A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:

Debtor

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 544

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 544

De'btor. n.s. [debitor, Latin.]

  1. He that owes something to another.

    I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians, both to the wise and to the unwise. Ro. i. 14.

    The case of debtors in Rome, for the first four centuries, was, after the set time for payment, no choice but either to pay, or be the creditor's slave. Swift.

  2. One that owes money.

    I'll bring your latter hazard back again,
    And thankfully rest debtor for the first.
    Shak. Merch. of Ven.

                                If he has his ample palm
    Should hap'ly on ill-fated shoulder lay
    Of debtor, strait his body, to the touch
    Obsequious, as whilom knights were wont,
    To some enchanted castle is convey'd.
    Philips.

    There dy'd my father, no man's debtor;
    And there I'll die, nor worse, nor better.
    Pope's Horace.

  3. One side of an account-book.

    When I look upon the debtor side, I find such innumerable articles, that I want arithmetick to cast them up; but when I look upon the creditor side, I find little more than blank paper. Addison's Spectator, №. 549.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Philips, John (42) · Pope, Alexander (393) · The Bible - Romans (11) · Spectator (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Discuss this entry in the forums.

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Debtor." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=14428.


Leave a Reply


Disclaimer:
johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.