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Voice (noun)

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Voice, n.s. [voix,Fr. vocis, Lat.]

  1. Sound emitted by the mouth.

  2. Sound of the mouth, as distinguished from that uttered by another mouth.

    Air in sounds that are not tones, which are all equal, admitteth much variety, as in the voices of living creatures, and in the voices of several men; for we can discern several men by their voices. Bacon's Nat. Hist.

  3. Any sound made by breath.

    O Marcus, I am warm'd; my heart
    Leaps at the trumpet's voice, and burns for glory.

  4. Vote; suffrage; opinion expressedd.

    Are you all resolved to give your voices?
    But that's no matter, the greater part carries it.

                    I've no words;
    My voice is in my sword! thou bloodier villain
    Than terms can give thee out.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

    The state was betrayed by the multitude and corruption of voices, and must shortly perish, if not committed to the grave judgment of some few; for two hundred gave voices, reducing that multitude to fifty, who, for their experience, were holden for men of greatest gravity. Knolles.

    Some laws ordain, and some attend the choice
    Of holy senates, and elect by voice.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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