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Face (verb active)

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To Face. v.a.

  1. To meet in front; to oppose with confidence and firmness.

                            I'll face
    This tempest, and deserve the name of king.
    Dryden.

    We get intelligence of the force of the enemy, and cast about for a sufficient number of troops to face the enemy in the field of battle. Addison on War.

    They are as loth to see the fires kindled in Smithfield as his lordship; and, at least, as ready to face them under a popish persecution. Swift.

  2. To oppose with impudence.

    We trapann'd the state, and fac'd it down
    With plots and projects of our own.
    Hudibras, p. iii. c. 2.

    Because he walk'd against his will,
    He fac'd men down that he stood still.
    Prior.

  3. To stand opposite to.

    On one side is the head of the emperor Trajan; the reverse has on it the circus Maximus, and a view of the side of the Palatine mountain that faces it. Addison on Italy.

    The temple is described to be square, and the four fronts with open gates, facing the different quarters of the world. Pope's Temple of Fame.

  4. To cover with an additional superficies; to invest with a covering.

    The whole fortification of Soleurre is faced with marble. Addison's Remarks on Italy.

    Where your old bank is hollow, face it with the first spit of earth that you dig out of the ditch. Mortimer's Husbandry.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Dryden, John (788) · Mortimer, John (62) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Face (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4075.


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