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Yore, or of Yore. adv. [ᵹoᵹaꞃa, Saxon.]

  1. Long.

    Witness the burning altars, which he swore,
    And, guilty, heavens of his bold perjury;
    Which though he hath polluted oft and yore,
    Yet I to them for judgment just do fly.
    Fairy Queen.

  2. Of old time; long ago.

    Thee bright-ey'd Vesta long of yore
    To solitary Saturn bore.

    There liv'd, as authors tell, in days of yore,
    A widow somewhat old, and very poor.

    In times of yore an ancient baron liv'd;
    Great gifts bestow'd, and great respect receiv'd.

    The dev'l was piqu'd such saintship to behold,
    And long'd to tempt him, like good Job of old;
    But Satan now is wiser than of yore,
    And tempts by making rich, not making poor.

Sources: Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Adverb (147) · Saxon (215)

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