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To his accusations

TO DEFE'CT. V. n. (from the noun.) To
He pleaded still not guilty, and alleg'd
Many sharp reasons to defeat the law. Sbaksp.

be deficient; to fall short of; to fail.

Then due by sentence when thou didst trans-

Some lost themselves in attempts above hu-

manity; yet the enquiries of most defected by the Defeated of his seizure many days

way, and tired within the sober circumference Giv'o thee of grace.


of knowledge Brown's Vulgar Erreuti
Discover'd, and defeated of your prey,

DEFECTIBILITY. 17. so (from defectibl.)
You skulk'd.

Dryden. The state of failing ; deficiency; imper.
He finds himself naturally to dread a superior fection.
Being, that can defeat all his designs, and disap-
point all his hopes.

The perfection and sufficiency of Scripture has

been shewn, as also the defectibility of that pa 3. To abolish; to undo; to change. ticular tradition. Lord Digby to Sir Ken, Digby

. DEFE'ATURE. n. š. (from de and feature.] The corruption of things corruptible depends Change of feature; alteration of coun

upon the intrinsical defectibility of the connectenance. Not in use.

tion or union of the parts of things corporeal. Grief hath chang'& me;

Hele's Origin of Married And careful hours, with time's deforincd hand,

DEFE'CTIBLE, adj. (from defect.] ImHath written strange defeatures in my face.

perfect; deficient; wanting. Sbakspeare.

The extraordinary persons, thus highly far T. DEʻFECATE. v. a. [defeca, Latin.]

voured, were for a great part of their lives is : 1. To purge liquors from lees or foulness;

defectible condition.

Hall. to purify; to cleanse.

DEFE'CTION. n. s. (defectie, Latin.]
I practised a way to defecate the dark and

1. Want ; failure. muddy oil of amber.

Boyle. 2. A falling away ; apostacy.
The blood is not sufficiently defecated or cla This defection and falling away from God was
rified, but remains muddy.

Harvey. first found in angels, and afterwards in men.
Provide a brazen tube

Inflext: self-taught and voluntary flies

If we fail away after tasting of the good word The defecated liquor, through the vent

of God, how criminal must such a defection be! Ascending; thien, by downward tract convey'd,


, Spouts into subject vessels lovely clear. Pbilips.

There is more evil owing to our original de 2. To purify from any extraneous !

fection from God, and the foolish and evil disnoxious mixture; to clear; to brighten.

positions that are found in fallen man. Watti We defecate the notion from materiality; and

3. An abandoning of a king, or staici abstract quantity, place, and all kind of corpo

revolt. reity, from it.

Glanville. He was diverted and drawn from hence by DE'FECATE. adj. [from the verb.] Purg

the general defection of the whole realm. Davids. ed from lees or foulness.

Neither can this be meant of evil
We are puzzled with contradictions, which

or tyrants, but of some perverseness and defecare no absurdities to defecate faculties. Glanville.

tion in the very nation itself


Baces. This liquor was very defecate, and of a pleasing Defe'ctive. adj. [from defectivus, Lat.) golden colour.


1. Wanting the just quantity. DEFECA’TION, n. s. [def&catio, Latin.]

Nor will polished amber, although it send forth

a gross and corporeal exhalement, be found a long Purification ; the act of clearing or pu

time defective upon the exactest scales. Brown. rifying

2. Full of defects; imperfect; not sufThe spleen and liver are obstructed in their ficient; not adequate to the purpose offices of defecation, whence vicious and dreggish

It subjects them to all the diseases depending blood.


upon a defective projectile motion of the blood. DEFE'CT. n. s. [defectus, Latin.] 1. Want; absence of something neces

It will very little help to cure my ignorance, sary; insufficiency; the fault opposed

that this is the best of four or five hypotheses to superfluity.

proposed, which are all defective. Errours have been corrected, and defects sup

If it renders us perfect in one accomplishment, plied.

it generally leaves us defective in another. Add.

Davies. Had this strange energy been less,

3. Faulty ; vicious; blamable. Defect had been as fatal as excess. Blackmore.

Our tragedy writers have been notoriously do 2. Failing; imperfection.

fective in giving proper sentiments to the persons Oft 't is seen

they introduce. Our mean secures us, and our mere defects

DEFECTIVE of deficient Nouns. (In gramProve our commodities.


mar.] Indeclinable nouns, or such as 3. A fault ; mistake; errour.

want a number or some particular We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them

DEFECTIVE Verb. [in grammar.] A whom we love.

You praise yourself,

verb which wants some of its tenses. By laying defects of judgment to me. Sbakspeare.

DEFECTIVENESS. n. s. [from defective] Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,

Want; the state of being imperfect ; Make use of ev'ry friend, and ev'ry foe. Pope.

faultiness. 4. Any natural imperfection ; a blemish;

The lowness often opens the building in a failure, without direct implication of

breadth, or the defectiveness of some other partiany thing too little.

cular makes any single part appear in perfectior Men, through some defect in the organs, want words, yet fail not to expresss their universal DEFENCE. 7. s. (defensio, Latio.]


J. Guard ; .protection; security.

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Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalemi, and built cities O sons! like one of us man is bocome, for defence in Judah.

2 Chronicles. To know both good and evil, since his taste The Lord is your protection and strong stay, Of that defended fruit.

Milton. a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun. The use of wine is little practised, and in some

Ecoles. places defended by customs or laws. Temple. Be thou my strong rock for an house of de 5. To maintain a place, or cause, against fence to save me.


those that attack it. Against all this there seems to be no defence, Let me be foremost to defend the throne, but that of supporting one established form of

And guard my father's glories and my own. doctrine and discipline. Swift.

Pope. 2. Vindication ; justification; apology. So have I seen two rival wits contend:

Alexander beckoned with his hand, and would Qne, briskly charge; one, gravely wise, defend. have made his defence unto the people. Acts.

Smith The youthful prince

DEFI'NDABLE. adj. [from defend.] That With scorn replied, and made this bold defence.


may be defended. 3. Prohibition : this is a sense merely DEFENDANT. adj. [from defendo, Lat.} \ French.

Defensive ; fit for defence.

Line and new repair our towns of war Severe defences may be made against wearing any linen under a certain breadth. Temple.

Wich men of courage, and with means defendant,

Sbükspeare: 4. Resistance. 5. [In law.] The defendant's reply after DEFENDANT. n. s. [from the adjective.] declaration produced.

I. He that defends against assailants.

Those high towers, out of which the Romans 6. (In fortification.] The part that flanks might more conveniently fight with the defenda another work.

ants on the wall, those also were broken by ArTo Depe'nce. V a. [defensus, Lat.]

chimedes' engines.

Wilkins' Math. MagTo defend by fortification. Not in use.

2. [In law.] The person accused or sued. The city itself he strongly fortifies,

This is the day appointed for the combat, Three sides by six it well defenced has. Fairfax.

And ready are the appellant and defendant. Sbal.

Plaintiff dog, and bear defendant. Hudbrds. DeFE'NCELESS. adj. [from defence.] DEFE'NDER. 1. s. [from defend.] 1. Naked; unarmed; unguarded; not I. One that defends; a champion. provided with defence; unprepared. Banish your defenders ; tili at length Captain, or colonel, or knight in arms,

Your ignorance deliver you, Whose chance on these defenceless doors may As most abated captives, to some nation seize,

That won you without blows. Sbakspeare. Guard them, and him within protect from harms. Dost thou not mourn our pow'r employ'd in


vain, My sister is not so defenceless left

And the defenders of our city slain?

Dryden. As you imagine; she has a hidden strength

2. An asserter; a vindicator. Which you remember not.


Undoubtedly there is no way so effectual to Ah me! that fear

betray the truth, as to procure it a weak defender. Comes thund'ring back with dreadful revolution

Soutb. On my defenceless head.


3. [In law.] An advocate ; one that de On a slave disarm'd, Defenceless, and submitted to my rage,

fends another in a court of justice. A base revenge is vengeance on myself. Dryden. DEFE'NSATIVE, n. s. [from defence.) 2. Impotent; unable to make resistance. I. Guard ; defence. will such a multitude of men employ

A very unsafe defensative it is against the fury Their strength against a weak defenceless boy?

of the lion, and surely no better than virginity, Addison. or blood royal, which Pliny doth place in cock broth.

Brown's Vulgar Errours. To DEFE'ND. v.a. [defendo, Latin ; de

If the bishop has no other defensatives but exfendre, French.]

communication, no other power but that of the 1. To stand in defence of; to protect ; to keys, he may surrender up his pastoral staff. support.

South, There arose, to defend Israel, Tola the son of . 2. (In surgery.] A bandage, plaster, or Puah.

Judges. the like, used to secure a wound from Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God:

outward violence. defend me from them that rise up against me,

Psalms. DEFE'NSIBLE. adj. [from defence.) Heav'n defend your souls, that you


1. That may be defended. I will your serious and great business scant.

A field,

Which nothing but the sound of Hotspur's name 3. To vindicate; to uphold; to assert ; to Did seem to make defensible. Sbakspeart. maintain.

They must make themselves defensible both The queen on the throne, by God's assistance,

against the natives and against strangers. Bacor. :- is able to defend herself against all her majesty's

Having often heard Venice represented as one enemies and allies put together. Swift

of the most defensible cities in the world, I in3. To fortify; to secure.

formed myself in what its strength consists.

Addison, And here th' access a gloomy grove defends, And here th' unnavigable lake extends. Dryden. 2. Justifiable ; right; capable of vindicaA village near it was defended by the river.


Clarendon, I conceive it very defensible to disarm an ad4. To prohibit; to forbid. [defendre, versary, and disable him from doing mischief.

Where can you say,

any manner. age,

DEFE'nsiye. adj. [defensif, French; frona That ever God defenced marriage ? Chaucer:

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s. That serves to defend ; proper for de

which sounds

pass, or of other bodies diferent, fence; not offensive.

conduce to the variety and alteration of the
He would not be persuaded by danger to offer

any offence, but only to stand upon the best de DE'FERENT. 1. so [from the adjective.]

Basen. fensive guard he could.

Sidney. That which carries; that which con-
My umpreparedness for war testifies for me
that I am set on the defensive part. King Charles.

Defensive arms lay by, as useless here,

It is certain, however it crosses the received
Where massy balls the neighbouring rocks do

opinion, that sounds may be created without

air, though air be the most favourable deforest of

Bucos. %. In a state or posture of defence.

DE'FERENTS, 1. s. (In surgery.] Certain
What stood, recoil'd,
Defensive scarce, or with pale fear surpris’d,

vessels in the human body, appointed
Fled ignominious.


for the conveyance of humours from DEFENSIVE. n. s. [from the adjective.]

one place to another, Chambers. 1. Safeguard.

DEFI'ANCE. n. s. (from defi, Fr.) Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true de I. A challenge; an invitation to fighi: fensives, as well as on actual invasions. Bacon.

The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar'd; 2. State of defence.

Which, as he breath'd defiance to my ears,
His majesty, not at all dismayed, resolved to


about his head. Sbakspears
stand upon the defensive only. Clarendon.

Nor is it just to bring
DEFENSIVELY. adv. [from defensive.]

A war, without a just a fiance made. Drydes
In a defensive manner.

2. A challenge to make any impeachment DEFE'NST. part. pass. [from defence.]

good. Defended. Obsolete.

3. Expression of abhorrence or contempf. Stout men of arms, and with their guide of

The Novatian heresy was very apt to attract

well-meaning souls; who, seeing it bade suey power, Like Troy's old town defenst with Ilion's tower.

express defiance to apostacy, could not suspect Fairfax.

that it was itself any detection from the faith. TO DEFE'R. v. n. [from difero, Lai.d

Decay of Pack

Nobody will so openly bid defiance tu comma
1. To put off; to delay to act.
He will not long defer

sense, as to affirm visible and direct contradic.

To vindicate the glory of his name
Against all competition, nor will long

DEFICIENCE. 2. s. [from deficia

, LaEndure it.

Milton. DEFICIENCY. S tin.] Inure thyself betimes to the love and practice 1. Want; something less than is necessary. of good deeds; for the longer thou deferrest to be What is to be considered in this case is chietk, acquainted with them, the less every day thou if there be a sufficient fulness or dejiciency of

wilt find thyself disposed to them. Aiterbury. blood; for different methods are to be taken. 2. To pay deference or regard to another's

Arbutbnct en Coti opinion.

There is no burden laid upon our poserts, ToDeFe'r. v.a.

nor any deficieneze to be hereafter made up 3. To withhold ; to delay.

ourselves, which has been our case in so many
other subsidies.

Defer the promis'd boon, the goddess cries.

Pope. .

2. Defect; failing ; imperfection. Neither is this a matter to be deferred till a

Scaliger, finding a defect in the reason of Arimore convenient time of peace and leisure.

stotle, introduceth one of no less deficiency him.

Brosun's Vulgar Errents

Swift. 2. To refer to; to leave to another's judg

Thou in thyself are perfect, and in the

Is no deficience found.
ment and determination.

We find, in our own natures, too great exi
The commissioners deferred the matter unto

dence of intellectual deficience, and deploralle
the earl of Northumberland, who was the prin confessions of human ignotarice.
cipal man of authority in those parts. Bacon.

What great deficience is it, if we come sivore of DE FERENCE. n. s. [deference, Fr.]

others? 1. Regard; respect.

The characters of comedy and trageds are
Virgil could have excelled Varius in tragedy,

never to be made perfect; but always to be and Horace in lyric poetry, but out of deference

drawn with some specks of frailty and deficients to his friends he attempted neither. Dryden.

such as they have been described to us in his He

tory. may

be convinced that he is in an error, by observing those persons, for whose wisdom Deficient. adj. (deficiens, from deficis, and goodness he has the greatest deference, to be

Latin.] failing; wanting ; defective; of a contrary sentiment.

Swift. imperfect. 2. Complaisance; condescension.

O woman! best of all things, as the will
A natural roughness makes a man uncom-

Of God ordain'd them: his creating hand plaisant to others; so that he has no deference for

Nothing imperfect or deficient left. their inclinations, tempers, or conditions. Locke. 3. Submission.

ple be either circular or angular; and of circu

. Most of our fellow-subjects are guided either

lar, either coniplete; as circles, or deficient

, as by the prejudice of education, or by a deference

ovals. to the judgment of those who, perhaps, in their own hearts, disapprove the opinions which they

· any of the former beauties. industriously spread among the multicude.


have either none, or very deficient names, ie DE'FERENT, adj. [from deferers, of de

diligently to be studied. fero, Lat.] That carries up and down. The figures of pipes or concaves, through

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Figures are either simple or mixed: the side

Neither Virgil nor Homer mere depicts in

Several thoughts of the mind, for wäich we

DEFICIENT Numbers (in arithmetick) are

those numbers, whose parts, added in

gether, make less than the integer whose 1. To give the definition; to explain a parts they are.

Chambers. thing by its qualities and circumstances. DEFI'ER. 11. s. [from defi, Fr.] A chal

Whose loss canst thou mean, lenger; a contemner; one that dares

That dost so well their miseries define? - Sidney, and defies.

Though defining be thought the proper way to Is it not then high time that the laws should

make known the proper signification, yet there provide, by the most prudent and effectual

are some words that will not be defined.' Locke. means, to curb those bold and insolent defiers of

2. To circumscribe; to mark the limit; Heaven?

Tillotsen. to bound.. To DEFI’LE. v. a. (apılan, Saxon ; from When the rings appeared only black and Ful, foul.]

white, they were very distinct and well defined,

and the blackness seemed as intense as that of 1. To make foul or impure; to make the central spot.

Newton. nasty or filthy; to dirty.

To DEPINE. v. n. To determine; to de There is a thing, Harry, known to many

in our land by the name of pitch; this pitch, as

cide; to decree. ancient writers do report, doch defile. Sbaksp.

The unjust judge is the capital remover of He is justly reckoned among the greatest

landmarks, when he definet. amics of lands and


properties. prelates of his age, however his character may be defiled by mean and dirty hands. Sevift.

DEFI'NER. n. s. [from define.] One that 2. To pollute; to make legally or ritually

explains; one that describes a thing by impure.

its qualities. That which dieth of itself he shall not eat, to

Your God, forsooth, is found defile himself therewith.


incomprehensible and infinite; Neither shall he defile himself for his father.

But is he therefore found? Vain searcher! no:

Lev. Let your imperfect definition show, 3. To corrupt chastity; to violate.

That nothing you, the weak definer, know.

Prior. Ev'ry object his offence revil'd; The husband murder'd, and the wife defil'd.

DEFINITE. adj. [from definitus, Lat.]

Prior. 1. Certain ; limited; bounded. 4. To taint; to corrupt ; to vitiate ; to Hither to your arbour divers times he repairmake guilty.

ed; and here, by your means, had the sight of the Forgetfulness of good turns, defiling of souls, goddess, who in a definite compass can set forth adultery, and shameless uncleanness. Wisdom.

intinite beauty,

Şidney. God requires rather that we should die, than 2. Exact; precise. defile ourselves with impieries. Stilling fleet. Ideots, in this case of favour, would Let not any instances of sin defile your re

Be wisely definite.

Shakspeare. quests.

Wake. In a charge of adultery, the accuser ought to To Deri'le. v.n. (defiler, Fr.] To march;

set forth in the accusatory libel, or inquisition, to go off file by file.

which succeeds in the place of accusation, some

certain and definite time. Ayliffe's Parergon. DEFI'LE. n. s. (defile, Fr. from file, a line of soldiers ;

which is derived from filun, DE'FINITE. 1. s. (from the adjective.] a thread.] A narrow passage ; a long Thing explained or defined. narrow pass; a lane.

Special bastardy is nothing else but the defiThere is in Oxford a narrow defile, to use

nition of the general; and the general, again, the military term, where the partisans used to

is nothing clse but a definite of the special. Addison.

Ayliffe. DEFI'LEMENT. n. s. [from defile.] The

DE'FINITENESS. n. s. [from definite.]


Certainty ; limitedness. state of being defiled; the act of defiling; nastiness; pollution ; Corruption;

DEFINITION. n. s. (definitio, Lat. definidefedation.

tión, French.] Lust,

1. A short description of a thing by its By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, properties. Lets in defilement to the inward parts. Milion. I drew my definition of poetical wit from my

The unchaste are provoked to see their vice particular consideration of him; for propriety of exposed, and the chaste cannot take into such thoughts and words is only to be found in him. filth without danger of defilement. Spectator.

Dryden. Deri'LER. 1. s. [from defile.} One that

2. Decision; determination. defiles ; a corrupter ; a violater. 3. [In logick.) The explication of the

At the last tremendous day, I shall hold forth essence of a thing by its kind and difin my arms my much wronged child, and call ference. aloud for vengeance on her defiler.

Addison. What is man? Not a reasonable animal mere. DEFI'NABLE. adj. [from define.]

ly; for that is not an adequate and distinguishing definition.

Bentley 1. That may be defined; capable of dcfi. nition.

DEFINITIVE. adj. [definitivus, Lat.] DeThe Supreme Nature we cannot otherwise terminate; positive, express. define, than by saying it is infinite; as it infinite Other authors write often dubiously, even in were definable, or intinity a subject for our rar matters wherein is expected a strict and definirow understanding.

Dryden. tive truth.

Brown's Vulgar Eriours. 2. That may be ascertained.

I make haste to the casting and comparting of

the whole work; it being indeed the very definie Concerning the time of the end of the world, the question is, whether that time be definable

tive sum of this art, to distribute usefully and

W'otton. Burnet's T beory. gracefully a well chosen plot. TO DEFINE, v. a. (definio, Lat. deinir, DEFINITIVELY. adv. (from definitive.] French.]

Positively; decisively; expressly:


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1. To ravish; to take away a woman's Your love deserves my thanks; but my desert, Unmeritable, shuns your high request. Shaksp.

virginity. Bellarmine saith : because we think that the

As is the lust of an eunuch to defaur a virgin

, body of Christ may be in many places at once,

so is he that executeth judgment with violence, locally and visibly; therefore we say and hold, Now will I hence to seek my lovely moor, that the same body may be circumscriptively and definitively in more places at once.

And let my spleenfül sons this trull defleur.

Hall. That Metheuselah was the longest lived of all

Sbakspeare. the children of Adam, we need not grant; nor

2. To take away the beauty and grace of is it definitively set down by Moses. Brown,

any thing.

How on a sudden lost, DeFI'NITIVENESS. 1. s. [from definitive.] Defac’d, deflour'd, and now to death devote! Decisiveness.

Dict. DEPLAGRARILITY. n. s. [from defiagro,

If he died young, he died innocent, and before Lat.] Combustibility; the quality of

the sweetness of his soul was defeared and ravishtaking fire, and burning totally away.

ed from him by the fames and follies of a froWe have spent more time than the opinion of DeFLOURER. n. s. [from deflour.) A the ready deflagrability, if I may so speak, of salt-petre did permit us to imagine. Boyler

ravisher; one that takes away virginity. DEFLA GRABLE. '"adj. [from deflagro,

I have often wondered that those deficurers of

innocence, though dead to all the sentiments of Lat.] Having the quality of wasting virtue and honour, are not restrained by hunia. away wholly in fire, without any re nity.

Adissa. mains.

DEELU'Ous. adj. [defluus, Lat.] Our chymical oils, supposing that they were

1. That flows down. exactly pure, yet they would be, as the best 2. That falls off. spirit of wine is, but the more infiammable and

DEFLU'X: n. so [defluxus, Lat.) Down. deflagrable.

Boyle ward flow.
DEFLAGRA’ s. (deflagratio, Lat.] Both bodies are clammy, and bridle the defu
A term frequently made use of in chy-

of humours without penning them in too much.

Barcr. mistry, for setting fire to several things Deflu’XION. N. so [defiuxia, Lat.] The in their preparation : as in making

flow of humours downward. Æthiops with fire, with sal prunellæ, and many others.


We see that taking cold moveth looseness, by

contraction of the skin and outward parts; and The true reason why paper is not burned by so doth cold likewise cause rheums and defuxions the flame that plays about it seems to be, that from the head. the aqueous part of the spirit of wine, being im- De'rlv. adv. (from dift.] Dexterously i bibed by the paper, keeps it so moist, that the flame of the sulphureous parts of the same spirit

skilfully: Obsolete. Properly deftly. cannot fasten on it; and, therefore, when the

Lo, how finely the Graces can it foot

'1'o the instrument; deflagration is over, you shall always find the


They dauncen defy, and singen soote,
In their merriment.

T. DEFLE'CT. v. n. [deflecto, Latin.] DEFOEDA’TION, %. s. (from defedus,
To turn aside; to deviate from a true

Lat.] The act of making filthy; polcourse, or right line.

lution. This is no English word; at At some parts of the Azores the needle deflectetb not, but lieth in the true meridian : on the

least, to make it English, it should be other side of the Azores, and this side of the

written defedation equator, the north point of the needle wheeleth What native unextinguishable beauty must be to the west. Brown's Vulgar Errours.

impressed and instincted through the whole, For, did not some from a straight course deflect,

which the defadation of so many parts by a had They could not meet, they could no world erect.

printer, and a worse editor, could not 'hinder


from shining forth ! DEFLE'CTION. n. s. [from deflecto, Lat.]

DEFO'RCEMENT. n. s. [from force.) A 1. Deviation ; the act of turning aside.

withholding of lands and tenements by Needles incline to the south on the other side force from the right owner. of the equator; and at the very line, or middle To DEFOʻRM. v. a. (deformo, Lat.) circle, stand without deflection.


1. To disfigure; to make ugly; to spoil 2. A turning aside, or out of the way. the form of any thing. 3. [In navigation.] The departure of a

I that am curtail'd of all fair proportion, ship from its true course.

Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, DEFLE'XURE. n. s. [from deflecto, Latin.]

Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time A bending down; a turning aside, or

Into thiş breathing world, scarce half made up.

Sbakspeare out of the way.

Dict. DEFLORATION. n. s. Čdefloration, Fr. from defloratus, Latin.]

Deform the year delightless. 1. The act of deflouring; the taking

2. To dishonour; to make ungraceful. away of a woman's virginity. 2. A selection of that which is most va

Defo'r M. adj. [deformis, Lat.) Ugly : luable. The laws of Normandy are, in a great mea

disfigured; of an irregular form.

I did proclaim, sure, the defloration of the English laws, and a

That whoso kill'd that monster most defore, transcript of them. TO DEFLO’UR. v. a. [deflorer, Fr.]

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