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Face (verb neuter)

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To Face. v.n. [from the noun.]

  1. To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite.

            Thou needs must learn to laugh, to lye,
    To face, to forge, to scoff, to company.
    Hubberd's Tale.

  2. To turn the face; to come in front.

    Face about, man; you a soldier, and afraid of the enemy! Dryden's Spanish Fryar.

    Then thrice the mounted squadrons ride around
    The fire, and Arcite's name they thrice resound;
    Hail and farewel they shouted thrice amain,
    Thrice facing to the left, and thence they turn'd again.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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