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Ghost (noun)

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Ghost. n.s. [ʒast, Saxon.]

  1. The soul of man.

    Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass! He hates him,
    That would upon the rack of this rough world
    Stretch him out longer.
    Shakespeare's King Lear.

                    Often did I strive
    To yield the ghost; but still the envious flood
    Kept in my soul.
    Shak. R. III.

    Man, when once cut down, when his pale ghost
    Fleets into air, is for ever lost.
    Sandys's Paraphrase.

  2. A spirit appearing after death.

    The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose,
    And armed Edwards look'd with anxious eyes,
    To see this fleet among unequal foes,
    By which fate promis'd them their Charles should rise.
    Dryd.

  3. To give up the Ghost. To die; to yield up the spirit into the hands of God.

            Their shadows seem
    A canopy most fatal, under which
    Our army lies ready to give up the ghost.
    Shakesp. Jul. Cæs.

  4. The third person in the adorable Trinity, called the Holy Ghost.

Sources: Dryden, John (686) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (41) · Shakespeare's King Lear (129) · Shakespeare's Richard III (58) · Sandys, George (22)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ghost (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 1, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6712.


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