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A'djective. n.s. [adjectivum, Lat.]

A word added to a noun, to signify the addition or separation of some quality, circumstance, or manner of being; as, good, bad, are adjectives, because, in speech, they are applied to nouns, to modify their signification, or intimate the manner of existence in the things signified thereby. Clarke's Latin Gram.

All the versification of Claudian is included within the compass of four or five lines; perpetually closing his sense at the end of a verse, and that verse commonly which they call golden, or two substantives and two adjectives, with a verb betwixt them, to keep the peace. Dryd.

Sources: Clarke, John (7) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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