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Boast (noun)

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Boast. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. A cause of boasting; an occasion of pride; the thing boasted.

    Not Tryo, nor Mycene, match her name,
    Nor great Alcmena, the proud boasts of fame.
    Pope's Odyss.

  2. An expression of ostentation; a proud speech.

    Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonoureth thou not God? Rom. ii. 23.

    The world is more apt to find fault than to commend; the boast will probably be censured, when the great action that occasioned it, is forgotten. Spectator, № 225.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Pope, Alexander (393) · The Bible - Romans (11) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Boast (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=17793.


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