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Oscitancy

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Oscítancy. n.s. [oscitantia, Lat.]

  1. The act of yawning.

  2. Unusual sleepiness; carelessness.

    If persons of so circumspect a piety, have been thus overtaken, what security can there be for our wreckless oscitancy? Government of the Tongue.

    It might proceed from the obscitancy of transcribers, who, to dispatch their work the sooner, used to write all numbers in cyphers. Addison's Spectator, № 470.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Spectator (140)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Oscitancy." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5958.


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