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Yea

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Yea. adv. [a, or ᵹa, Saxon; ja, Danish, German, and Dutch.] Yes. A particle of affirmation.

I am weary; yea, my memory is tir'd. Shakespeare.

A rascally, yea, forsooth, knave, to bear a gentleman in hand, and then stand upon security. Shakespeare.

From these Philippinæ are brought costly spices, yea, and gold too? Abbot's Description of the World.

Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree in the garden. Gen. iii. 1.

Let your conversation be yea, yea; nay, nay. Matth. v.

All the promises of God are yea, and amen; that is, are verified, which is the importance of yea, and confirmed, which is meant by amen, into an immutability. Hammond.

          They durst abide
Jehovah thund'ring out of Sion, thron'd
Between the cherubim; yea, often plac'd
Within his sanctuary itself their shrines.
Milton.

Why do disputes in wrangling spend the day?
Whilst one says only yea, and t'other nay.
Denham.

Notwithstanding this great proximity of man to himself; yea, and notwithstanding the observations made in all ages, we still remain ignorant of many things concerning ourselves. Hale.

Sources: Abbot, George (11) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Denham, John (75) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · The Bible - Matthew (21) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adverb (147) · Danish (9) · Dutch (90) · German (30) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Yea." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3058.


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