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A'fternoon. n.s. [from after and noon.] The time from the meridian to the evening.

A beauty-waining and distressed widow,
Ev'n in the afternoon of her best days,
Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye.
Shakespeare's Richard III.

However, keep the lively taste you hold
Of God; love him now, but fear him more;
And, in your afternoons, think what you told
And promis'd him at morning-prayer before.

Such, all the morning, to the pleadings run;
But when the bus'ness of the day is done,
On dice, and drink, and drabs, they spend the afternoon.
Dryden's Persius, Sat. 1.

Sources: Donne, John (44) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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