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Beyo'nd. prep. [bᵹonꝺ, bᵹonꝺan, Saxon.]

  1. Before; at a distance not yet reached.

    What's fame? a fancy'd life in others breath,
    A thing beyond us, ev'n before our death
    Just what you hear, you have.
    Pope's Essay on Man.

  2. On the farther side of.

    Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldst say, who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us. Deut. xxx. 13.

    Now we are on land, we are but between death and life; for we are beyond the old world and the new. Bacon's New Atlantis.

    We cannot think men beyond sea will part with their money for nothing. Locke.

  3. Farther onward than.

    He that sees a dark and shady grove,
    Stays not, but looks beyond it on the sky.

  4. Past; out of the reach of.

    Beyond the infinite and boundless reach
    Of mercy, if thou did'st this deed of death,
    Art thou damn'd, Hubert.
    Shakesp. King John.

                        Yet these declare
    Thy goodness beyond thought, and pow'r divine.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. v. l. 158.

    The just, wise, and good God, neither does, nor can require of man any thing that is impossible, or naturally beyond his power to do. South.

    Consider the situation of our earth; it is placed so conveniently, that plants flourish, and animals live; this is matter of fact, and beyond all dispute. Bentley's Sermons.

  5. Above; exceeding to a greater degree than.

    Timotheus was a man both in power, riches, parentage, goodness, and love of his people, beyond any of the great men of my country. Sidney.

    One thing, in this enormous accident, is, I must confess, to me beyond all wonder. Wotton.

    To his expences, beyond his income, add debauchery, idleness, and quarrels amongst his servants, whereby his manufactures are disturbed, and his business neglected. Locke.

    As far as they carry conviction to any man's understanding, my labour may be of use: beyond the evidence it carries with it, I advise him not to follow any man's interpretation. Locke.

  6. Above in excellence.

    His satires are incomparably beyond Juvenal's; if to laugh and rally, is to be preferred to railing and declaiming. Dryden.

  7. Remote from; not within the sphere of.

    With equal mind, what happens, let us bear;
    Nor joy, nor grieve too much for things beyond our care.
    Dryden's Fables.

  8. To go beyond, is to deceive; to circumvent.

    She made earnest benefit of his jest, forcing him to do her such services, as were both cumbersome and costly; while he still thought he went beyond her, because his heart did not commit the idolatry. Sidney.

    That no man go beyond, and defraud his brother in any matter. 1 Thess. iv. 6.

Sources: The Bible - 1. Thessalonians (2) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Bentley, Richard (57) · The Bible - Deuteronomy (21) · Dryden, John (788) · Herbert, George (10) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158) · Wotton, Henry (48)

Attributes: Preposition (8) · Saxon (215)

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