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You. pron. [oƿ, ıuh, Saxon; the accusative of ᵹ, y.]

  1. The oblique case of ye.

    Ye have heard of the disponsation of the grace of God, which is given me to you ward. Eph. iii. 2.

            I thought to show you
    How easy 'twas to die, by my example,
    And hansel fate before you.
    Dryden's Cleomenes.

  2. It is used in the nominative; and though first introduced by corruption, is now established.

    You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
    Into her scornful eyes.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

  3. It is the ceremonial word for the second person singular, and is always used, except in solemn language.

    Madam, the fates withstand, and you
    Are destin'd Hymen's willing victim too.
    Pope.

  4. It is used indefinitively, as the French on.

    We passed by what was one of those rivers of burning matter: this looks, at a distance, like a new-plowed land; but as you come near it, you see nothing but a long heap of heavy disjointed clods. Addison on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ephesians (3) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Pronoun (5) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "You." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=12474.


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