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Ache (noun)

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Ache. n.s. [ac, Sax. ἄχος, Gr. now generally written ake, and in the plural akes, of one syllable; the primitive manner being preserved chiefly in poetry, for the sake of the measure.] A continued pain. See Ake.

            I'll rack thee with old cramps;
Fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar,
That beasts shall tremble at thy din.
Shakespeare's Tempest.

A coming show'r your shooting corns presage,
Old aches throb, your hollow tooth will urge.
Swift's Misc.

Sources: Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ache (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2679.


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