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Belluine

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Be'lluine. adj. [belluinus, Lat.] Beastly; belonging to a beast; savage; brutal.

If human actions were not to be judged, men would have no advantage over beasts. At this rate, the animal and belluine life would be the best. Atterbury's Preface to his Sermons.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Belluine." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=10139.


  1. John Trapp in his Commentary on the Bible on Esther 10:2 writes, “And the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai] Heb. The exposition. Many make large commentaries upon their own greatness, which a right exposition would show to be rather BELLUINE THAN GENUINE. Great men are not always wise, saith Elihu, #Job 32:9. But Mordecai was a great wise man, every way accomplished, one of God’s Rabbis, as Daniel calls them, fit to serve any prince in the world. “There is a spirit in man,” a rational soul in an ordinary man; but “the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding,” #Job 32:8″.

  2. Pastor A G Randalls on May 7th, 2014 at 2:39 am

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