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Irregular

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Irrégular. adj. [irregulier, Fr. irregularis, Latin.]

  1. Deviating from rule, custom, or nature.

            The am'rous youth
    Obtain'd of Venus his desire,
    Howe'er irregular his fire.
    Prior.

  2. Immethodical; not confined to any certain rule or order.

    This motion seems excentrique and irregular, yet not well to be resisted or quieted. King Charles.

                Regular
    Then most, when most irregular they seem.
    Milton.

    The numbers of pindariques are wild and irregular, and sometimes seem harsh and uncouth. Cowley.

  3. Not being according to the laws of virtue. A soft word for vitious.

Sources: Charles I (27) · Cowley, Abraham (19) · Milton, John (449) · Prior, Matthew (162)

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