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Paint (verb active)

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To Paint. v.a. [peindre, French.]

  1. To represent by delineation and colours.

    Live to be the shew and gaze o' th' time,
    We'll have thee as our rarer monsters are,
    Painted upon a pole.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

  2. To cover with colours representative of something.

    Who fears a sentence or an old man's saw,
    Shall by a painted cloth be kept in awe.

  3. To represent by colours, appearances, or images.

    Till we from an author's words paint his very thoughts in our minds, we do not understand him. Locke.

  4. To describe; to represent.

    The lady is disloyal. —
    — Disloyal? —
    — The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.

  5. To colour; to diversify.

    Such is his will that paints
    The earth with colours fresh,
    The darkest skies with store
    Of starry lights.

  6. To deck with artificial colours.

    Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
    Than that of painted pomp? are not these woods
    More free from peril than the court?

    Jezebeel painted her face and tired her head. 2 Kings ix. 30.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Kings (12) · Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece (2) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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