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Yet (adverb)

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Yet. adv.

  1. Beside; over and above.

    This furnishes us with yet one more reason, why our Saviour lays such a particular stress on acts of mercy. Atterbury.

  2. Still; the state still remaining the same.

    They attest facts they had heard while they were yet heathens; and had they not found reason to believe them, they would still have continued heathens, and made no mention of them in their writings. Addison.

  3. Once again.

    Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light,
    Indulge, dread chaos and eternal night.
    Pope's Dunciad.

  4. At this time; so soon; hitherto: with a negative before it.

    Thales being asked when a man should marry, said, young men not yet; old men, not at all. Bacon.

  5. At least; at all. Noting uncertainty or indetermination.

    A man that would form a comparison betwixt Quintilian's declamations, if yet they be Quintilian's, and the orations of Tully, would be in danger of forfeiting his discretion. Baker.

  6. It notes increase or extension of the sense of the words to which it is joined.

    Shake not his hour-glass, when his hasty sand
    Is ebbing to the last:
    A little longer, yet a little longer,
    And nature drops him down without your sin,
    Like mellow fruit without a winter storm.
    Dryden.

    Yet a few days, and those which now appear
    In youth and beauty like the blooming year,
    In life's swift scene shall change.
    Dryden.

  7. Still; in a new degree.

    He that takes from a thief, that which the thief took from an honest man, and keeps it to himself, is the wickeder thief of the two, by how much the rapine is made yet blacker by the pretence of piety and justice. L'Estrange.

  8. Even; after all. A kind of emphatical addition to a negative.

    If any man neglect his duty, his fault must not be ascribed to the rule appointed, neither yet to the whole church. Whitg.

    Men may not too rashly believe the confessions of witches, nor yet the evidence against them; for the witches themselves are imaginative, and people are credulous, and ready to impute accidents and natural operations to witchcraft. Bacon.

    Nor yet amidst this joy and brightest morn
    Was absent, after all his mischief done,
    The prince of darkness.
    Milton's Paradise Regain'd.

  9. Hitherto.

    Hope beginning here, with a trembling expectation of things far removed, and as yet but only heard of, endeth with real and actual fruition of that which no tongue can express. Hook.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Baker, Thomas (10) · Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Whitgift, John (6)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Yet (adverb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5789.


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