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parenthesis

PAREN'THESIS, n. [Gr. to insert.] A sentence, or certain words inserted in a sentence, which interrupt the sense or natural connection of words, but serve to explain or qualify the sense of the principal sentence. The parenthesis is usually included in hooks or curved lines, thus.

These officers, whom they still call bishops, are to be elected to a provision comparatively mean, through the same arts, (that is, electioneering arts,) by men of all religious tenets that are known or can be invented.

Do not suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis.



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PAREN'THESIS, n. [Gr. to insert.] A sentence, or certain words inserted in a sentence, which interrupt the sense or natural connection of words, but serve to explain or qualify the sense of the principal sentence. The parenthesis is usually included in hooks or curved lines, thus.

These officers, whom they still call bishops, are to be elected to a provision comparatively mean, through the same arts, (that is, electioneering arts,) by men of all religious tenets that are known or can be invented.

Do not suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis.

PA-REN'THE-SIS, n. [Gr. παρενθεσις; παρα and εντιθημι, insert.]

A sentence, or certain words inserted in a sentence, which interrupt the sense or natural connection of words, but serve to explain or qualify the sense of the principal sentence. The parenthesis is usually included in hooks or curved lines, thus, ( ). These officers, whom they still call bishops, are to be elected to a provision comparatively mean, through the same arts (that is, electioneering arts,) by men of all religious tenets that are known or can be invented. – Burke. Do not suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis. – Watts.


Pa*ren"the*sis
  1. A word, phrase, or sentence, by way of comment or explanation, inserted in, or attached to, a sentence which would be grammatically complete without it. It is usually inclosed within curved lines (see def. 2 below), or dashes.

    "Seldom mentioned without a derogatory parenthesis." Sir T. Browne.

    Don't suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis. Watts.

  2. One of the curved lines () which inclose a parenthetic word or phrase.

    * Parenthesis, in technical grammar, is that part of a sentence which is inclosed within the recognized sign; but many phrases and sentences which are punctuated by commas are logically parenthetical. In def. 1, the phrase "by way of comment or explanation" is inserted for explanation, and the sentence would be grammatically complete without it. The present tendency is to avoid using the distinctive marks, except when confusion would arise from a less conspicuous separation.

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Parenthesis

PAREN'THESIS, noun [Gr. to insert.] A sentence, or certain words inserted in a sentence, which interrupt the sense or natural connection of words, but serve to explain or qualify the sense of the principal sentence. The parenthesis is usually included in hooks or curved lines, thus.

These officers, whom they still call bishops, are to be elected to a provision comparatively mean, through the same arts, (that is, electioneering arts, ) by men of all religious tenets that are known or can be invented.

Do not suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

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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SUBREP'TION, n. [L. subreptio, from subrepo, to creep under.]

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