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Dialéct. n.s. [διάλεκτος.]

  1. The subdivision of a language; as the Attic, Doric, Ionic, Æolic dialects.

  2. Stile; manner of expression.

    When themselves do practise that whereof they write, they change in their dialect; and those words they shun, as if there were in them some secret sting. Hooker, b. v. s. 22.

  3. Language; speech.

                            In her youth
    There is a prone and speechless dialect,
    Such as moves men.
    Shakesp. Measure for Measure.

    If the conferring of a kindness did not bind the person, upon whom it was conferred, to the returns of gratitude, why, in the universal dialect of the world, are kindnesses still called obligations? South's Sermons.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (39) · South, Robert (158)

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