Johnson's Dictionary - Respect

How much this is in every man’s power, by making resolutions to himself, is easy to try. Locke.

The mode of the will, which answers to dubitation, may be called suspension; that which answers to invention, resolution: and that which, in the phantastick will, is obstinacy, is constancy in the intellectual. Grew.

5. Constancy; firmness; steadiness in good or bad

The rest of the Helots, which were otherwise scattered, bent thitherward, with a new life of resolution; as if their captain had been a root, out of which their courage had sprung. Sidney .

I would unstate myself to be in a due resolution. Shakesp.

They, who governed the parliament, had the resolution to act those monstrous things. Clarendon.

What reinforcement we may gain from hope,

If not what resolutions from despair. Milton .

6. Determination of a cause in courts of justice.

Nor have we all the acts of parliament or of judicial resolutions, which might occasion such alteration. Hale.


RE’SOLUTIVE. adj. [resolutus, lat. resolutis, Fr.] having the power to dissolve.


RE’SONANCE. n.s [from resono, Lat.] Sound; resound.

An ancient musician informed me, that there were some famous lutes that attained not their full seasoning and best resonance, till they were about fourscore years old. Boyle.

His volant touch

Fled and pursu’d transverse the resonant fugue. Milton .


To RESO’RT. v.n. [ressortir, Fr.]

1. To have recourse.

The king thought it time to resort to other counsels, and to provide force to chastise them, who had so much despised all his gentler remedies. Clarendon.

2. To go publickly.

Thither shall all the valiant youth resort,

And form his memory inflame their breasts

To matchless valour. Milton .

Hither the heroes and the nymphs resort. Pope.

3. To repair to.

The sons of light

Hasted, resorting to the summons high. Milton .

To Argos ’ realms the victor god resorts,

And enters cold Crotopus’ humble courts. Pope.

4. To fall back. In law.

The inheritance of the son never resorted to the mother, or to any of her ancestors, but both were totally excluded from the succession. Hale.


RESO’RT. n.s. [from the verb.]

1. Frequency; assembly; meeting.

Unknown, unquestion’d in that thick resort. Dryden.

2.Concourse; confluence.

The like places of resort are frequented by men out of place. Swift.

3. Act of visiting.

Join with me to forbid him her resort. Shakesp.

4. [Ressort, Fr.] Movement; active power; spring.

Some know the resorts and falls of business, that cannot sink into the main of it. Bacon.

In fortune’s empire blindly thus we go,

We wander after pathless destiny,

Whose dark resorts since prudence cannot know,

In vain it would provide for what shall be. Dryden.


To RESOU’ND. v.a. [resono, Lat. resonner, Fr.]

1. To echo; to sound back; to celebrate by sound.

The sweet singer of Israel with his psaltery loudly resounded the innumerable benefits of the Almighty Creator. Peacham.

The sound of hymns, wherewith they throne

Incompass’d shall resound thee ever blest. Milton .

2. To sound; to tell so as to be heard far.

The man, for wisdom’s various arts renown’d,

Long exercis’d in woes, oh muse! resound. Pope.

3. To return sounds; to sound with any noise.

With other echo late I taught your shades,

To answer and resound far other song. Milton .


To RESOU’ND. v.n. To be echoed back.

What resounds in fable or romance of Uther’s sons. Milt.

What is common fame, which sounds from all quarters of the world, and resounds back to them again, but generally a loud, rattling, impudent lye? South.


RESOU’RCE. n.s. [It is commonly written ressource, which see: ressource, Fr. Skinner derives it from resoudre, Fr. to spring up.]

Some new or unexpected means that offer; resort; expedient.

Pallas view’d

His foes pursuing, and his friends pursu’d;

Us’d threatnings, mix’d with pray’rs, his last resource;

With these to move their minds, with those to fire their force. Dryden.


To RESO’W. v.a. [re and sow.] To sow anew.

Over wet at sowing time breedeth much dearth, insomuch as they are forced to resow summer corn. Bacon.


To RESPEA’K. v.n. [re and speak.] To answer.

The great cannon to the clouds shall tell,

And the king’s rowse the heav’n shall bruit again,

Respeaking earthly thunder. Shakespeare.


To RESPE’CT. v.a. [respectus, Latin]

1. To regard; to have regard to.

Claudio, I quake,

Lest thou should’st seven winters more respect

Than a perpetual honour. Shakespeare.

In orchards and gardens we don not so much respect beauty, as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs. Bacon.

2. [Respecter, Fr.] To consider with a lower degree of reverence.

There is nothing more terrible to a guilty heart, than the eye of a respected friend. Sidney .

Whoever tastes, let him with grateful heart

Respect that ancient loyal house. Philips.

I always loved and respected Sir William. Swift to Gay.

3. To have relation to.

4. To look toward.

The needle doth vary, as it approacheth the pole; whereas, were there such direction from the rocks, upon a nearer approachment, it would more directly respect them. Brown.

Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the south, that in the first angle it receive the rising rays of the winter sun, and decline a little from the winter setting thereof. Brown.


RESPE’CT. n.s. [respect, Fr. respectus, Lat.]

1. Regard, attention.

You have too much respect upon the world;

They lose it, that do buy it with much care. Shakesp.

I love

My country’s good with a respect more tender

Than mine own life. Shakespeare.

2. Reverence; honour.

You know me dutiful, therefore

Let me not shame respect; but give me leave

To take that course by your consent and voice. Shakesp.

Æneas must be drawn a suppliant to Dido, with respect in his gestures, and humility in his eyes. Dryden.

I found the king abandon’d to neglect;

Seen without awe, and serv’d without respect. Prior.

3. Awful kindness.

He, that will have his son have a respect for him, must have a great reverence for his son. Locke.

4. Good-will.

Pembroke has got

A thousand pounds a year, for pure respect;

No other obligation?

That promises more thousands. Shakespeare.

The Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. Gen. iv.

5. Partial regard.

It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. Prov.

6. Reverend character.

Many of the best respect in Rome,

Groaning under this age’s yoke,

Have wish’d that noble Brutus had his eyes. Shakesp.

7. Manner of treating others.

You must use them with fit respects, according to the bonds of nature; but you are of kin to their person, not errors. Bacon.

The duke’s carriage was to the gentlemen of fair respect, and bountiful to the soldier, according to any special value which he spied in any. Wotton.

8. Consideration; motive.

Whatsoever secret respects were likely to move them, for contenting of their minds, Calvin returned. Hooker.

The love of him, and this respect beside;

For that my grandsire was an Englishman,

Awakes my conscience to confess all this. Shakesp.

Since that respects of fortune are his love,

I shall not be his wife. Shakespeare.

9. Relation; regard.

In respect of the suitors which attend you, do them what right in justice, and with as much speed as you may. Bacon.

I have represented to you the excellency of the christian religion, in respect of its clear discoveries of the nature of God, and in respect of the perfection of its laws. Tillotson.

Every thing which is imperfect, as the world must be acknowledged in many respects, had some cause which produced it. Tillotson.

They believed but one supreme deity, which, with respect to the various benefits men received from him, had several titles. Tillotson.


RESPE’CTER. n.s. [from respect.] One that has partial regard.

Neither is any condition more honourable in the sight of God than another, otherwise he would be a respecter of persons; for he hath proposed the same salvation to all. Swift.


RESPE’CTFUL. adj. [respect and full.] Ceremonious; full of outward civility.

Will you be only, and for ever mine?

From this dear bosom shall I ne’er be torn?

Or you grow cold, respectful, or forsworn.

With humble joy, and with respectful fear,

The list’ning people shall his story hear. Prior.


RESPE’CTFULLY. adv. [from respectful.] With some degree of reverence.

To your glad genius sacrifice this day,

Let common meats respectfully give way. Dryden.




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