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Rule (verb neuter)

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To Rule v.n. To have power or command.

Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints. Hosea xi. 12.

Thrice happy men! whom God hath thus advanc'd!
Created in his image, there to dwell,
And worship him; and in reward to rule
Over his works.
Milton's Paradise Lost. b. vii.

We subdue and rule over all other creatures; and use for our own behoof those qualities wherein they excel. Ray.

He can have no divine right to my obedience, who cannot shew his divine right to the power of ruling over me. Locke.

Sources: The Bible - Hosea (3) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Ray, John (59)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rule (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 7, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8808.


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