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Bluster (noun)

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Blu'ster. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Roar; noise, tumult.

                            The skies look grimly,
    And threaten present blusters.
    Shakesp. Twelfth Night.

                                To the winds they set
    Their corners; when with bluster to confound
    Sea, air, and shore.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 665.

    So, by the brazen bluster,
    Troops of all tongues and nations muster.
    Swift.

  2. Boast; boisterousness; turbulence; fury.

    Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin,
    Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall
    With those that have offended.
    Shakesp. Timon.

    A coward makes a great deal more bluster than a man of honour. L'Estrange.

Sources: L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32) · Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (36)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Bluster (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 13, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=17761.


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