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King (verb)

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To King. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To supply with a king.

            England is so idly king'd,
    Her sceptre so fantastically borne,
    By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,
    That fear attends her not.
    Shakespeare's Henry V.

  2. To make royal; to raise to royalty.

            Sometimes am I a king;
    Then treason makes me wish myself a beggar,
    And so I am: then crushing penury
    Persuades me, I was better when a king;
    Then am I king'd again.
    Shakespeare's Richard II.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "King (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 22, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8774.


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