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To CHA’RACTER. v.a. [from the noun.] To inscribe; to en-
These few precepts in thy memory
See thou character. Shakesp. Hamlet.
Shew me one scar character’d on thy skin. Shakesp. H. VI.
O Rosalind! these trees shall be my books,
And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character.
Shakesp. As you like it.

To CHAFFER. v.n.


To CHA’FFER. v.n. [kauffen, Germ. to buy.] To treat about
a bargain; to haggle; to bargain.
Nor rode himself to Paul’s, the publick fair,
To chaffer for preferments with his gold,
Where bishopricks and sinecures are sold. Dryden’s Fables.
The chaffering with dissenters, and dodging about this or
t’other ceremony, is but like opening a few wickets, and leav-
ing them a-jar. Swift.
In disputes with chairmen, when your master sends you to
chaffer with them, take pity, and tell your master they will
not take a farthing less. Swift.



[on cheerfulness and good nature–lexiblogger’s gloss]
They keep out melancholy f[ro]m
ye virtuous mind, & hinder ye
hatred of vice f[ro]m souring into
severity & censorious[nes]s. Addis[on].



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.