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    CONSTRUCTER, n. One who constructs or frames.

    CONSTRUCTING, ppr. Building; framing; composing.


    1. The act of building, or of devising and forming; fabrication.NWAD CONSTRUCTION.2

    2. The form of building; the manner of putting together the parts of a building, a machine, or a system; structure; conformation.NWAD CONSTRUCTION.3

    The sailing of a ship and its capacity depend chiefly on its construction.NWAD CONSTRUCTION.4

    3. In grammar, syntax, or the arrangement and connection of words in a sentence, according to established usages, or the practice of good writers and speakers.NWAD CONSTRUCTION.5

    4. Sense; meaning; interpretation; explanation; or the manner of understanding the arrangement of words, or of understanding facts. Let us find the true construction; or let us give the authors words a sound, rational, consistent construction. What construction can be put upon this affair, or upon the conduct of a man?NWAD CONSTRUCTION.6

    5. The manner of describing a figure or problem in geometry. The drawing of such lines, such figure, etc., as are previously necessary for making any demonstration appear more plain and undeniable.NWAD CONSTRUCTION.7

    6. In algebra, the construction of equations is the method of reducing a known equation into lines and figures, in order to a geometrical demonstration.NWAD CONSTRUCTION.8

    CONSTRUCTIONAL, a. Pertaining to construction; deduced from construction or interpretation. [Unusual.]

    CONSTRUCTIVE, a. By construction; created or deduced by construction, or mode of interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred; as constructive treason.

    Stipulations, expressed or implied, formal or constructive.NWAD CONSTRUCTIVE.2

    CONSTRUCTIVELY, adv. In a constructive manner; by way of construction or interpretation; by fair inference.

    A neutral must have notice of a blockade, either actually by a formal information, or constructively by notice to his government.NWAD CONSTRUCTIVELY.2

    CONSTRUCTURE, n. An edifice; pile; fabric. [For this, structure is more generally used.]

    CONSTRUE, v.t. [L. See Construct.]

    1. To arrange words in their natural order; to reduce from a transposed to a natural order, so as to discover the sense of a sentence; hence, to interpret; and when applied to a foreign language, to translate; to render into English; as, to construe Greek, Latin or French.NWAD CONSTRUE.2

    2. To interpret; to explain; to show or to understand the meaning.NWAD CONSTRUE.3

    I pray that I may not be so understood or construed.NWAD CONSTRUE.4

    Thus we are put to construe and paraphrase our own words.NWAD CONSTRUE.5

    CONSTRUED, pp. Arranged in natural order; interpreted; understood; translated.

    CONSTRUING, ppr. Arranging in natural order; expounding; interpreting; translating.

    CONSTUPRATE, v.t. [L., to ravish.] To violate; to debauch; to defile.

    CONSTUPRATION, n. The act of ravishing; violation; defilement.

    CONSUBSIST, v.i. To subsist together. [See Subsist.]

    CONSUBSTANTIAL, a. [L. See Substance.]

    1. Having the same substance or essence; co-essential.NWAD CONSUBSTANTIAL.2

    The orthodox believe the Son to be consubstantial with the Father.NWAD CONSUBSTANTIAL.3

    2. Of the same kind or nature.NWAD CONSUBSTANTIAL.4

    It continueth a body consubstantial with ours.NWAD CONSUBSTANTIAL.5

    CONSUBSTANTIALIST, n. One who believes in consubstantiation.


    1. The existence of more than one in the same substance; as, the co-eternity and consubstantiality of the Son with the Father.NWAD CONSUBSTANTIALITY.2

    2. Participation of the same nature.NWAD CONSUBSTANTIALITY.3

    CONSUBSTANTIATE, v.t. [L, substance.] To unite in one common substance or nature.

    CONSUBSTANTIATE, v.i. To profess consubstantiation.

    CONSUBSTANTIATION, n. The union of the body of our blessed Savior with the sacramental elements. The Lutherans maintain that after consecration of the elements, the body and blood of Christ are substantially present with the substance of the bread and wine, which is called consubstantiation or impanation.

    CONSUL, n. [L., to consult.]

    1. The chief magistrate of the Ancient Roman Republic, invested with regal authority for one year. There were two consuls, annually chosen in the campus Martius. In the first ages of Tome, they were elected from Patrician families or noblemen; but in the year of Rome 388, the people obtained the privilege of electing one of the consuls from their own body, and sometimes both were plebeians.NWAD CONSUL.2

    2. In modern usage, the name consul is given to a person commissioned by a king or state to reside in a foreign country as an agent or representative, to protect the rights, commerce, merchants and seamen of the state, and to aid the government in any commercial transactions with such foreign country.NWAD CONSUL.3

    3. An adviser. [Not well authorized.]NWAD CONSUL.4

    CONSULAGE, n. A duty laid by the British Levant Company on imports and exports for the support of the companys affairs.

    CONSULAR, a. Pertaining to a consul; as consular power; consular dignity, or privileges.

    CONSULATE, n. [L.] The office of a consul. [This is applicable to modern consuls, as well as to the Roman.]

    2. The jurisdiction or extent of a consuls authority.NWAD CONSULATE.2

    CONSULSHIP, n. The office of a consul; or the term of his office; applicable only to Roman consuls.

    CONSULT, v.i. [L., to consult, to ask counsel.]

    1. To seek the opinion or advice of another by, by a statement of facts, and suitable inquiries, for the purpose of directing ones own judgment; followed by with.NWAD CONSULT.2

    Rehoboam consulted with the old men. 1 Kings 12:6.NWAD CONSULT.3

    David consulted with the captains of thousands. 1 Chronicles 13:1.NWAD CONSULT.4

    2. To take counsel together; to seek opinions and advice by mutual statements, enquiries and reasonings; to deliberate in common.NWAD CONSULT.5

    The chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death. John 12:10.NWAD CONSULT.6

    3. To consider with deliberation. Luke 14:31.NWAD CONSULT.7

    CONSULT, v.t.

    1. To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of another, as a guide to ones own judgment; as, to consult a friend or parent.NWAD CONSULT.9

    2. To seek information, or facts, in something; as by examining books or papers, Thus, I consulted several authors on the subject; I consulted the official documents.NWAD CONSULT.10

    3. To regard; to have reference or respect to, in judging or acting; to decide or to act in favor of. We are to consult the necessities, rather than the pleasures of life. We are to consult public as well as private interest. He consulted his own safety in flight.NWAD CONSULT.11

    Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.NWAD CONSULT.12

    4. To plan, devise or contrive.NWAD CONSULT.13

    Thou hast consulted shame to thy house, by cutting off many people. Habakkuk 2:10. [This sense is unusual and not to be countenanced.]NWAD CONSULT.14

    CONSULT, n. The act of consulting; the effect of consultation; determination; a council, or deliberating assembly. This word is, I believe, entirely obsolete, except in poetry. It would be naturally accented on the first syllable, but the poets accent the last.


    1. The act of consulting; deliberation of two or more persons, with a view to some decision.NWAD CONSULTATION.2

    The chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes. Mark 15:1.NWAD CONSULTATION.3

    2. The persons who consult together; a number of persons seeking mutually each others opinions and advice; a council for deliberation; as, a consultation of physicians was called.NWAD CONSULTATION.4

    Writ of consultation, in law, a writ awarded by a superior court, to return a cause, which had been removed by prohibition from the court Christian, to its original jurisdiction; so called because the judges on consultation find the prohibition ill founded.NWAD CONSULTATION.5

    CONSULTATIVE, a. Having the privilege of consulting.

    CONSULTED, pp. Asked; enquired of, for opinion or advice; regarded.

    CONSULTER, n. One who consults, or asks counsel or information; as a consulter with familiar spirits. Deuteronomy 18:11.

    CONSULTING, ppr. Asking advice; seeking information; deliberating and enquiring mutually; regarding.

    CONSUMABLE, a. [See Consume.] That may be consumed; possible to be destroyed, dissipated, wasted or spent; as, asbestos is not consumable by fire.

    The importation and exportation of consumable commodities.NWAD CONSUMABLE.2

    CONSUME, v.t. [L., to take. So in English we say, it takes up time, that is, it consumes time.]

    1. To destroy, by separating the parts of a thing, by decomposition, as by fire, or eating, devouring, and annihilating the form of a substance. Fire consumes wood, coal, stubble; animals consume flesh and vegetables.NWAD CONSUME.2

    2. To destroy by dissipating or by use; to expend; to waste; to squander; as, to consume an estate.NWAD CONSUME.3

    Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3.NWAD CONSUME.4

    3. To spend; to cause to pass away, as time; as, to consume the day in idleness.NWAD CONSUME.5

    Their days did he consume in vanity. Psalm 78:33.NWAD CONSUME.6

    4. To cause to disappear; to waste slowly.NWAD CONSUME.7

    My flesh is consumed away. Job 33:21.NWAD CONSUME.8

    5. To destroy; to bring to utter ruin; to exterminate.NWAD CONSUME.9

    Let me alone--that I may consume them. Exodus 32:10.NWAD CONSUME.10

    CONSUME, v.i. To waste away slowly; to be exhausted.

    Their flesh--their eyes--their tongue shall consume away. Zechariah 14:12.NWAD CONSUME.12

    The wicked shall perish--they shall consume. Psalm 37:20.NWAD CONSUME.13

    CONSUMED, pp. Wasted; burnt up; destroyed; dissipated; squandered; expended.

    CONSUMER, n. One who consumes, spends, wastes or destroys; that which consumes.

    CONSUMING, ppr.

    1. Burning; wasting; destroying; expending; eating; devouring.NWAD CONSUMING.2

    2. a. That destroys.NWAD CONSUMING.3

    The Lord thy God is a consuming fire. Deuteronomy 4:24.NWAD CONSUMING.4

    CONSUMMATE, v.t. [L. See Sum.] To end; to finish by completing what was intended; to perfect; to bring or carry to the utmost point or degree.

    He had a mind to consummate the happiness of the day.NWAD CONSUMMATE.2

    CONSUMMATE, a. Complete; perfect; carried to the utmost extent or degree; as consummate greatness or felicity.

    CONSUMMATED, pp. Completed; perfected; ended.

    CONSUMMATELY, adv. Completely; perfectly.

    CONSUMMATING, ppr. Completing; accomplishing; perfecting.


    1. Completion; end; perfection of a word, process or scheme.NWAD CONSUMMATION.2

    2. The end or completion of the present system of things; the end of the world.NWAD CONSUMMATION.3

    3. Death; the end of life.NWAD CONSUMMATION.4

    Consummation of marriage, the most intimate union of the sexes, which completes the connubial relation.NWAD CONSUMMATION.5

    CONSUMPTION, n. [L. See Consume.]

    1. The act of consuming; waste; destruction by burning, eating, devouring, scattering, dissipation, slow decay, or by passing away, as time; as the consumption of fuel, of food, of commodities or estate, of time, etc.NWAD CONSUMPTION.2

    2. The state of being wasted, or diminished.NWAD CONSUMPTION.3

    Etna and Vesuvius have not suffered any considerable diminution or consumption.NWAD CONSUMPTION.4

    3. In medicine, a wasting of flesh; a gradual decay or diminution of the body; a word of extensive signification. But particularly, the disease called phthisis pulmonalis, pulmonic consumption, a disease seated in the lungs, attended with hectic fever, cough, etc.NWAD CONSUMPTION.5


    1. Destructive; wasting; exhausting; having the quality of consuming, or dissipating; as a long consumptive war.NWAD CONSUMPTIVE.2

    2. Affected with a consumption or pumonic disease, as consumptive lungs; or inclined to a consumption; tending to the phthisis pulmonalis; applied to the incipient state of the disease, or to a constitution predisposed to it.NWAD CONSUMPTIVE.3

    CONSUMPTIVELY, adv. In a way tending to consumption.

    CONSUMPTIVENESS, n. A state of being consumptive, or a tendency to a consumption.

    CONTABULATE, v.t. [L.] To floor with boards.

    CONTABULATION, n. The act of laying with boards, or of flooring.

    CONTACT, n. [L., to touch. See Touch.] A touching; touch; close union or juncture of bodies. Two bodies come in contact, when they meet without any sensible intervening space; the parts that touch are called the points of contact.

    CONTACTION, n. The act of touching.

    CONTAGION, n. [L., to touch.]

    1. Literally, a touch or touching. Hence, the communication of a disease by contact, or the matter communicated. More generally, that subtil matter which proceeds from a diseased person or body, and communicates the disease to another person; as in cases of small pox, measles, anginas, and malignant fevers; diseases which are communicated without contact. This contagion proceeds from the breath of the diseased, from the perspiration of other excretions.NWAD CONTAGION.2

    2. That which communicates evil from one to another; infection; that which propagates mischief; as the contagion of vice or of evil examples.NWAD CONTAGION.3

    3. Pestilence; a pestilential disease; venomous exhalations.NWAD CONTAGION.4


    1. Containing or generating contagion; catching; that may be communicated by contact, or by a subtil excreted matter; as a contagious disease.NWAD CONTAGIOUS.2

    2. Poisonous; pestilential; containing contagion; as contagious air; contagious clothing.NWAD CONTAGIOUS.3

    3. Containing mischief that may be propagated; as contagious example.NWAD CONTAGIOUS.4

    4. That may be communicated from one to another, or may excite like affections in others.NWAD CONTAGIOUS.5

    His genius rendered his courage more contagious.NWAD CONTAGIOUS.6

    CONTAGIOUSNESS, n. The quality of being contagious.

    CONTAIN, v.t. [L., to hold. See Tenet, Tenure.]

    1. To hold, as a vessel; as, the vessel contains a gallon. Hence, to have capacity; to be able to hold; applied to an empty vessel.NWAD CONTAIN.2

    2. To comprehend; to hold within specified limits.NWAD CONTAIN.3

    Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee. 1 Kings 8:27.NWAD CONTAIN.4

    3. To comprehend; to comprise. The history of Livy contains a hundred and forty books.NWAD CONTAIN.5

    4. To hold within limits prescribed; to restrain; to withhold from trespass or disorder.NWAD CONTAIN.6

    The Kings person contains the unruly people from evil occasions.NWAD CONTAIN.7

    Fear not, my Lord, we can contain ourselves.NWAD CONTAIN.8

    5. To include. This article is not contained in the account. This number does not contain the article specified.NWAD CONTAIN.9

    6. To inclose; as, this cover or envelop contains a letter.NWAD CONTAIN.10

    CONTAIN, v.i. To live in continence or chastity. Arbuthnot and Pope. 1 Corinthians 7:9.

    CONTAINABLE, a. That may be contained, or comprised.

    CONTAINED, pp. Held; comprehended; comprised; included; inclosed.

    CONTAINING, ppr. Holding; having capacity to hold; comprehending; comprising; including; inclosing.

    CONTAMINATE, v.t. [L., to defile.] To defile; to pollute; usually in a figurative sense; to sully; to tarnish; to taint. Lewdness contaminates character; cowardice contaminates honor.

    Shall we now contaminate our fingers with base bribes?NWAD CONTAMINATE.2

    CONTAMINATE, a. Polluted; defiled; corrupt.

    CONTAMINATED, pp. Polluted; defiled; tarnished.

    CONTAMINATING, ppr. Polluting; defiling; tarnishing.

    CONTAMINATION, n. The act of polluting; pollution; defilement; taint.

    CONTECK, n. Quarrel; contention. [Not English.]

    CONTECTION, n. [L.] A covering. [Not used.]

    CONTEMN, v.t. [L., to despise; to drive away.]

    1. To despise; to consider and treat as mean and despicable; to scorn.NWAD CONTEMN.2

    In whose eyes a vile person is contemned. Psalm 15:4.NWAD CONTEMN.3

    2. To slight; to neglect as unworthy of regard; to reject with disdain.NWAD CONTEMN.4

    Wherefore do the wicked contemn God. Psalm 10:13.NWAD CONTEMN.5

    They contemn the counsel of the Most High. Psalm 107:11.NWAD CONTEMN.6

    CONTEMNED, pp. Despised; scorned; slighted; neglected, or rejected with disdain.

    CONTEMNER, n. One who contemns; a despiser; a scorner.

    CONTEMNING, ppr. Despising; slighting as vile or despicable; neglecting or rejecting, as unworthy of regard.

    CONTEMPER, v.t. [L., to mix or temper. See Temper.] To moderate; to reduce to a lower degree by mixture with opposite or different qualities; to temper.

    The leaves qualify and contemper the heat.NWAD CONTEMPER.2

    CONTEMPERAMENT, n. Moderated or qualified degree; a degree of any quality reduced to that of another; temperament.

    CONTEMPERATE, v.t. [See Contemper.] To temper; to reduce the quality of, by mixing something opposite or different; to moderate.


    1. The act of reducing a quality by admixture of the contrary; the act of moderating or tempering.NWAD CONTEMPERATION.2

    2. Temperament; proportionate mixture; as the contemperament of humors in different bodies.NWAD CONTEMPERATION.3

    [Instead of these words, temper and temperament are now generally used.]NWAD CONTEMPERATION.4

    CONTEMPLATE, v.t. [L.]

    1. To view or consider with continued attention; to study; to meditate on. This word expresses the attention of the mind, but sometimes in connection with that of the eyes; as, to contemplate the heavens. More generally, the act of the mind only is intended; as, to contemplate the wonders of redemption; to contemplate the state of the nation and its future prospects.NWAD CONTEMPLATE.2

    2. To consider or have in view, in reference to a future act or event; to intend.NWAD CONTEMPLATE.3

    A decree of the National Assembly of France, June 26, 1792, contemplates a supply from the United States of four millions of livres.NWAD CONTEMPLATE.4

    There remain some particulars to complete the information contemplated by those resolutions.NWAD CONTEMPLATE.5

    If a treaty contains any stipulations which contemplate a state of future war.NWAD CONTEMPLATE.6

    CONTEMPLATE, v.i. To think studiously; to study; to muse; to meditate.

    He delights to contemplate on the works of creation.NWAD CONTEMPLATE.8

    CONTEMPLATED, pp. Considered with attention; meditated on; intended.

    CONTEMPLATING, ppr. Considering with continued attention; meditating on; musing.


    1. The act of the mind in considering with attention; meditation; study; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject.NWAD CONTEMPLATION.2

    Contemplation is keeping the idea, brought into the mind, some time actually in view.NWAD CONTEMPLATION.3

    2. Holy meditation; attention to sacred things; a particular application of the foregoing definition.NWAD CONTEMPLATION.4

    To have in contemplation, to intend or purpose, or to have under consideration.NWAD CONTEMPLATION.5


    1. Given to contemplation, or continued application of the mind to a subject; studious; thoughtful; as a contemplative philosopher, or mind.NWAD CONTEMPLATIVE.2

    2. Employed in study; as a contemplative life.NWAD CONTEMPLATIVE.3

    3. Having the appearance of study, or a studious habit; as a contemplative look.NWAD CONTEMPLATIVE.4

    4. Having the power of thought or meditation; as the contemplative faculty of man.NWAD CONTEMPLATIVE.5

    CONTEMPLATIVELY, adv. With contemplation; attentively; thoughtfully; with deep attention.

    CONTEMPLATOR, n. One who contemplates; one employed in study or meditation; an inquirer after knowledge.

    CONTEMPORANEOUS, a. [See Cotemporary.] living or being at the same time.

    CONTEMPORARY, a. [L., time. For the sake of easier pronunciation and a ore agreeable sound, this word is often changed to cotemporary.] Coetaneous; living at the same time, applied to persons; being or existing at the same time, applied to things; as contemporary kings; contemporary events. [See Cotemporary, the preferable word.]

    CONTEMPORARY, n. One who lives at the same time with another.

    Socrates and Plato were contemporaries.NWAD CONTEMPORARY.3

    CONTEMPORISE, v.t. To make contemporary; to place in the same age or time. [Not used.]

    CONTEMPT, n. [L. See Contemn.]

    1. The act of despising; the act of viewing or considering and treating as mean, vile and worthless; disdain; hatred of what is mean or deemed vile. This word is one of the strongest expressions of a mean opinion which the language affords.NWAD CONTEMPT.2

    Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great.NWAD CONTEMPT.3

    2. The state of being despised; whence in a scriptural sense, shame, disgrace.NWAD CONTEMPT.4

    Some shall awake to everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2.NWAD CONTEMPT.5

    3. In law, disobedience of the rules and orders of a court, which is a punishable offense.NWAD CONTEMPT.6


    1. Worthy of contempt; that deserves scorn, or disdain; despicable; mean; vile. Intemperance is a contemptible vice. No plant or animal is so contemptible as not to exhibit evidence of the wonderful power and wisdom of the Creator.NWAD CONTEMPTIBLE.2

    The pride that leads to dueling is a contemptible passion.NWAD CONTEMPTIBLE.3

    2. Apt to despise; contemptuous. [Not legitimate.]NWAD CONTEMPTIBLE.4

    CONTEMPTIBLENESS, n. The state of being contemptible, or of being despised; despicableness; meanness; vileness.

    CONTEMPTIBLY, adv. In a contemptible manner; meanly; in a manner deserving of contempt.

    CONTEMPTUOUS, a. Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; as contemptuous language or manner; a contemptuous opinion. Applied to men, apt to despise; haughty; insolent; as a nation, proud, severe, contemptuous.

    CONTEMPTUOUSLY, adv. In a contemptuous manner; with scorn or disdain; despitefully.

    The apostles and most eminent Christians were poor, and treated contemptuously.NWAD CONTEMPTUOUSLY.2

    CONTEMPTUOUSNESS, n. Disposition to contempt; act of contempt; insolence; scornfulness; haughtiness.

    CONTEND, v.i. [L., to stretch. Gr., See Tend, Tenet.]

    1. To strive, or to strive against; to struggle in opposition.NWAD CONTEND.2

    Distress not the Moabites, nor contend with them in battle. Deuteronomy 2:9.NWAD CONTEND.3

    2. To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.NWAD CONTEND.4

    You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.NWAD CONTEND.5

    Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 3.NWAD CONTEND.6

    3. To dispute earnestly; to strive in debate.NWAD CONTEND.7

    They that were of the circumcision contended with him. Acts 11:2; Job 9:3.NWAD CONTEND.8

    4. To reprove sharply; to chide; to strive to convince and reclaim.NWAD CONTEND.9

    Then contended I with the rulers. Nehemiah 13:11.NWAD CONTEND.10

    5. To strive in opposition; to punish.NWAD CONTEND.11

    The Lord God called to contend by fire. Amos 7:4.NWAD CONTEND.12

    6. To quarrel; to dispute fiercely; to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles.NWAD CONTEND.13

    To contend for, to strive to obtain; as, two competitors contend for the prize.NWAD CONTEND.14

    CONTEND, v.t. To dispute; to contest.

    When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.NWAD CONTEND.16

    This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend; but it is admissible in poetry.NWAD CONTEND.17

    CONTENDED, pp. Urged in argument or debate; disputed; contested.

    CONTENDENT, n. An antagonist or opposer.

    CONTENDER, n. One who contends; a combatant; a champion.

    CONTENDING, ppr.

    1. Striving; struggling to oppose; debating; urging in argument; quarreling.NWAD CONTENDING.2

    2. Clashing; opposing; rival; as contending claims or interests.NWAD CONTENDING.3

    CONTENEMENT, n. [con and tenement.] Land, or freehold contiguous to a tenement.

    CONTENT, a. [L., to be held; to hold.] Literally, held, contained within limits; hence, quiet; not disturbed; having a mind at peace; easy; satisfied, so as not to repine, object, or oppose.

    Content with science in the vale of peace.NWAD CONTENT.2

    Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:8.NWAD CONTENT.3

    CONTENT, v.t.

    1. To satisfy the mind; to make quiet, so as to stop complaint or opposition; to appease; to make easy in any situation; used chiefly with the reciprocal pronoun.NWAD CONTENT.5

    Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be obtained.NWAD CONTENT.6

    Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas. Mark 15:15.NWAD CONTENT.7

    2. To please or gratify.NWAD CONTENT.8

    It doth much content me, to hear him so inclined.NWAD CONTENT.9

    CONTENT, n.

    1. Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.NWAD CONTENT.11

    A wise content his even soul securd; By want not shaken, nor by wealth allurd.NWAD CONTENT.12

    2. Acquiescence; satisfaction without examination.NWAD CONTENT.13

    The style is excellent; the sense they humbly take upon content.NWAD CONTENT.14

    3. The term used in the House of Lords in England, to express an assent to a bill or motion.NWAD CONTENT.15

    CONTENT, n.

    1. Often in the plural, contents. That which is contained; the thing or things held, included or comprehended within a limit or line; as the contents of a cask or bale; of a room or a ship; the contents of a book or writing.NWAD CONTENT.17

    2. In geometry, the area or quantity of matter or space included in certain lines.NWAD CONTENT.18

    3. The power of containing; capacity; extent within limits; as a ship of great content.NWAD CONTENT.19

    [But in this sense the plural is generally used.]NWAD CONTENT.20

    CONTENTATION, n. Content; satisfaction.

    CONTENTED, pp. or a. Satisfied; quiet; easy in mind; not complaining, opposing or demanding more. The good man is contented with his lot. It is our duty to be contented with the dispensations of providence.

    CONTENTEDLY, adv. In a contented manner; quietly; without concern.

    CONTENTEDNESS, n. State of resting in mind; quiet; satisfaction of mind with any condition or event.

    CONTENTFUL, a. Full of contentment. [Not used.]

    CONTENTION, n. [L. See Contend.]

    1. Strife; struggle; a violent effort to obtain something, or to resist a person, claim or injury; contest; quarrel.NWAD CONTENTION.2

    Multitudes lost their lives in a tumult raised by contention among the partizans of the several colors.NWAD CONTENTION.3

    2. Strife in words or debate; quarrel; angry contest; controversy.NWAD CONTENTION.4

    Avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law. Titus 3:9.NWAD CONTENTION.5

    A fool’s lips enter into contention. Proverbs 18:6.NWAD CONTENTION.6

    3. Strife or endeavor to excel; emulation.NWAD CONTENTION.7

    4. Eagerness; zeal; ardor; vehemence of endeavor.NWAD CONTENTION.8

    This is an end worthy of our utmost contention to obtain.NWAD CONTENTION.9


    1. Apt to contend; given to angry debate; quarrelsome; perverse.NWAD CONTENTIOUS.2

    A continual dropping in a rainy day, and a contentious woman are alike. Proverbs 27:15.NWAD CONTENTIOUS.3

    2. Relating to contention in law; relating to litigation; having power to decide causes between contending parties; as a court of contentious jurisdiction.NWAD CONTENTIOUS.4

    3. Exciting or adapted to provoke contention or disputes; as a contentious subject.NWAD CONTENTIOUS.5

    CONTENTIOUSLY, adv. In a contentious manner; quarrelsomely; perversely.

    CONTENTIOUSNESS, n. A disposition to contend; proneness to contest; perverseness; quarrelsomeness.

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