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  • noun Plural form of groane.


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  • At these harsh words, Isabella fell into abundance of teares, where-among she mingled many sighes and groanes, such as were able to overthrow a farre stronger constitution: so that, being full of feare and dismay, yet no way distrusting her brethrens cruell deede; she durst not question any more after him.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Panuccio, yawning and stretching out his limbes, with unusuall groanes and respirations, such as (better) could bee hardly dissembled: seemed to wake as out of a traunce, and calling his friend Adriano, said.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Frazer quotes an ancient English paper which records the startling fact that when an oak is being felled it gives a kind of shriekes or groanes that may be heard a mile off as if it were the genius of the oak lamenting.

    Fears and Fancies of the Forests 1955

  • When an oak is being felled “it gives a kind of shriekes or groanes, that may be heard a mile off, as if it were the genius of the oake lamenting.

    Chapter 9. The Worship of Trees. § 1. Tree-spirits 1922

  • Forget not: in thy book record their groanes Who were thy Sheep and in their antient Fold Slayn by the bloody Piemontese that roll'd Mother with Infant down the Rocks.

    Sonnets John Milton 1645

  • [Enter the other Maske of entended murderers; Step-sons; Bastard; and a fourth man, comming in dauncing, the Duke recouers a little in voyce, and groanes, - calls a guard, treason.] [At which they all start out of their measure, and turning towards the Table, they finde them all to be murdered.]

    The Revenger's Tragedy 1608

  • 3088: Of all one paine, saue for a night of groanes

    Richard III (1623 First Folio Edition) 1623

  • 2722: Are clamorous groanes, that strike vpon my heart,

    Richard II (1623 First Folio Edition) 1623

  • 948: Th 'annointed soueraigne of sighes and groanes:

    Love's Labour Lost (1623 First Folio Edition) 1623

  • 643: The wretched annimall heau'd forth such groanes

    As You Like It (1623 First Folio Edition) 1623


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