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1. To grant; not to dispute. If that the king Have any way your good deserts forgot, Which he confiset' to be manifold, He bids you suame your griefs. Shakspeare. They may have a clear view of good, great, and cossessed good, without being concerned, if they can make up their happiness without it. vcks. 3. To show ; to prove ; to attest. . . Tall thriving trees confood the fruitful mold; The redd'ning apple ripens here to gold. Pope. . It is used in a loose and unimportant sense, by way of introduction, or as an affirmative form of speech. I must conso I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect, that none of them have mentioned. f Addison on Italy. 7. Co N FE's s. v. n. To make confession ; to disclose ; to reveal: as, le is gone to the priest to confess. Cos fe'ss Ed LY. adv. [from confsted.] Avowedly; indisputably; undeniably. Labour is comfortly a great part of the curse, and therefore ào wonder if men fly from it. * South. Great geniuses, like great ministers, though they are confrascoy the first in the commonwealth of letters, must be envied and calumniated. Pope. CoN FE'ssio N. m. s. LFrom cooft is...] 1. The acknowledgment of a crime; the discovery of one's own guilt. Your engaging me first in this adventure of the Moxa, and desiring the story of it from ine, is like giving one the torture, and then asking his confession, which is hard usage. Templ. 3. The act of disburdening the conscicnce to a priest. You will have little opportunity to practise such a confession, and should therefore supply the want of it by a due performance of it to God. Wake's Preparation for Death. 4. Profession; avowal. Who, before Pontius Pilate, witnessed a good confession ? 1 ‘Iron. f there be one amongst the fair'st of Greece, That loves his mistress more than in confusion, And dare avow her beauty and her worth In other arms than hers; to him this challenge. Shakspeare. 4. A formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised. Cos F. E.'ss to NAL. m. s. [Fr.] The seat or box in which the confessor sits to hear the declarations of his penitents. . . In one of the churches I saw a pulpit and seasoaianal, very finely inlaid with lapis-lazyıl. - Addison on Italy. CoN FE'ss I on ARY. n. 4. [conjoysiuraire, French.J. The confession chair or seat, where the priest sits to hear confessions. Dict. Co’N f Essor. n.s.. [confesseur, French.] 1. One who makes profession of his faith in the face of danger. He who dies for religion, is a martyr; he who suffers for it, is a confessor. The doctrine in the thirty-nine articles is so orthodoxiy settled, as cannot be oestioned without danger to our religion, which hath been sealed with the blood of so many martyrs and •onfe: ori. Bacon', fore to Pilliers. was not this an excellen: soft, or a least, if not a martyr, in this cause? Stillo off-t. Mohs patience and furtituds of a marty r u :24
for lie concealed in the flourishing times of christianity. Addison's Spectator. It was the assurance of a resurrection that gave Patience to the coof...sor, and courage to the martyr. Rogers. 2. He that hear confessions, and prescribes rules and measures of penitence. See that Claudio Be executed by nine to-morrow morning: Bring him his confessor, let him be prepard; For that 's the utmost of his pilgrimage. Skał. If you find any sin that lies heavy upon you, disburthen *..." of it into the bosom of your •ouse, or, who stands between God and you to Pray for you. Taylor. One must be trusted; and he thought her fit, As passing prudent, and a parlous wit: To this sagacious coyotor he went, And told her. Dryden's Wife of Bato. 3. He who confesses his crimes. Dict. CoN FE's T. adj. La poetical word for confossed.] Open; known; acknowledged; not concealed; not disputed; apparent. But wherefore should I seek, Since the peridious author stands confest? This villain has traduc’d me. Fows. CoN FE's T 1. Y. adv. [from confest.] Undisputably ; evidently; without doubt or concealment. They address to that principle which is confoly predominant in our nature. Decay of Piety. CoN Fi 'ci ENT. adi. [consciens, Lat.] That causes or procures; effective. Dict. Co'N F ID ANT. n. 4. [consolent, Fr.] A person trusted with private affairs, commonly with affairs of love. Martin composed his billet-doux, and intrusted it to his confidant. Arbuthnot and Pope. To CONFI'DE. v. n. [confido, Lat.] To trust in ; to put trust in. He alone won't betray, in whom none will confide. Congrevo. Co’N F1 de Nice. n. s. [confidentia, Lat.] 1. Firm belief of another's integrity or veracity : reliance. Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another's integrity. South. 2. Trust in his own abilities or fortune; security : opposed to dejection or timidity.
Alas, my lord, Your wisdom is consum'd in considence: Do not go forth to-day. Shakpeare. His times being rather prosperous than calm, had raised his considence by success. Bacon. He had an ambition and vanity, and confidance in himself, which sometimes intoxicated and transported, and exposed him. Clarend o.
5. That which gives or causes confidence, boldness, or security. Co's ride N r. adj. [from conside.] 1. Assured beyond doubt. He is so sure and confident of his particular election, as to resolve he can never fall. Hamm. I am confident, that very much may be done towards the improvement of philosophy. Boyle. 2. Positive; affirmative; dogmatical: as, a confident talker. 3. Secure of success; without fear of miscarriage. Both valiant, as men despising death; both coffent, as unwonted to be overcome. Sidney. ouglas, and the Hot-spur, both together, Are confident against the world in arms. Shoks. Be not confident in a plain way. Ecclus. People forget how little they know, when they grow confident upon any present state of things. South. 4. Void of suspicion ; trusting without limits. He, true knight, No lesser of her honour consident * Than I did truly find her, stakes this ring. Shak. Rome, be as just and gracious unto me, As I am confident and kind to thee. Słakop. 5. Bold to a vice ; elated with false opinion of his own excellencies; impudent.
Co'N FIDENT. n. 4. [from conside.] One trusted with secrets. If ever it comes to this, that a man can say of his confident he would have deceived me, he has said enough. South. You love me for no other end, But to become my confident and friend; As such, I keep no secret from your sight. Dryd. Co’N FIDENT LY. adv. [from consident.] 1. Without doubt; without fear of miscarriage. We shall not be ever the less likely to meet with success, if we do not expect it too cooftdeatly. Atterbury. 2. With firm trust. The maid becomes a youth; no more delay Your vows, but look, and confidently pay. Dryd. 3. Without appearance of doubt without suspecting any failure or deficiency; positively ; dogmatically. Many men least of all know what they themselves most confidently boast. Ben jonson. It is strange how the ancients took up experiments upon credit, and yet did build great matters upon them: the observation of some of the best of them, delivered confidently, is, that a vessel filled with ashes will receive the like quantity of water as if it had been empty; this is utterly untrue. arton. Every fool may believe, and pronounce conftdently; but wise men will conclude firmly. Soutb. Co’N FIDENT N F ss. n.s.. [from confident.] Favourable opinion of one's own powel'S ; as Surance. Dict. CoN FIGURA’rio N. n. 4. [configuration, French.] 1. The form of the various parts of any thing, as they are adapted to each other. The different effects of fire and water, which we call heat and cold, result from the so differing configuration and agitation of their&. Janville. No other account can be given of the different animal secretions, than the different configuration , and action of the solid parts. Artuthnot.
There is no plastick virtue concerned in shaping them, but the configurations of the pit. ticles whereof they consist. Woodward 2. The face of the horoscope, according to the aspects of the planets toward each other at any time. To Cosfi's UR E. v. a. [from figura, Lit] To dispose into any form, by adaptation. Mother earth brought forth segs, aims, ind other members of the body, scattered and it. tinct, at their full growth; which coming toge. ther, cementing, and so oftguring theos into human shape, made lusty men. Ratly.
CONFINE. m. s. [confinis, Lat. It had formerly the accent on the last syllable.] Common boundary ; border; edge. Here in these confiner slily have I lurk'd, To watch the waining of mine enemies. Ski sou are old: Nature in you stands on the very verge Of her confine. Sorort, The confines of the river Niger, where the negroes are, are well watered. Bros. "T was ebbing darkness, past the noon of mist, And Phosphor on the o of the light. Ig: The idea of duration equal to a revolution of the sun, is applicable to duration where no me. tion was: as the idea of a foot, taken from bo. dies, here, to distances beyond the softner of the world, where are no bodies. Lock. Co'N FIN E. adj. [confinis, Lat.] Border. ing upon ; beginning where the other ends; having one common boundary. To CoN F 1'N E. v. n. To border upon; to touch on other territories, or regions: it has with or on. Half lost, I seek What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds Confine with heav'n. Milt. Par. Leit. Full in the midst of this created space, Betwixt heav’ā, earth, and skies, there stands,
2. To settle; to establish: cither persons or things. I confirm thee in the high priesthood, and appoint thee ruler. 1 AMaccabees. Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs. - Shakspeare. 3. To fix ; to radicate. Fernelius never cured a confirmed pox without it. - Wiseman. 4. To o to perfect. He only liv'd but till he was a man; The ... no sooner had his prowess confirm'd, But like a man he died. Shakspeare. 5. To strengthen by new solemnities or ties. That treaty, so prejudicial, ought to have been remitted rather than confirmed. Swift. 4. To settle of strengthen in resolution, or purpose, or Opinion. p Pog then I resolve Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe. Milt. They in their state though firm, stood more confirm'd. Milton. Believe, and be confirm'd. Milion. ;. To admit to the full privileges of a christian, by imposition of hands.
Those which are thus confirmed, are thereby supposed to be fit for admission to the sacrament. Barazona's Fundamentals. CoN F 1'RMA B L E. adj. Lírom confirm.] Capable of incontestable evidence. It may receive a spurious inmate, as is conformable by many examples. Brown. CoN F I R MA’t 1o N. m. s. from confirm.] 1. The act of establishing any thing or person ; settlement; establishment. Embrace and love this man.— —With brother's love I do it——And let heav'n Witness how dear I hold this confirmation / Slak. 2. Evidence by which any thing is ascertained; additional proof. A false report hath Honour'd with confirmation your great judgninent. Shakspeare. The sea-captains answered, that they would perform his command; and, in confirmation thereof, promised not to do any thing which beseemed not valiant men. Knolles' Hist. 3. Proof; convincing testimony. Wanting frequent roofirmation in a matter so confirmable, their affirmation carrieth but slow persuasion. Brown. The arguments brought by Christ for the ::::::::" of his doctrine, were in themselves sufficient. South. 4. An ecclesiastical rite. What is prepared for in catechising, is, in the next place, performed by confirmation; a most profitable usage of the church, transcribed from the practice of the apostles, which consists in two parts: the child's undertaking, in his own name, every part of the baptismal vow (having first approved himself to understand it): and to that purpose, that he may more solemnly enter this obligation, bringing some godfather with hinn, not now (as in baptism) as his procurator to undertake for him, but as a witness to testify his entering this obligation. Haxmond. CoN F I R MA’to R. n. . . [from confirmo, Latin.) An attester; he that puts a matter past doubt. There wants herein the definitive confirmator, and test of things uncertain, the sense of man. Brown's Pulgar Errouri. CoN F 1'RMA to R Y. adj. [from confirm. . Giving additional testimony; establishing with new force. CoN f 1(RMed N Ess. n.s...[from confirmed.] Confirmed state; radication. If the difficulty arise from the confirmedness of habit, every resistance weakens the habit, abates the difficulty. Decay of Piety. CoN F 1'R.M.E.R. n.s.. [from confirm.] One that confirms; one that produces evidence or strength; an attester; an establisher. Be these sad sighs confirmers of thy words 2 Then speak again. Shakspeare. The oath of a lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster: they are both the confirmers of false reckonings. bałpeare. CoN F1'scAB le. adj. [from confiscate.] Liable to forfeiture. To CONFISCATE. v. a. [confiscare, confirquer, i. e. in publicum addicere; from fiscus, which originally signifieth a hamper, pannier, basket, or frei! ; but metonymically the emperor's treasoire, because it was anciently kept in such hampers. Cowell.] To transfer Pri. wate property to the prince or publick, b; way of penalty for an offence. t was judged that he should be banished, and his whole estate coyocated and seized, and his houses pulled down. Bacon. Whatever fish the vulgar fry excel, Belong to Caesar, wheresoe'er they swim, By their own worth confiscated to him. Dryd. Co N F 1'sc A : E adj. from the verb.] Transferred to the publick as forfeit. The accent in Shakspeare is on the first syllable. Thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, coyocate Unto the state of Venice. Skałpeare.
CoN Fisca’t 1o N. m. s. [from conficate } The act of transferring the forfeited goods of criminals to publick use. It was in every man's eye, what great forfeitures and oft.cution, he had at that present to help himself. Bacon's Henry v1.1. Co’N FIT ENT. n. 3. [constems, Lat.] One confessing; one who confesses his faults. A wide difference there is between a meer confitent and a true penitent. Decay of Piety. Co'N FIT U R E. m. s. [French ; from confoctura, Lat.] A sweetmeat; a confection ; a comfit. - It is certain, that there be some houses wherein o and pies will gather mould more than in others. Bacon. We contain a confiture house, where we make all sweetmeats, dry and moist, and divers pleasant wines. Bacon. fo CoN FI'x. v.a. [configo, consixum, Lat.] To fix down ; to fasten. As this is true, Let me in safety raise me from my knees; Or else for ever be confixed here, A marble monument! Shakspeare. CoN FLA'GRANT. adj. [conflagrans, Lat...] Burning together ; involved in a general fire. o Then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg’d and refin'd, New heav'ns, new earth. JMilton. CoN FLAGRA’t los. n. 4. [conflagratio, Latin.] 1. A general fire spreading over a large space. The opinion deriveth the complexion from the deviation of the sun, and the conflagration of all things under Phaeton. - Brown. Next o'er the plains, where ripen'd harvests grow, The running conflagration spreads below. Addis. Mankind hath had a gradual increase, notwithstanding what floods and conflagrations, and the religious profession of celibacy, may have interrupted. Bentley's Sermans. a. It is generally taken for the fire which shall consume this world at the consummation of things. -* CoN FLA’s Io N. n.s.. [conflatum, Latin.] 1. The act of blowing many instruments together. The sweetest harmony is, when every part or instrument is not heard by itself, but a conflation of them all. Bacon. 2. A casting or melting of metal. CoN FLE'x U R E. n.s.. [conflexura, Latin.] A bending or turning. To CONFLI'CT. v. n. [confligo, Latin.] To strive ; to contest; to fight; to
* struggle ; to contend ; to encounter; to engage: properly by striking against one another. Bare unhoused trunks, To the confrting elements expos'd, Answer meer nature. Sopraro. You shall hear under the earth a horrible thundering of fire and water of oting together. Baron's Natirai History. A man would be content to strive with him. self, and conflict with great difficulties, in hope, of a mighty reward. Tiliation. Lash'd into foam, the fierce conflicting brine Seems o'er a thousand raging waves to burn. Tiezen.
Co's F Lict. n.s.. [conflictus, Latin.] 1. A violent collision, or opposition, of two substances. Pour dephlegmed spirit of vinegar upon s.l. of tartar, and there will be such a root or ebullition, as if there were scarce two more contrary bodies in nature. Boyle.
2. A combat; a fight between two. It is soldom used of a general battle. The luckless offic; with the giant stout, Wherein captiv'd, of life or death he stood in doubt. Sponsor. It is my father's face, Whom in this conflict I unawares have kill’d. Slatopeur. 3. Contest ; strife : contention. There is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Benedick and her, they never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them. Alas! he gets nothing by that. In our last conflict, fo. of his five wits went halting off. Szałspears. 4. Struggle ; agony; pang. o assurance touching victories can make present coits so sweet and easy, but nature will shrink from them. If he attempt this great change, with what labour and conflict must he accomplishit! Rogo. He perceiv'd
Co's Flu EN ce. n. 4. [conftuo, Latin.] 1. The junction or union of several Streams. Nimrod, who usurped dominion over the res', sat down in the very oftuence of all those rives which watered Paradise. Roleiro. Bagdet is beneath the confluence of Tigris in: Euphrates. Brer-to-3 on LangassIn the veins, innumerable little rivulets his their confluence into the great vein, the commo. channel of the blood. Bento. 2. The act of crowding to a place. . . You see this confluence, this great flood & visitors. - Słako. Some come to make merry, because of the ence of all sorts. Boo. ou had found by experience the trouble of all men's confluence, and for all matters, to yourself. Bacon re Poiro. 3. A concourse; a multitude crowded into one place. This will draw a confluence of people from * parts of the country.
4. Collection; concurrence. i We may there be instructed how to rate * goods by those that will concentre into the for city we shall possess; which shall be .#i
the confluence, perfection, and perpetuity,
true joys. ...i CONFLUENT, adj. [coofton, Latin. Running one into another; Ineeting."
At length, to make their various currents one, The congregated foc's together run; , , , These sonfident streams make some great river's
a By stores still meking and descending fed. - Blackmore.
Co'N flux. m. s. [confluxio, Latin.] 1. The union of several currents ; concourse. Knots, by the conflux of meeting sap, Infect the sound pine and divert his grain. Shak. 1. Crowd; multitude c liccted. He quickly, by the general conflux and concourse of the whole people, streightened his quarters. Clarendon. To the gates cast round thine eye, and see What conjux issuing forth, or entring in. Milt. CoN Fo'R.M. adi. [eonsormis, Latl Assuming the same form ; wearing the same form ; resembling. Variety of tunes doth dispose the spirits to variety of passions conform unto them. Bacon. To CONFO'RM. v. a. [consormo, Lat.] To reduce to the like appearance, shape, or manner, with something else: with to. Then followed that most natural effect of conforming oue's self to that which she did o: run-a-. The apostles did confirm the christians, ‘. much as might be, according to the pattern of the Jews. fiooker. Demand of them wherefore they coofer", not themselves unto the order of the church? Hooker.
CoN Foo RM A B LE. adj. [from conform.] 1. Having the same form ; using the same manners; agreeing either in exterior or moral characters; similar; resembling. The Gentiles were not made cofororise unto the Jews, in that which was to cease at the coming of Christ. Hooter. 2. It has commonly to before that with which there is agreement. He gives a reason conformable to the principles. - A. Authnot. 3. Sometimes with, not improperly ; but to is used with the verb. The fragments of Sappho give us a taste of her way of writing, perfectly conformut's with that character we find of her. Addiocm. 4. Agreeable ; suitable; not opposite; consistent. Nature is very consonant and conformall, to herself. Newton. The productions of a great genius, with many. lapses, are preferable, to the works of an interiour author, scrupulously exact, and conformable to all the rules of correct writing. Addison. 5. Compliant; ready to follow directions; submissive; peaceable; obsequious. I’ve been to you a true and humble wife, At all time to your will conformable. Shahpeare: For all the kingdoms of the earth to yield themselves willingly conformall, in whateyer should be required, it wis their duty. Heolor. such delusions are reformed by a conformaţie devotion, and the well-tempered zeal of the true christian spirit. Spratt. cos ro'RMA Blv. adv. [from conformWOL. I.
CoN for MA’t Ion. m. s. [Fr. ccoformation Latin.] 1. The form of things, as relating to each other; the particular texture and consistence of the parts of a body, and their disposition to make a whole: as, light of different colours is reflected from bodies, according to their different conformation. Varieties are found in the different natural shapes of the mouth, and several conformations the organs. Holder. Where there happens to be such a structure and conformation of the earth, as that the fire may pass freely into these spiracles, it then readily gets out. JWoodward's Nat, Hiro. 2. The act of producing suitableness, or conformity, to any thing: with to. Virtue and vice, sin and holiness, and the co-formation of our hearts and lives to the duties of true religion and morality, are things of more consequence than the furniture of understanding. Watts. Cos fo‘RM1st. n.s.. [from conform.] One that complies with the worship of the church of England; not a dissenter. They were not both noncomfortnists, neither both coformit. Dunton. os Fosk M ; T Y. m. s. [from conform.] 1. Similitude ; resemblance; the state of having the same character of manners or form. By the knowledge of truth, and exercise of virtue, inan, amongst the creatures of this world, aspireth to the greatest conformity with God... Hocier. Judge not what is best By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet; Created as thou art to nobler end, Holy and pure, conformity divine! Milton. Space and duration have a great re-formity in this, that they are justly reckoned amongst our simple ideas. ocłe. This metaphor would not have been so general, had there not been a coformity between the mental taste and the sensitive taste. Adozen. 2. It has in some authors with before the model to which the conformity is made. The end of all religion is but to draw us to a conformity with God. Decay of Firty. 3. In some to. We cannot be otherwise happy but by our sofornity to God. Tillotron. Goofurnity in building to other civil nations, hath disposed us to let our old wooden dark houses fail to decay. Graunt. 4. Consistency. Many instances prove the croft, ority of the essay, with the notions of Hippocrates. Arbuth. CoN Fo RTA't so N. n. 4. [from conforto, a low Latin word.] Collation of strength;
. . For corroboration and confortation, take such bodies as are of astringent quality, without manifest cold. Baron's Nat. Hist.
To CONFOUND. v. a. [coofindre, Fr. conjundo, Lat.]