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No (adverb)

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No. adv. [na, Saxon.]

  1. The word of refusal.

                        Our courteous Antony,
    Whom ne'er the word of no, woman heard speak,
    Being barber'd ten times o'er, goes to the feast.

    Henceforth my wooing mind shall be exprest,
    In rosset yeas and honest kersy noes.
    Sha. L. Labours Lost.

    If you will not consider these things now, the time will shortly come when you shall consider them whether you will or no. Calamy's Serm.

  2. The word of denial opposite to concession or affirmation.

    I think it would not sort amiss, to handle the question, whether a war for the propagation of the Christian faith, without another cause of hostility, be lawful or no, and in what cases? Bacon.

  3. It sometimes confirms a foregoing negative.

                My name's Macbeth: —
    — The Devil himself could not pronounce a title
    More hateful to mine ear. —
    No, nor more fearful.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

                                Never more
    This hand shall combat on the crooked shore:
    No; let the Grecian pow'rs opprest in fight,
    Unpity'd perish in their tyrant's sight.
    Dryd. Homer.

  4. It sometimes strengthens a following negative; no not, not even.

    No not the bow which so adorns the skies,
    So glorious is, or boasts so many dies.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Calamy, Benjamin (8) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Waller, Edmund (63)

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