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Exist

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To Exi'st. v.n. [existo, Latin.] To be; to have a being.

It is as easy to conceive that an infinite Almighty Power might produce a thing out of nothing, and make that to exist de novo, which did not exist before; as to conceive the world to have had no beginning, but to have existed from eternity. South's Sermons.

It seems reasonable to enquire, how such a multitude comes to make but one idea, since that combination does not always exist together in nature. Locke.

One year is past; a different scene!
No farther mention of the dean:
Who now, alas, no more is mist
Than if he never did exist.
Swift.

Sources: Locke, John (269) · South, Robert (158) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Neuter (131)

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