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Adverti'sement, or Adve'rtisement. n.s. [advertissement, Fr.]

  1. Instruction; admonition.

    — 'Tis all men's office to speak patience
    To those, that wring under the load of sorrow;
    But no man's virtue nor sufficiency,
    To be so moral, when he shall endure
    The like himself: therefore give me no counsel;
    My griefs are louder than advertisement.
    Shakespeare's Much ado about Nothing.

  2. Intelligence; information.

    Then, as a cunning prince that useth spies,
    If they return no news, doth nothing know;
    But if they make advertisement of lies,
    The prince's counsel all awry do go.
    Sir John Davies.

    He had received advertisement, that the party, which was sent for his relief from London, had received some brush in Somersetshire, which would much retard their march. Clarendon.

    The drum and trumpet, by their several sounds, serve for many kinds of advertisements, in military affairs: the bells serve to proclaim a scare-fire; and, in some places, water-breaches; the departure of a man, woman, or child; time of divine service; the hour of the day; day of the month. Holder.

  3. Notice of any thing published in a paper of intelligence.

Sources: Clarendon, Edward (73) · Davies, John (45) · Holder, William (38) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23)

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

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