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Ere'ction. n.s. [from erect.]

  1. The act of raising, or state of being raised upward.

    We are to consider only the erection of the hills above the ordinary land. Brerewood on Languages.

  2. The act of building or raising edifices.

    The first thing which moveth them thus to cast up their poison, are certain solemnities usual at the first erection of churches. Hooker, b. v. s. 12.

    Pillars were set up above one thousand four hundred and twenty-six years before the flood, counting Seth to be an hundred years old at the erection of them. Raleigh's History.

  3. Establishment; settlement.

    It must needs have a peculiar influence upon the erection, countinuance, and dissolution of every society. South's Serm.

  4. Elevation; exaltation of sentiments.

    Her peerless height my mind to high erection draws up. Sidn.

Sources: Brerewood, Edward (4) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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