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Ought (noun)

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Ought. n.s. [awhit, that is, a whit, Saxon. This word is therefore more properly written aught. See Aught.] Any thing; not nothing.

For ought that I can understand, there is no part but the bare English pale, in which the Irish have not the greatest footing. Spenser on Ireland.

He asked him if he saw ought. Mark viii. 23.

To do ought good never will be our task;
But ever to do ill our sole delight.
Milton's Par. Lost.

Universal Lord! be bounteous still
To give us only good; and if the night
Have gather'd ought of evil, or conceal'd,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.
Milton.

Sources: The Bible - Mark (11) · Milton, John (449) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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