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Paint (noun)

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Paint. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Colours representative of any thing.

                            Poets are limners
    To copy out ideas in the mind,
    Words are the paint by which their thoughts are shown,
    And nature is their object to be drawn.
    Granville.

    The church of the annunciation looks beautiful in the inside, all but one corner of it being covered with statues, gilding, and paint. Addison on Italy.

                Her charms in breathing paint engage,
    Her modest cheek shall warm a future age.
    Pope.

  2. Colours laid on the face.

    Together lay her pray'r book and her paint. Anon.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Granville, George (23) · Montagu, Charles (Earl of Halifax) (2) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Paint (noun)." 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=4084.


  1. The anonymous quote seems to be a paraphrase from the poem “On the Countess Dowager of ————” by Charles Montagu, the 1st Earl of Halifax. Halifax’s original lines (which appear in a volume of The Works of the English Poets – a series edited by Johnson) are:

    “And, all in order, on her toilet lay
    Prayer-books, patch-boxes, sermon notes, and paint
    At once t’ improve the sinner and the saint.”

    The lines as Johnson quotes them are also quoted in a reader’s letter in The Spectator, #79, where they are attributed to “a witty author.”

  2. Brandi on May 12th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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