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Admirable

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A'dmirable. adj. [admirabilis, Lat.] To be admired; worthy of admiration; of power to excite wonder; always taken in a good sense, and applied either to persons or things.

The more power he hath to hurt, the more admirable is his praise, that he will not hurt. Sidney, b. ii.

God was with them in all their afflictions, and, at length, by working their admirable deliverance, did testify that they served him not in vain. Hooker, b. iv. § 2.

What admirable things occur in the remains of several other philosophers? Short, I confess, of the rules of christianity, but generally above the lives of christians. South's Sermons.

                        You can at most
To an indiff'rent lover's praise pretend:
But you would spoil an admirable friend.
Dryd. Aurengz.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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