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Blast (verb)

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To Blast. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To strike with some sudden plague or calamity.

    You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
    Into her scornful eyes! infect her beauty,
    You fensuck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful sun,
    To fall and blast her pride.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

    Oh! Portius, is there not some chosen curse,
    Some hidden thunder in the store of heaven,
    Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man,
    Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin.
    Addison. Cato.

  2. To make to wither.

    Upon this blasted heath you stop our way. Macbeth.

    And behold seven thin ears, and blasted with the eastwind sprung up after them. Gen. xli. 6.

    She that like lightning shin'd, while her face lasted,
    The oak now resembles, which lightning had blasted.
    Waller.

    To his green years your censures you would suit,
    Not blast that blossom, but expect the fruit.
    Dryden.

                Agony unmix'd, incessant gall
    Corroding every thought, and blasting all
    Love's paradise.
    Thomson's Spring, l. 1075.

  3. To injure; to invalidate.

    He shews himself either very weak, if he will take my word, when he thinks I deserve no credit; or very malicious, if he knows I deserve credit, and yet goes about to blast it. Stillingfleet's Defence of Discourses on Romish Idolatry.

  4. To cut off; to hinder from coming to maturity.

    This commerce, Jeshophat king of Juda endeavoured to renew; but his enterprize was blasted by the destruction of vessels in the harbour. Arbuthnot on Coins.

  5. To confound; to strike with terrour.

                            Trumpeters,
    With brazen din, blast you the city's ears;
    Make mingle with your ratt'ling tabourines.
    Shakesp. Antony and Cleopatra.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Stillingfleet, Edward (38) · Thomson, James (73) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Blast (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 18, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19928.


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