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A

DICTIONARY

OF THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE;

IN WRICH

THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINALS,

EXPLAINED IN THEIR DIFFERENT MEANINGS,

AND

AUTHORIZED BY THE NAMES OF THE WRITERS IN

WHOSE WORKS THEY ARE FOUND.

ABSTRACTED FROM THE FOLIO EDITION,

BY THE AUTHOR,

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

A GRAMMAR of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

THE TWELFTH Edition, corrected and revised ;
With confiderable Additions from the Eighth Edition of the Original.

MON TROSE:
Prated by D. BUCHANAN, Sold by J. FAIRBAIRN, C. DICKSON, A. CONSTABLE,
Ross & BLACKWOOD, Edinburgh ; J. & A. Duncan, J. & M. Ro-

HERTSON, 6 J. Gillies, Glasgow, H. Mozley,
Gainsborough ; and Wilson & Spence, York.

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THE

P R E F A CE.

of the English language, I lately published a Dictionary like those compiled by the academies of Italy and France, for the use of such as aspire to exactness of criticism, or elegance of style.

But it has been since considered that works of that kind are by Do means necessary to the greater number of readers, who, seldom jotending to write, or presuming to judge, turn over books, only to amuse their leisure, and to gain degrees of knowledge suitable to lower characters, or necessary to the common bufiness of life: these know not any other use of a Dictionary than that of adjusting orthography, and explaining terms of science or words of infrequent occurrence, or remote derivation'.

For these purposes many Dictionaries have been written by diferent authors, and with different degrees of skill; but none of them have yet fallen into my hands by which even the lowest expectations could be satisfied. Some of their authors wanted industry, and others literature: some knew not their own defe&ts, and others were too idle to supply them.

For this reason a small Di&tionary appeared yet to be wanting to common readers; and, as I may without arrogance claim to myself a longer acquaintance with the lexicography of our language than any other writer has had, I fall hope to be considered as having more experience at least than most of my predecelfors, and as more likely to accommodate the nation with a vocabalary of daily use. I therefore offer to the Public an Abftract or Epitome of my former work.

In comparing this with other Dictionaries of the faine kind, it will be found to have several advantages. 1. It contains many words not to be found in any other. II

. Many barbarous terms and phrases by which other Dictionaries may vitiate the Style, are rejected from this.

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