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Sigh (noun)

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Sigh. n.s. [from the verb.] A violent and audible emission of the breath which has been long retained, as in sadness.

Full often has my heart swoln with keeping my sighs imprisoned; full often have the tears I drove back from mine eyes, turned back to drown my heart. Sidney.

Love is a smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs;
Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes.

What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charg'd. Shakesp.

Laughing, if loud, ends in a deep sigh; and all the pleasures have a sting in the tail, though they carry beauty in the face. Taylor.

In Venus' temple, on the sides were seen
Issuing sighs, that smok'd along the wall.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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