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Abortion

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Abo'rtion. n.s. [abortio, Lat.]

  1. The act of bringing forth untimely.
  2. The produce of an untimely birth.

    His wife miscarried; but as the abortion proved only a female fœtus, he comforted himself, that, had it arrived to perfection, it would not have answered his account. Arbuthnot and Pope's Martinus Scriblerus.

    Behold my arm thus blasted, dry and wither'd,
    Shrunk like a foul abortion, and decay'd,
    Like some untimely product of the seasons,
    Robb'd of its properties of strength and office.
    Rowe's Jane Shore.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Rowe, Nicholas (21)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abortion." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=704.


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