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Weal (1)

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Weal. n.s. [welan, Saxon; wealust, Dutch.]

  1. Happiness; prosperity; flourishing state.

                    Our weal on you depending,
    Counts it your weal, that he have liberty.
    Shakespeare.

    As we love the weal of our souls and bodies, let us so behave ourselves as we may be at peace with God. Bacon.

                    Thine, and of all thy sons,
    The weal or woe in thee is plac'd; beware!
    Milton.

    Ireland ought to be considered, not only in its own interest, but likewise in relation to England, upon whose weal in the main, that of this kingdom depends. Temple.

  2. Republick, state, publick interest.

                Blood hath been shed
    Ere human statute purg'd the gen'ral weal.
    Shakespeare.

    How shall the muse, from such a monarch steal
    An hour, and not defraud the publick weal.
    Pope.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Temple, William (54)

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