Definition of Rathest
1. rathe [adj] - See also: rathe
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rathest
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Literary usage of Rathest
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"... With fraud couered vnder a pilous face, Accept be now rathest vnto grace. With fained port and presumption, " And can himselfe now best magnifie They ..."
2. English, Past and Present by Richard Chenevix Trench (1870)
"Rather ' expresses the Latin ' potius ;' but ' rathest' being obsolete, ... Nor has ' rathest' been so long out of use, that it would be hopeless to attempt ..."
3. English Past and Present by Richard Chenevix Trench (1855)
"Rather' expresses the Latin 'potius;' but ' rathest' being gone, we have no word, unless ' soonest' may be accepted as such, to express ' potissimum,' that ..."
4. The Western Antiquary by William Henry Kearley Wright (1883)
"This being done the company shouted " Hurrah.'' A dance followed, with feasting, the festivities being kept up till the morning hours. rathest. ..."
5. The Dialect of Leeds and Its Neighbourhood: Illustrated by Conversations and by C. Clough Robinson (1862)
"Haa- therly ta'en in,"—a low degree of disappointment. rathest. Tin's old form maintains a vigorous existence amongst us in the sense of " rather above all. ..."