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Wi'tless. adj. [from wit.] Wanting understanding.

Why then should witless man so much misween
That nothing is but that which he hath seen?
Fairy Queen.

I have ever lov'd the life remov'd;
And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
Where youth, and cost, and witless brav'ry keeps.

                    So't pleas'd my destiny,
Guilty of my sin of going, to think me
As vain, as witless, and as false as they
Which dwell in court.

He kept us slaves, by which we fitly prove
That witless pity breedeth fruitless love.

                  The apple's outward form
Delectable, the witless swain beguiles,
'Till with a writhen mouth and spattering noise
He tastes the bitter morsel and rejects.

Sources: Donne, John (44) · Fairfax, Edward (30) · Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (39) · Philips, John (42) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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