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Actress

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A'ctress. n.s. [actrice, Fr.]

  1. She that performs any thing.

    Virgil has, indeed, admitted Fame as an actress in the Æneid; but the part she acts is very short, and none of the most admired circumstances of that divine work. Addis. Spect.

  2. A woman that plays on the stage.

                We sprights have just such natures,
    We had, for all the world, when human creatures;
    And therefore I that was an actress here,
    Play all my tricks in hell, a goblin there.
    Dryd. Tyr. Love.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Actress." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 29, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13345.


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