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Abu'ndance. n.s. [abondance, Fr.]

  1. Plenty; a sense chiefly poetical.

    At the whisper of thy word,
    Crown'd abundance spreads my board.

    The doubled charge his subjects love supplies,
    Who, in that bounty, to themselves are kind;
    So glad Egyptians see their Nilus rise,
    And, in his plenty, their abundance find.
    Dyrd. Ann. Mir.

  2. Great numbers.

    The river Inn, during its course through the Tyrol, is generally shut up between a double range of mountains, that are most of them covered with woods of fir-trees. Abundance of peasants are employed in hewing down of the largest of these trees, that, after they are barked and cut into shape, are tumbled down. Addison on Italy.

  3. A great quantity.

    Their chief enterprize was the recovery of the Holy land; in which worthy, but extremely difficult, action, it is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with very small benefit unto the Christian state. Sir Walter Raleigh's Essays.

  4. Exuberance, more than enough.

    For well I wot, most might sovereign,
    That all this famous antique history,
    Of some, th' abundance of an idle brain
    Will judged be, and painted forgery.
    Spens. Fairy Q. b. ii.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Crashaw, Richard (5) · Dryden, John (788) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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