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Intestine (adjective)

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Intéstine. adj. [intestin, Fr. intestinus, Latin.]

  1. Internal; inward; not external.

    Of these inward and intestine enemies to prayer, there are our past sins to wounds us, our present cares to distract us, our distempered passions to disorder us, and a whole swarm of loose and floating imaginations to molest us. Duppa.

    Intestine war no more our passions wage,
    Ev'n giddy factions hear away their rage.
    Pope.

  2. Contained in the body.

    Intestine stone, and ulcer, cholick pangs,
    And moon-struck madness.
    Milton's Par. Lost, b. xi.

    A wooden jack, which had almost
    Lost, by disuse, the art to roast,
    A sudden alteration feels,
    Increas'd by new intestine wheels.
    Swift's Miscel.

  3. Domestick, not foreign. I know not whether the word be properly used in the following example of Shakespeare: perhaps for mortal and intestine should be read mortal internecine.

    Since the mortal and intestine jars
    'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
    It hath in solemn synods been decreed,
    T' admit no traffick to our adverse towns.
    Shakespeare.

    But God, or Nature, while they thus contend,
    To these intestine discords put an end.
    Dryden's Ovid.

    She saw her sons with purple deaths expire,
    A dreadful series of intestine wars,
    Inglorious triumphs, and dishonest scars.
    Pope.

Sources: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Dryden, John (788) · Duppa, Brian (6) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Intestine (adjective)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=14793.


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