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Rant (noun)

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Rant. n.s. [from the verb.] High sounding language unsupported by dignity of thought.

Dryden himself, to please a frantick age,
Was forc'd to let his judgment stoop to rage,
To a wild audience he conform'd his voice,
Comply'd to custom, but not err'd through choice;
Deem then the people's, not the writer's sin,
Almansor's rage, and rants of Maximin.
Granville.

This is a stoical rant, without any foundation in the nature of man or reason of things. Atterbury's Preface.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Granville, George (23)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rant (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 16, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4326.


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