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Address (noun)

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Addre'ss. n.s. [addresse, Fr.]

  1. Verbal application to any one, by way of persuasion; petition.

    Henry, in knots involving Emma's name,
    Had half-confess'd and half conceal’d his flame
    Upon this tree; and as the tender mark
    Grew with the year, and widen’d with the bark,
    Venus had heard the virgin's soft address,
    That, as the wound, the passion might encrease.
    Prior.

    Most of the persons, to whom these addresses are made, are not wise and skilful judges, but are influenced by their own sinful appetites and passions. Watts's Improvement of the Mind.

  2. Courtship.

    They both behold thee with their sisters eyes,
    And often have reveal'd their passions to me:
    But, tell me, whose address thou favour'st most;
    I long to know, and yet I dread to hear it.
    Addison's Cato.

    About three years since, a gentleman, whom, I am sure, you yourself would have approved, made his addresses to me. Addison. Spectator, № 163.

  3. Manner of addressing another; as, we say, a man of an happy or a pleasing address; a man of an awkward address.

  4. Skill, dexterity.

    I could produce innumerable instances from my own memory and observation, of events imputed to the profound skill and address of a minister, which, in reality, were either mere effects of negligence, weakness, humour, passion, or pride, or, at best, but the natural course of things left to themselves. Swift's Thoughts on the present Posture of Affairs.

  5. Manner of directing a letter; a sense chiefly mercantile.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spectator (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Address (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 21, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13443.


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