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Erect (adjective)

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Ere'ct. adj. [erectus, Latin.]

  1. Upright; not leaning; not prone.

    Birds, far from proneness, are almost erect; advancing the head and breast in progression, only prone in volitation. Brown.

    Basil tells us, that the serpent went erect like man. Brown.

  2. Directed upwards.

                            Vain were vows,
    And plaints, and suppliant hands, to heav'n erect.

  3. Bold; confident; unshaken.

    Let no vain fear thy gen'rous ardour tame;
    But stand erect, and sound as loud as fame.

  4. Vigorous; not depressed.

    That vigilant and erect attention of mind, which in prayer is very necessary, is wasted or dulled. Hooker, b. v. s. 33.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Granville, George (23) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Philips, John (42)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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