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Knowledge (noun)

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Kno'wledge. n.s. [from know.]

  1. Certain perception; indubitable apprehension.

    Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions. Locke.

  2. Learning; illumination of the mind.

    Ignorance is the curse of God,
    Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heav'n.
    Shakesp.

  3. Skill in any thing.

    Do but say to me what I should do,
    That in your knowledge may by me be done,
    And I am prest unto it.
    Shak. Merchant of Venice.

  4. Acquaintance with any fact or person.

    The dog straight fawned upon his master for old knowledge. Sidney.

                That is not forgot;
    Which ne'er I did remember; to my knowledge
    I never in my life did look on him.
    Shakesp. Rich. II.

  5. Cognisance; notice.

    Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? Ruth ii. 10.

    A state's anger should not take
    Knowledge either of fools or women.
    Ben. Johnson's Catil.

  6. Information; power of knowing.

    I pulled off my headpiece, and humbly entreated her pardon, or knowledge why she was cruel. Sidney.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40) · The Bible - Ruth (2) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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