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The WORDS are deduced from their ORIGINALS, Explained in their DIFFERENT MEANING S,
A N D
Authorized by the N A MES of the WRITERS
in whose Works they are found.
Abftracted from the FoL10 EDITION,
By the AUTHOR
To which is prefixed,
A GRAMMAR of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
In TWO VOLUMES.
The FIFTH EDITION, corrected.
LONDON Printed for W. STRABAN; J. and F. RIVINGTON; J. HINTON; T. DAVIES; Hawes, CLARKE, and Collins; R. HorseField; W.JOHNSTON; W. OWEN; T. Lowndes; T. CASLON; S. CROWDER; T. LONGMAN; B. LAW; BECKETT, and De HondT; E. and C. Dilly; J. DODSLEY; W. NICOLL; W. GRIFFIN; G. ROBINSON; T. CA: DELL; J. KNOX; ALMON ; W. GOLDSMITH; J. and J. RIDLEY.
P R E F A C E.
VING been long employed in the study and culti
vation of the English language, I lately published a dictionary like those compiled by the academies of Italy and France, for the use of such as aspire to exactn is of criticism, or elegance of style.
But it has been since considered that works of that kind are by no means necessary to the greater number of readers, who, seldom intending to write or presuming 10 judge, turn over books only to amuse their leisure, and to gain degrees of knowledge suitable to lower characters, or necessary to the common business of life: these know not any other use of a dictionary than that of adjusting orthography, and explaining terms of science or words of infrequent occurfence, or remote derivation.
For these purposes many dictionaries have been written by different, authors, and with different degrees of skill; buc none of them have yet fallen into my hands by which even the lowest expectations could be satisfied. Some of their authors wanted industry, and others literature : fome knew not their own defects, and others were too idle to supply them.
For this reason a small dictionary appeared yet to be want. ing to common readers ; and, as I may without arrogance claim to myself a longer acquaintance with the lexicography of our language than any other writer has had, I shall hope to be considered as having more experience at least than most of my predecessors, and as more likely to accommodate the nation with a vocabulary of daily use. I therefore offer to the public an abstract or epitome of my former work.