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Habitation

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Habitátion. n.s. [habitation, French; habitatio, Latin.]

  1. The act of dwelling; the state of a place receiving dwellers.

            Amplitude almost immense, with stars
    Numerous, and ev'ry star perhaps a world
    Of destin'd habitation.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. vii.

                                Palaces,
    For want of habitation and repair,
    Dissolve to heaps of ruins.
    Denham's Sophy.

    Rocks and mountains, which in the first ages were high and craggy, and consequently then inconvenient for habitation, were by continual deterration brought to a lower pitch. Woodward's Natural History.

  2. Place of abode; dwelling.

    Wisdom, to the end she might save many, built her house of that nature which is common unto all; she made not this or that man her habitation, but dwelt in us. Hooker, b. v.

                        God oft descends to visit men
    Unseen, and through their habitations walks
    To mark their doings.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. xii.

Sources: Denham, John (75) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · Woodward, John (78)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Habitation." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 11, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4045.


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