Johnson's Dictionary - Loveapple

The banish’d never hopes his love to see. Dryden.

The lover and the love of human kind. Pope.


He is not lolling on a lewd love bed,

But on his knees at meditation.  Shakespeare.

8.Unreasonable liking.

A love to sin makes a man sin against his own reason. Taylor ’s Holy living.

Men in love with their opinions may not only suppose what is in question, but allege wrong matter of fact. Locke.

9.Fondness; concord.

Come love and health to all!

Then I’ll sit down: give me some wine; fill full. Shakesp.

Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

  I Corinthians.

10. Principle of union.

Love is the great instrument of nature, the bond and cement of society, the spirit and spring of the universe: love is such an affection as cannot so properly be said to be in the soul, as the soul to be in that: it is the whole man wrapt up into one desire. South

11.Picturesque representation of love.

The lovely babe was born with e’vry grace:

Such was his form as painters, when they show

Their utmost art, on naked loves below. Dryden.

12. A word of endearment.

‘Tis no dishonour, trust me, love, ‘tis none;

I would die for thee. Dryden.

13. Due reverence to God.

I know that you have not the love of God in you. John.

Love is of two sorts, of friendship and of desire; the one betwixt friends, the other betwixt lovers; the one a rational, the other a sensitive love: so our love of God consists of two parts, as esteeming of God, and desiring of him. Hammond .

The love of God makes a man chaste without the laborious arts of fasting, and exterior disciplines; he reaches at glory without any other arms but those of love. Taylor .

14. A kind of thin silk stuff.

This leaf held near the eye, and obverted to the light, appeared so full of pores, with such a transparency as that of a sieve, a piece of cypress, or lovehood. Boyle.



The loveapple has a flower consisting of one leaf, which expands in a circular order; the style afterwards becomes a roundish, soft, fleshy fruit, divided into several cells, which contain many flat seeds. Miller.


LO’VEKNOT. n.s. [love and knot.] A complicated figure, by which affection interchanged is figured.


LO’VELETTER. n.s. [love and letter.] Letter of courtship.

The children are educated in the different notions of their parents: the sons follow the father, while the daughters read loveletters and romances to their mother. Addison .


LO’VELILY. adv. [from lovely.] Amiably; in such a manner as to excite love.

Thou look’st

Lovelily dreadful. Otway.


LO’VELINESS. n.s. [from lovely.] Amiableness; qualities of mind or body that excite love.

Carrying thus in one person the only two bands of good-will, loveliness and lovingness. Sidney .

When I approach

Her loveliness, so absolute she seems,

That what she wills to do, or say,

Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best. Milton .

If there is such a native loveliness in the sex, as to make them victorious when they are in the wrong, how resistless is their power when they are on the side of truth? Addison .


LO’VELORN. adj. [love and lorn.] Forsaken of one’s love.

The love-lorn nightingale,

Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well. Milton .


LO’VELY. adj. [from love.] Amiable; exciting love.

The breast of Hecuba,

When she did suckle Hector, look’d not lovelier

Than Hector’s forehead. Shakespeare.

Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided. 2. Samuel.

The flowers which it had press’d

Appeared to my view,

More fresh and lovely than the rest,

That in the meadows grew. Denham.

The Christian religion gives us a more lovely character of God than any religion ever did. Tillotson.

The fair

With cleanly powder dry their hair;

And round their lovely breast and head

Fresh flow’rs their mingl’d odours shed. Prior.


LO’VEMONGER. n.s. [love and monger.] One who deals in affairs of love.

Thou art an old lovemonger, and speakest skillfully. Shak.


LO’VER. n.s. [from love.]

1. One who is in love.

Love is blind, and lovers cannot see

The pretty follies that themselves commit. Shakespeare.

Let it be never said, that he whose breast

Is fill’d with love, should break a lover’s rest. Dryden.

2. A friend; one who regards with kindness.

Your brother and his lover have embrac’d. Shakesp.

I tell thee, fellow,

The general is my lover: I have been

The book of his good act, whence men have read

His fame unparallel’d haply amplified. Shakespeare.

3. One who likes any thing.

To be good and gracious, and a lover of knowledge, are amiable things. Burnet.


LO’OVER. n.s. [from l’ouvert, French, an opening.] An opening for the smoke to go out at in the roof of a cottage. Spenser.


LO’VESECRET. n.s. [love and secret.] Secret between lovers.

What danger, Arimant, is this you fear?

Or what lovesecret which I must not hear? Dryden.


LO’VESICK. adj. [love and sick.] Disordered with love; languishing with amorous desire.

See, on the shoar inhabits purple spring,

Where nightingales their lovesick ditty sing. Dryden.

To the dear mistress of my lovesick mind,

Her swain a pretty present has design’d. Dryden.

Of the reliefs to ease a lovesick mind,

Flavia prescribes despair. Granville.


LO’VESOME. adj. [from love.] Lovely. A word not used.

Nothing new can spring

Without they warmth, without thy influence bear,

Or beautiful or lovesome can appear. Dryden.


LO’VESONG. ns. [love and song.] Song expressing love.

Poor Romeo is already dead!

Stabb’d with a white wench’s black eye,

Run through the ear with a lovesong. Shakespeare

Lovesong weeds and satyrick thorns are grown,

Where seeds of better arts were early sown. Donne.


LO’VESUIT. n.s. [love and suit.] Courtship.

His lovesuit hath been to me

As fearful as a siege. Shakespeare


LO’VETALE. n.s. [love and tale.] Narrative of love.

The lovetale

Infected Sion’s daughters with like heat;

Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch

Ezekiel saw. Milton .

Cato’s a proper person to entrust

A lovetale with. Addison .


LO’VETHOUGHT. n.s. [love and thought] Amourous fancy.

Away to sweet beds of flowers,

Lovethoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers. Shakespeare.


LO’VETOY. n.s. [love and toy.] Small presents given by lovers.

Has this amorous gentleman presented himself with any lovetoys, such as gold snuff-boxes. Arbuthnot.


LO’VETRICK. n.s. [love and trick.] Art of expressing love.

Other disports than dancing jollities;

Other lovetricks than glancing with the eyes. Donne.


LOUGH. n.s. [loch, Irish, a lake.] A lake; a large inland standing water.

A people near the northern pole that won,

Whom Ireland sent form loughes and forests hore,

Divided far by sea from Europe ’s shore. Fairfax

Lough Ness never freezes. Phil. Trans.


LO’VING. participial adj. [from love.]

1. Kind; affectionate.

So loving to my mother,

That he permitted not the winds of heav’n

To visit her face too roughly. Shakespeare.

This earl was of great courage, and for this cause much loved of his soldiers, to whom he was no less loving again. Hayward .

2. Expressing kindness.

The king took her in his arms till she came to herself and comforted her with loving words. Esth. xv. 8.


LO’VINGKINDNESS. n.s. Tenderness; favour; mercy. A scriptural word.

Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies, and thy loving-kindness. Psalms.

He has adapted the arguments of obedience to the imperfection of our understanding, requiring us to consider him only under the amiable attributes of goodness and loving-kindness, and to adore him as our friend and patron. Rogers .


LO’VINGLY. adv. [from loving] Affectionately; with kindness.

The new king, having no less lovingly performed all duties to him dead than alive, pursued on the siege of his unnatural brother, as much for the revenge of his father, as for the establishing of his own quiet. Sidney .

It is no great matter to live lovingly with good natured and meek persons; but he that can do so with the froward and perverse, he only hath true charity. Taylor .

LO’VINGNESS. n.s. [from loving.] Kindness; affection.



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