Archive for January, 2009



CAVILLA’TION. n.s. [from cavil.] The disposition to make
captious objection; the practice of objecting.
I might add so much concerning the large odds between the
case of the eldest churches, in regard of heathens, and ours, in
respect of the church of Rome, that very cavillation itself should
be satisfied. Hooker, b. iv. § 7.

To CABA’L. v.n.


To CABA’L. v.n. [cabaler, Fr.] To form close intrigues; to
intrigue; to unite in small parties.
His mournful friends, summon’d to take their leaves,
Are throng’d about his couch, and sit in council:
What those caballing captains may design,
I must prevent, by being first in action. Dryden’s D. Sebast.


BY-COFFEEHOUSE. n.s. A coffeehouse in an obscure place.
I afterwards entered a by-coffeehouse, that stood at the upper
end of a narrow lane, where I met with a nonjuror.
Addison. Spectator, No 403.

To BRUIT. v.a.

To BRUIT. v.a. [from the noun.] To report; to noise abroad;
to rumour. Neither the verb nor the noun are now much
in use.
[For fear yt we like rogues
shd be reputed
and for ear-marked
beasts be bruited.
His death,
being bruited once, took fire and heat away
From the best temper’d courage in his troops. Shak. Hen V.
It was bruited, that I meant nothing less than to go to Gui-
ana. Raleigh’s Essays.

To BRO’WBEAT. v.a.


To BRO’WBEAT. v.a. [from brow and beat.] To depress with
severe brows, and stern or lofty looks.
It is not for a magistrate to frown upon, and browbeat those
who are hearty and exact in their ministry; and, with a grave,
insignificant nod, to call a resolved zeal, want of prudence.
What man will voluntarily expose himself to the imperious
browbeatings and scorns of great men? L’Estrange.
Count Tariff endeavoured to browbeat the plaintiff, while he
was speaking; but though he was not so imprudent as the
count, he was every whit as sturdy. Addison.
I will not be browbeaten by the supercilious looks of my ad-
versaries, who now stand cheek by jowl by your worship.
Arbuthnot and Pope’s Mart. Scriblerus.



BRE’AKPROMISE. n.s. [from break and promise.] One that
makes a practice of breaking his promise.
[^If you break one jot of your promise,] I will think you the most atheistical
breakpromise, and the most hollow lover. Shakesp. As you like it.

To BO’RDRAGE. v.n.


To BO’RDRAGE. v.n. [from border.] To plunder the borders.
Long time in peace his realm established,
Yet oft annoyed with sundry bordragings,
Of neighbour Scots and foreign scatterlings. Fairy Q. b. ii.