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ME'GRIM, n. [ L. hemicrania, half the head.] Properly, a pain in the side of the head; hence, a disorder of the head; vertigo.

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ME'GRIM, n. [ L. hemicrania, half the head.] Properly, a pain in the side of the head; hence, a disorder of the head; vertigo.

ME'GRIM, n. [Fr. migraine, corrupted from L. and G. hemicrania, half the head.]

Properly, a neuralgic pain in the side of the head; periodical headache, characterized by a vehement pain confined to one side of the head, sometimes to one side of the forehead, and usually periodical, i.e. either exacerbating and unremitting, or absolutely intermittent.

  1. A kind of sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head.
  2. The British smooth sole, or scaldfish (Psetta arnoglossa).
  3. A fancy; a whim; a freak; a humor; esp., in the plural, lowness of spirits.

    These are his megrims, firks, and melancholies. Ford.

  4. A sudden vertigo in a horse, succeeded sometimes by unconsciousness, produced by an excess of blood in the brain; a mild form of apoplexy.

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ME'GRIM, noun [ Latin hemicrania, half the head.] Properly, a pain in the side of the head; hence, a disorder of the head; vertigo.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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HIMSELF', pron. In the nominative or objective case. [him and self.]

1. He; but himself is more emphatical, or more expressive of distinct personality than he.

With shame remembers, while himself was one

Of the same herd, himself the same had done.

2. When himself is added to he, or to a noun, it expresses discrimination of person with particular emphasis.

But he himself returned from the quarries. Judges 3.

But God himself is with us for our captain. 2 Chron.13.

3. When used as the reciprocal pronoun, it is not usually emphatical.

David hid himself in the field. 1 Sam.20.

4. It was formerly used as a substitute for neuter nouns; as high as heaven himself. [This use is now improper.]

5. It is sometimes separated from he; as, he could not go himself, for he himself could not go.

6. Himself is used to express the proper character, or natural temper and disposition of a person, after or in opposition to wandering of mind, irregularity, or devious conduct from derangement, passion or extraneous influence. We say, a man has come to himself, after delirious or extravagant behavior. Let the man alone; let him act himself.

By himself, alone; unaccompanied; sequestered.

He sits or studies by himself.

Ahab went one way by himself,and Obadiah went another way by himself. 1 Kings 18.

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