from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In colleges, a leave of absence from commons.


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  • Renoldo interpret. ut parum absit a furore, rapitur a Lyceo in concionem, a concione ad mare, a mari in Siciliam, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Bohemus saith, to kiss coming and going, et modo absit lascivia, in cauponem ducere, to talk merrily, sport, play, sing, and dance so that it be modestly done, go to the alehouse and tavern together.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • But we are far from any such strange conceits, and will permit our wives and daughters to go to the tavern with a friend, as Aubanus saith, modo absit lascivia, and suspect nothing, to kiss coming and going, which, as Erasmus writes in one of his epistles, they cannot endure.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Nihil perniciosus viribus si modus absit, venenum.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • (Expertus loquor), and may truly say with [121] Jovius in like case, (absit verbo jactantia) heroum quorundam, pontificum, et virorum nobilium familiaritatem et amicitiam, gratasque gratias, et multorum [122] bene laudatorum laudes sum inde promeritus, as I have been honoured by some worthy men, so have I been vilified by others, and shall be.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Simplicius, and those heathen philosophers, doctrina et aetate venerandi, Mosis Genesin mundanam popularis nescio cujus ruditatis, quae longa absit a vera

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Failing that, all would do well to meditate on the old polite words, absit injuria verbis.

    I'm out of touch with my own opinion about the election. Ann Althouse 2006

  • He introduced the word prorsus into the line Mortalibus prorsus non absit solatium and after Hujus enim scripta evolve, he added, Mentemque tantarum rerum capacem corpori caduco superstitem crede; which is quite applicable to Dr Johnson himself.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides 2006

  • There is a strong undercurrent of labour trade, which gives it a kind of Uncle Tom flavour, absit omen!

    Vailima Letters 2005

  • Maritus autem humanior, etiamsi absit sanguis, cruore palumbino mappam tingit et gaudium fingens cognatis parentibusque ostendit; paululum postea puellae nonnulla causa dat divortium.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah 2003


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