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New (adjective)

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New. adj. [newyd, Welsh; neow, Saxon; neuf, Fr.]

  1. Not old; fresh; lately produced, made or had; novel. It is used of things: as, young of persons.

    What's the newest grief? —
    — That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker;
    Each minute teems a new one.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    Do not all men complain how little we know, and how much is still unknown? And can we ever know more, unless something new be discovered? Burnet.

  2. Modern; of the present time.

    Whoever converses much among old books, will be something hard to please among new. Temple's Miscellanies.

  3. Not antiquated; having the effect of novelty.

    There names inscrib'd unnumber'd ages past
    From time's first birth, with time itself shall last;
    These ever new, nor subject to decays,
    Spread and grow brighter with the length of days.
    Pope.

  4. Not habituated; not familiar.

    Such assemblies, though had for religion's sake, may serve the turn of heretics, and such as privily will instil their poison into new minds. Hooker, b. v.

    Seiz'd with wonder and delight,
    Gaz'd all around me, new to the transporting sight.
    Dryd.

    Twelve mules, a strong laborious race,
    New to the plough, unpractis'd in the trace.
    Pope.

  5. Renovated; repaired, so as to recover the first state.

    Men after long emaciating diets, wax plump, fat, and almost new. Bacon's Natural History.

  6. Fresh after any thing.

    Nor dare we trust so soft a messenger,
    New from her sickness to that northern air.
    Dryden.

  7. Not of ancient extraction.

    A superior capacity for business, and a more extensive knowledge, are steps by which a new man often mounts to favour, and outshines the rest of his contemporaries. Addis.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Burnet, Thomas (45) · Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Temple, William (54)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Saxon (215) · Welsh (Welch) (27)

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