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Jade (verb active)

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

  1. To tire; to harass; to dispirit; to weary.

    With his banners, and his well-paid ranks,
    The ne'er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia
    We've jaded out o' th' field.
    Shakesp. Ant. and Cleopatra.

    It is good in discourse to vary and intermingle speech of the present occasion with arguments; for it is a dull thing to tire and jade any thing too far. Bacon's Essays.

    If fleet dragon's progeny at last
    Proves jaded, and in frequent matches cast,
    No favour for the stallion we retain,
    And no respect for the degen'rate strain.
    Dryden's Juven.

    The mind once jaded, by an attempt above its power, is very hardly brought to exert its force again. Locke.

    There are seasons when the brain is overtired or jaded with study or thinking; or upon some other accounts animal nature may be languid or cloudy, and unfit to assist the spirit in meditation. Watt's Logick.

  2. To overbear; to crush; to degrade; to harass, as a horse that is ridden too hard.

                    If we live thus tamely,
    To be thus jaded by a piece of scarlet,
    Farewel nobility.
    Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

  3. To employ in vile offices.

                  The honourable blood
    Must not be shed by such a jaded groom.
    Shakes. Hen. VI.

  4. To ride; to rule with tyranny.

    I do not now fool myself, to let imagination jade me; for every reason excites to this. Shakesp. Twelfth Night.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Bacon, Francis (393) · Dryden, John (782) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Locke, John (266) · Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (36) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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