxcomb, plaintiff had cessed, or given over ; to and a knave, a thin-faced knave, a guli? Shaks. assign waste, is to shew wherein espeASSIDU'ITY.1.s. (assiduité, Fr. assiduitas, cially the waste is committed. Cowell.

Lat.] Diligence; closeness of applica- ASSIGNABLE, adj. [from assign.] That tion.

may be marked out, or fixed. I have, with much pains and assiduity, qualified Aristotle held that it streamed by connatural myself for a nomenclator.

Addison. result and emanation from God; so that there Can he, who has undertaken this, want con was no instant assignable of God's eternal existviction of the necessity of his utmost vigour and ence, in which the world did not also co-exist. assidujty to acquit himself of it? Rogers.

South, We observe the address and assiduity they Assigna'tion.n. s.[assignation, French.] will use to corrupt us.

Rogers: 1. An appointment to meet : used gene-
ASSIDUOUS. adj. [assiduus, Latin.] rally of love appointments.
Constant in application.

The lovers expected the return of this stated
And if by pray'r

hour with as much impatience as if it had been Incessant I could hope to change the will

a real assignation.

Of him who all things can, I would not cease Or when a whore in her vocation
To weary him with my assiduous cries. Milton.

Keeps punctual to an assignation. Swifi.
The most assiduous talehearers, and bitterest
rerilers, are often half-witted people.

2. A making over a thing to another. Government of the Tongue.

ASSIGNEE'. n. s. (assigné, Fr.) He that In summer, you see the hen giving herself is appointed or deputed by another to greater freedoms, and quitting her care for above do any act, or perform any business, or two hours together; but in winter, when the

enjoy any commodity. And an assignee rigour of the season would chill the principles of may be either in deed or in law : assignce lifc, and destroy the young one, she grows more assiduous in her attendance, and stays away but

in deed, is he that is appointed by a perhalf the time.


son; assignee in law, is he whom the law Each still renews her little labour,

maketh so, without any appointment
Nor justies her assiduous neighbour.

ASSIDUOUSLY., adv. [from assiduous.] Assi'oner. n. s. [from assign.] He that
Diligently ; continually.
The trade that obligos artificers to be assidua,

appoints. ous'y conversant with their materials, is that of

The gospel is at once the assigner of ous tasks, glass-men.


and the magazine of our strength. Decay of Piety. 'The habitable earth may

Ass'IGNMENT. n. s. [from assign.] Ap. ally the drier, seeing it is assiduously drained propriation of one thing to another and exhausted by the seas.

Bentley thing or person. TO ASSL'EGE. v. a. (assieger, Fr.] To be. The only thing which maketh any place pubs siege. Obsolete.

lick, is the publick assignment thereofunto such On th' other side th'assieged castles ward

duties. Their stedfast arms did mightily maintain. Spen.

This institution, which assigns it to a person; ASSIE'NTO.n. s.[InSpanish, a contractor

whom we have no rule to know, is just as good

Locke. bargain.] A contract or convention be

as an assignment to nobody at all. tween the king of Spain and other

Assi'MILà B12. adj. (from assimilate.]

powcrs, for furnishing the Spanish domini

That may be converted to the same naons in America with negro slaves. Dict.

ture with something else. TO ASSIGN. v. a. (assigner, Fr. assigno,

The spirits of many will find but naked habi-

tations; meeting no assimilables wherein to re-
act their natures.

Brown's Vulgar Errours.
1. To mark out; to appoint.
He assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew

TO ASSIMILATE. v. n. (assimilo, Lat.) that valiant men were.

2 Sam. To perform the act of converting food The two armies were assigned to the leading of to nourishment.

of the person.

have been perpetu.


Birds assimilate less, and excern more, than Some young towardly noblemen or gentlemen beasts; for their excrements are ever liquid, and

were usually sent as assistants or attendants, actheir fiesh generally more dry.

Bacon, cording to the quality of the persons. Bacon. Birds be commonly better meat than beasts, 2. Sometimes it is perhaps only a softer because their flesh doch assimilate more finely, word for an attendant. and secerneth more subtely. Bacon's Nat. Hist. The pale assistants on each other star'd, TO ASSIMILITE, V. a.

With gaping mouths for issuing words prepar'd. 1. To bring to a likeness, or resemblance.

Dryden. A ferine and necessitous kind of life would ASSI'ZE. n. s. (assise, a sitting, Fr.] easily assimilate at least the next generation to 1. An assembly of knights and other subbarbarism and ferineness.


stantial men, with the bailiff or justice, They are not over-patient of mixture; but such whom they cannot assimilate, soon find it

in a certain place, and at a certain time. their interest to remove.


2. A jury. 2. To turn to its own nature by digestion. 3. An ordinance or statute. Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate,

4. The court, place, or time, where and And corporeal to incorporeal turn.

Milton. when the writs and processes of assize Hence also animals and vegetables may assi

are taken.

Cowell. milate their nourishment; moist nourishment The law was never executed by any justices of easily changing its texture, till it becomes like

assize, but the people left to their own laws. the dense earth. Newton,

Davies on Ireland. Ass='MILATENESS. n. s. (from assimilate.) At eachassize and term we try Likeness.

Dict. A thousand rascals of as deep a dye. Dryder, ASSIMILA'Trox. n. s. [from assimilate.] 5. Any court of justice. 1. The act of couverting any thing to the

The judging God shall close the book of fate, nature-or substance of another.

And there the last assizes keep,

For those who wake, and those who sleep. Dryd. It furthers the very act of assimilation of nourishment, by some outward emollients that make 6. Assize of bread, ale, &c. Measure of

the parts more apt to assimilate. Bac. Nat. Hist. price or rate. Thus it is said, when %. The state of being assimilated, or be wheat is of such a price, the bread sball coming like something else.

be of such assize. A nourishment in a large acceptation, but not 7. Measure ; for which we now use size. in propriety, conserving the body, not repairing On high hill's top I saw a stately frame it by assimilation, but preserving it by ventila An hundred cubits high by just assize, tion. Brotun's Vulgar Errours. With hundred pillars.

Spenser. It is as well the instinct as duty of our nature, To Assi'ze, v. a. [from the noun.] To to aspire to an assimilation with God; even the

fix the rate of any thing by an assize or most laudable and generous ambition.


Decay of Piety. To Assi'MULATE. v. a. (assimulo, Lat.) Assizer or Assi'sER. n. s. [from assize.] To feign ; to counterfeit. Dict.

An officer that has the care and overASSIMULA'TION. 1.:. [assimulatio, Lat.] sight of weights and measures.Chambers.

A dissembling; a counterfeiting. Dict. AssociaBLE. adj. [associabilis, Lat.] To ASSI'ST. v. a. (assister, Fr. assisto,

"That may be joined to another. Lat.) To help:

TO ASSOCIATE. v. a. Lassocier, Fr.] Receive her in the Lord as becometh saints, associo, Lat.] and assist her in whatsoever business she hath 1. To unite with another as a confederate. need.

Romans. A fearful army led by Caius Marcius, It is necessary and assisting to all our other Associated with Aufidius, rages intellectual faculties.

Upon our territories.

Sbakspeare. Acquaintance with method will assist one in

2. To adopt as a friend upon equal terms. ranging human aifairs.

Watts' Logick.

Associate in your town a wand'ring train, She no sooner yielded to adultery, but she

And strangers in your palace entertain. Dryden. agreed to assist in the murder of her husband.

Broome on the Odyssey. 3. To accompany; to keep company with | AssI'STANCE. 11. s. (assistance, French.]


Friends should associatsfriends in grief and woc. Help ; furtherance.

Sbakspeare. The council of Trent commends recourse, not only to the prayers of the saints, but to their 4. To unite ; to join. aid and assistance: What doth this aid and as

Some oleaginous particles unperceivedly assosistance signify ?

ciufed themselves to it. Stillingfilet.

Boyle. You have abundant assistances for this know- '5. It has generally the particle with; as, ledge, in excellent books. Wake's Prep.fur Death. he associated with his inaster's enemies.

Let us entreat this necessary assistance, that To Asso'CIATE. v. n. To unite himself; by his grace he would lead us. Rogers.

to join hiinself. ASSISTANT.adj. [trom assist.] Helping; Asso'OLATE. adj. (from the verb.] Con. lending aid.

federate; joined in interest or purpose. Some perchance did adhere to the duke, and

While I descend through dark:less were assistant to him openly, or at least under

To my associate powers, there to acquaint
Hale's Common Law of England. With these successes.

Milton. for the performance of this work, a vital or directive principle seemech to be assistant to the

Asso'CIATE. n. s. (from the verb.] Corporeal

Grew. 1. A person joined with another; a Assi'stant. n. s. [from assist.]

partner. 1. A person engaged in an affair, not as

They persuade the king, now

old age, to

make Plangus his associate in government with frincipal, but as auxiliary or ministeriál,





2. A confederate, in a good or neutral Since nought assuageth malice when 't is cold.

Fairfax. sense ; an accomplice in ill.

This was necessary for the securing the peoTheir defender, and his associates, have sithence

ple from their fears, capable of being assuaged by proposed to the world a form such as themselves

no other means.

Clarendon. Ske.


Shall I, t'assuage 3. A companion : implying some kind of

Their brutal rage, equality.

The regal stem

destroy. Dryden's Albion. He was accompanied with a noble gentleman, 3. To ease ; as, the medicine assuages pain. no unsuitable associate.

Wotton. TO ASSUAGE, V. n. To abate.
Sole Eve, associate sole, to me, beyond

God made a wind to pass over the earth, and Compare, above all living creatures dear. Milt.

the waters assuaged.

Genesis. Buit my associates now my stay deplore, Imparient.

Pope's Odyssey.

ASSUA'GEMENT. n. s. (from assuage.] Mi. Associa’TION. n. s. (from associate.]

tigation ; abatement of evil.

Tell me, when shall these weary woes have end, 1. Union ; conjunction ; society:

Or shall their ruthless torments never cease ; The church being a society, hath the self-same But all my days in pining languor spend, original grounds, which other politick societies Without hope of assuagement or release. Spenser. have; the natural inclination which all men ASSUA'GER. n. s. (from assuage.] One have unto sociable life, and consent to some

who pacifies or appeases. certain bond of association, which bond is the law that appointeth what kind of order they Assua'sive. adj. [from assuage.) Softenshould be associated in.

Hooker. ing ; mitigating 2. Confederacy; union for particular pur

If in the breast tumultuous joys arise,

Musick her soft assuasive voice supplies. Popes poses, good or ill. This could not be done but with mighey op

TO ASSU'BJUGATE. v. a. (subjugo, Lat.] position; against which to strengthen themselves,

To subject to. Not in use.

This valiant lord they secretly entered into a league of association.


Must not so state his palm, nobly acquir'd;

Nor by my will assubjugate his merit, 3. Partnership. Self-denial is a kind of holy association with

By going to Achilles.

Sbakspeare God; and, by making you his partner, interests ASSUEFACTIOS. n. so (assuefacio, Lat.) you in all his happiness.


The state of being accustomed to any 4. Connection. Association of ideas is of great importance,

Right and left, as parts inservient unto the and may be of excellent use.


motive faculty, are differenced by degrees from 5. Apposition ; union of matter.

use and assuefaction, or according whereto the one The changes of corporeal things are to be

grows stronger. Brown's Vulgar Erreurs, placed only in the various separacions, and new

ASSUE'TUDE, 1. s. (assuetudo, Lat.] Acassociations and motions, of these permanent customance ; custom ; habit. particles.

Newton. We see that assuetude of things hurtful, doch A'SSONANCE. n. s. (assonance, Fr.) Re make them lose the force to hurt. Bacon. . ference of one sound to another re

TO ASSU'ME v.a. (assumo, Lat.] sembling it ; resemblance of sound. Dict. 1. To take.

This when the various god had urg'd in vain, A'SSONANT. adj. (assonant, Fr.) Sounding He strait assum'd his native form again. Popes in a manner resernbling another sound.

2. To take upon one's self. Dict.

With ravish'd ears TO ASSO'rt.v. a.[assortir, Fr.] To range

The monarch hears, in classes, as one thing suits with an

Assumes the God,

Affects to nod, other.

And seems to shake the spheres. Dryden. ASSO'RTMENT.n. s. [from assort.]

3. To arrogate ; to claim or seize unjusly. 1. The act of classing or ranging.

4. To suppose something granted with2. A mass or quantity properly selected

out proof. and ranged.

In every hypothesis, something is allowed to To Asso't. v. a. (froin sot ; assoter, Fr.]

be assumed.

Boyle To infatuate; to besot. Out of use. 5. To apply to one's own use ; to approBut whence they sprung, or how they were priate. begot,

His majesty might well assume the complains Uneath is to assure, uneath to weene

and expression of king David. Clarendon, That monstrous errour which doth some assot, To Assu'mf. v. n. To be arrogant ; to

Spenser. claim more than is due. TO ASSUA'GE. v. a. [The derivation Assu’MER. n. s. [from assume.] Ao arof this word is uncertain : Minshew

rogant man; a man who claims more deduces, it from adsuadere, assuaviare; than his due, Junius, from spæs, sweet; from whence Can any man be wise in any course, in which he Skinner imagines asþæsan might have

is not safe too. But can these high assumers, and been formed.]

pretenders toreason, prove themselves so ? South. 1. To mitigate; to soften ; to allay.

ASSU'MING. participial adj. (from asRefreshing winds the summer's heats assuage,

sume.) Arrogant; haughty. And kindly warmth disarms the winter's rage.

His haughty looks, and his assuming air, Addison,

The son of Isis could no longer bear. Dryden.

This makes him over-forward in business, as2. To appease ; to pacify.

suming in conversation, and pereinptory in ans Yet is his hate, his rancour, ne'er the less,



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