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First-born

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First-born. n.s. [first and born.] Eldest; the first by the order of nativity.

Last, with one midnight stroke, all the first-born
Of Egypt must lie dead.
Milton's Paradise Lost, b. xii.

Hail, holy light, offspring of heav'n first-born! Milton.

The first-born has not a sole or peculiar right, by any law of God and nature; the younger children having an equal title with him. Locke.

Sources: Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "First-born." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: September 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=21839.


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