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And for he n'ill be importune
and fit on the chase in order to carry the form s Unto no wight, ne onerous,
to press. Impose, a command or injunction. Nor of hire godesse covetous.
Imposeable, to be laid as obligatory on any one. Chaucer. Romaunt of the Rose.
Imposer, one who enjoins. Imposition, the act And the armies of their creatures all, and some
of laying any thing on another; of annexing; inDo serve to them, and with importune might
junction; constraint; oppression; cheat; imWar against us the vassals of their will. Spenser.
posture; a supernumerary exercise enjoined on But the sage wizard telles (as she has redd)
scholars as a punishment. Impost, a tax; a toll; That it importunes death and doleful diery hedd.
a custom paid: in architecture, that part of a Id. Faerie Queene.
pillar, in vaults and arches, on which the weight If fortuned, whilest she stify strove, And the wide sea importuned long space
of the whole building lieth. Impostor, one who With shrilling shriekes Proteus abrode did rove,
cheats by a fictitious character. Imposture, a * Along the fiery waves driving his finny drove. Id. fraud, cheat, or deception, committed by giving
The palmer bent his ear unto the noise, to persons or things a false character. To weet who called so importunely:
It shall not be lawful to impose toll upon them, Again he heard a more efforced voice,
Ezra vii. That bade him come in haste.
Yet greatly did the Beast repine at those Overcome with the importunity of his wife, a wo- Straunge hands, whose like till then he never bore, man of a haughty spirit, he altered his former pur- Ne ever any durst till then impose. pose.
Spenser's Faerie Queene. Against all sense you do importune her. Shakspeare. There was a thorough way made by the sword for
I was in debt to my importunate business, but he the imposing of the laws upon them. Id. on Ireland. would not hear my excuse.
Id. What good or evil is there under the sun, what acHenry, king of England, needed not to have be- tion correspondent or repugnant unto the law which stowed such great sums, nor so to have busied himself God hath imposed upon his creatures, but in or upon with importune and incessant labour, to compass my it God doth work, according to the law which himself death and ruin, if I had been a feigned person. hath eternally purposed to keep.
Hooker. Bacon's Henry VII.
According to your ladyship's impose If he espied any lewd gaiety in his fellow-servants, I am thus early come.
Shakspeare. his master should straightways know it, and not rest I f a son do fall into a lewd action, the imputation, free from importuning, until the fellow had put away by your rule, should be imposed upon his father. Id. his fault.
Carew. The first imposition of names was grounded, among Their pertinacity is such, that when you drive them all natinns, upon future good hope conceived of chilout of one form, they assume another; and are so dren.
Camden. importunately troublesome, as makes many think it Taxes and imposts upon merchants do seldom good impossible to be freed from them.
Duppa. to the king's revenue; for that that he wins in the The constitutions that the apostles made concerning hundred, he loseth in the shire.
Bacon. deacuns and widows, are, with much importunity, but From imposition of strict laws, to free very importunely urged by the disciplinarians,
Acceptance of large grace ; from servile fear
Sanderson. To filial; works of law, to works of faith. Milton. Thrice I deluded her, and turned to sport
This cannot be allowed, except we impute that unto Her importunity.
the first cause which we impose uot on the second ; or, No fair to thine
what we deny unto nature, we impute unto nativity Equivalent, or second! which compelled
Browne. Me thus, though importune perhaps, to come
The universities' sufferings might be manifested to And gaze and worship thee.
all nations, and the imposers of these oaths might reThe same airs which some eutertain with most
Walton. delightful transports to others are importune.
Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws,
And by that justice bast removed the cause. Waller.
The imposition of the name is grounded only upon You importune it with a false desire. Dryden. the predominancy of that element, whose name is Every one hath experimented this troublesome in. as
ascribed to it. trusion of some frisking ideas, which thus importune Physicians and philosophers have suffered themthe understanding, and hinder it from being employed. selves to be so far imposed upon as to publish chymical Locke. experiments which they never tried.
ld. A rule restrains the most imporlunate appetites of Christianity hath hardly imposed any other laws our nature.
Rogers. upon us, but what are enacted in our natures, or are We have been obliged to hire troops from several agreeable to the prime and fundamental laws of it. princes of the empire, whose ministers and residents
Tulotsım here perpetually importuned the court with unreason- 'To tyrants others have their country sold, able demands.
Swifi. Imposing foreign lords for foreign gold. IMPOSE', v. a. & n. s.) Fr. imposer, impo
Dryden's Æneid. IMPOSE' ABLE, adj. sition, imposte, impos
Impose but your commands, IMPO'ser, n. s. lteur. Lat. in and This hour shall bring you twenty thousand hands. IMPOSI'tion, n. S. pono. Imposition, to
It was neither imposed on me, nor so much as the I M'POST, n. s. lay on as a burden; subject given ine by any man.
Id. I M'POSTS, n. s. | a penalty: 10 enjoin as
Our poet thinks not fit IMPOS'TOR, n. S.
a duty; to fix on, or To impose upon you what he writes for wit. L. IMPOS'TURE, n. s. impute to; to obtrude The constraint of receiving and holding opinions by · fallaciously ; to deceive, when used with on: authority was rightly called imposition. Iwcke. among printers, to put the pages on the stone, He that thinks the name centaur stands for suar
: al being, imposes on himself, and mistakes words for IMPOS'SIBLE, adj.) Fr. impossible ; Lat. zains.
li. IMPOSSIBILITY, 11. s. s impossibilis. Not to be We know how successful the late usurper was, done or attained; impracticable; the state of while his army bohieved him rcal in his zeal against being not feasible: that which is bevond our kingstip; but when they found out the imposture, upon bis aspiring to the same hinself, he was presently
. With men this is impossible : but with God all things deserted, and n ver able to crown his usurped greatnens with that title.
Mat. xix. 26. South.
It was impossible that the state should continue Shame and pain, poverty and sickness, yea death
2 Vac. and hell itsell, ire but the trophies of those fatal con
Of hir delite, or joies, one of the lest quests got by that grand impostor, the devil, over the
Were impossible to iny wit to saie. deluded sons of men.
Charcer. Troilus and Creseide. They were not simply imposcable on any particular
For, trusteth wel, it is impossible man, farther than he was a member of some church.
That any clerk wol speken good of wives,
(Bul--if it be of holy seintes lives) The second part of confirmation is the prayer or
Ne of none other woman never the mo. benediction of the bishop, made more solemn by the
Id. Prologue to the Wif of Bathes Tale. imposition of hands.
Though men do, without ofience, wish daily that On impious realms and barbarous kings impose the atlairs, which with evil success are past, might Thy plagues, and curse them with such ills as thosc. have failen out much better, yet to pray that they
Pope. may have been any other than they are, this being a A greater load has been laid on us than we have manifest impossibility in itself, the rules of religion do been able to bear, and the grossest impositions have not permit.
Hooker. been submitted to, in order to forward the dangerous Admit all these impossibilities and great absurdities designs of a faction. Swift. to be possible and convenient.
Whitgifte. Let it not be made, contrary to its own nature, the
Let the inutinous winds occasion of strife, a narrow spirit, and unreasonable
Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun, imponitions on the inind and practice.
Murdering impossibility, to make
What cannot be, slight work. Shakspeare. And fill the world with follies and impostures. Irene.
Dificult it is, lut not impossible. Chillingworth. for she was one
Impossibilities! oh 10, there's none, Fit for the model of a statuary,
Could I bring thy hart captive home. Cowley. A race of more impostors, when all's done.
Simple Philoclea, it is the impossibility that dotki Byron. Don Juan torment me; for unlawful desires are punished after I see the colour comes
the effect of enjoying, but impossible desires in the de. Back to your cheek : Heaven send you strength to sire itself.
It is impossible the mind should be stopped any What more may be imposed! Id. The Two Foscari. here in its progress in this space, how far soever it
t'xtends its thoughts.
Locke. IMPOSITION OF HANDS, a religious ceremony, We cannot believe it impossible to God to make a by which a bishop lays his hand or hands on the creature with more ways to convey into the underhead of a person, in ordination, confirmation, or standing the notice of corporeal things than five. It in uttering a blessing. This practice is also fre- Those who assert the impossibility of space existing quently observed by dissenters at the ordination without matter, must make body intinite. Id. of their ministers, when all the ministers present
liny thoughts dieceive place their hands on the head of him whom they With hope of things impossible to find. are ordaining, while one of them prays for à They confound difficulty with iin possibility. South. blessing on him and on his future labors. It is
When we see a man with like passions and weak. also used by some dissenting churches on the
ness with ourselves going before us in the paths of the reception of each member, and as a mode
duty, it confutes all lazy pretences of impossibility.
Rogers. of invoking the blessing and Spirit of God,
on, "Twere impossible for any enterprise to be lawful, if grounded on leb. vi. 2. They are not, however, that which should legitimate it is subsequent to it. agreed as to the propriety of this ceremony; por
Decay of Piety. do they consider it as an essential part of ordin is il not recommended to those who study to excel nation. Imposition of hands was a Jewish in any art or science, that they form themselves after ceremony, introduced not by any divine autho- the most perfect models, even although it be morally rity, but ly custom; it being the practice among impossible for them (Ver to attain the perfection of those people, whenever they prayed to God, for these models ?
Beattie. any person to lay their hands on bis head. Our IMPOSSIBILITY is either physical or moral. Saviour observed the same custom, both when Voral impossibility is when any thing, in its he conferrell his blessing on children, and when own nature, is possible, but yet is attended with he cured the sick; ailding prayer to the cere, such difficulties, as that, all things considered, it mony. The apostles likewise laid hands on those appears impossible. Thus it is morally imposupon whom they bestowed the Holy Ghost. The sible that a man should throw the same number Jewish priests observed the same custom when with three dice 100 times successively. Physical any one was received into their body. Anil the impossibility is that which is contrary to the law apostles themselves underwent the imposition of of nature, and which, therefore, cannot by any hands afresh when they entered upon any new means or method within our conception possibly undertaking. In the ancient church, imposition be accomplished. of hands was even practised on persons when Impost, in law, is particularly applied to that they married, which custom the Abyssinians lax which the crown receives for merchandises still observe.
imported into any port or haven.
IMPOSTHUMATE, v. n. & ) This seems Although in dreadful whirls he hung,
formed by cor
I knew thou wert not slow to hear, ruption from impostem, as South writes it; and
Nor impotent to save. Addison's Spectator.
God is a friend and a father, whose care supplies impostem to have been written erroneously for
our wants, and defends our impotence, and from apostem, Gr. árosnya, an abscess.-Johnson.
whose compassion in Christ we hope for eternal glory These are old medicinal words now out of use.
Rogers. To form an abscess or cyst, containing purulent
Weakness, or the impotence of exercising animal matter : the act of forming an abscess, or the motion, attends fevers.
Arbuthnot. state in which it is formed.
This is not a restraint or impotency, but the royal Now rotten diseases, ruptures, catarrhs, and blad- prerogative of the most absolute king of kings; that ders full of imposthumes, make preposterous discove he wills to do nothing but what he can; and that he ries.
Shakspeare. can do nothing which is repugnant to his divine goodHe that maketh the wound bleed inwards, endanness.
Bentley. gereth malign ulcers and pernicious imposthumations.
Dulness with obscenity must prove
As hateful sure, as impotence in love. Pope. Humours of tongues imposthumcd purged with
To a mind resolved and wise shame are mended
There is an impotence in misery Fletcher. The Purple Island. Which makes me smile, when all its shafts are in me. Fumes cannot transude through the bag of an im
Young's Revenge. posthume.
Harvey. IMPOTENCE, in moral agency. Divines and An error in the judgment is like an impostem in the philosophers distinguish two sorts of impotency; head, which is always noisome, and frequently mortal. natural and moral. The first is a want of some
South. physical principle, necessary to an action; or The bruise imposthumated, and afterwards turned to
where a being is absolutely defective, or not free a stinking ulcer, which made every body shy to come
and at liberty to act; the second imports a want near her.
Arbuthnot. They would not fy that surgeon, whose lancet of will, and sometimes only a great difficulty; as a threatens none but the imposthumated parts.
strong habit to the contrary, a violent passion, &c.
Decay of Piety. IMPOTENCE is a canonical disability, to avoid IM'POTENCE, n. s.) Fr. impotent ; Lat. marriage in the spiritual court. The marriage IM'POTENCY, n. 8. (impotens ; in and po- 13 not void ab initio, but voidable only by senI M'POTENT, adj. itens. Weak ; feeble; ter
be weak fehle tence of separation during the life of the parties. I M'POTENTLY, adv. disabled by nature or
IMPOUND', v. a. To enclose as in a pound; disease in body or c:ind; without power of re
to confine or shut up in a penfold. straint; without power of propagation. Impo
Hath taken and impounded as a stray tently, powerlessly; feebly.
The king. : Shakspeare. Henry V. In those porches lay a great multitude of impotent The great care was rather how to impound the refolk, of blind, halt, and withered. John v. 3. bels, that none of them might escape, than that any There sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, being doubt was made to vanquish them.
Bacon. a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had
Seeing him wander about, I took him up for a stray, walked.
Acts xiv. and impounded him, with intention to restore him to But impotence with her owne wilfull hands the right owner.
Dryden. One of Maleger's cursed darts did take,
IMPOW'ER. See EMPOWER. So ryved her trembling hart, and wicked end did IMPRACTICABLE, adj. 1 Fr. impracticamake. Spenser's Faerie Queene.
IMPRACTICABLENESS, n. s. I ble ; in and practiWe that are strong must bear the imbecility of the cable; Gr. xoayua. Not to be performed : impotent, and not please ourselves. Hooker..
et.. untractable; unmanageable; stubborn: an imI have learned that fearful commenting Is leden servitor to dull delay ;
And yet this tough impracticable heart Delay leads impotent and pale-faced beggary.
Is governed by a dainty-fingered girl.
Rowe's Jane Shore.
Had there not been still remaining bodies, the le
gitimate offsprings of the antediluvian earth, 'twould
Milton. Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire,
have been an extravagant and impracticable undertakBelike through impotence, or unaware,
ing to have gone about to determine any thing conTo give his enemies their wish, and end
Woodward. Thom in his anger, whom his anger saves
To preach up the necessity of that which our expeTo punish endless ?
rience tells us is utterly impracticable, were to affright
mankind with the terrible prospect of universal damThe impotent poor might be relieved, and the idlo
Rogers. forced to labour.
I do not know a greater mark of an able minister With jealous eyes at distance she had seen,
than that of rightly adapting the several faculties of Whispering with Jove, the silver-footed queen ;
men, uor is any thing more to be lamented than the Then impotent of tongue, her silence broke, Thus turbulent in rattling tone she spoke.
impructicableness of doing this.
IMPRECA'TION, n. s. Lat. imprecor, inrpreYour beauty and my impotence of mind. Id. I M'PRECATORY, adj. catio. To call for a He told beau Prim, who is thought impotent, ibat curse, or any evil, on one's self or others : an imhis mistress would not have tim, because he is a slo. precation is a prayer, always used in a bad ven, and committed a rape.
Tatler. sense; a wish for evil.
My mother shall the horrid furies raise
The man's affection remains wholly unconcanc: With imprecations.
Chapman's Odyssey. and impregnable ; just like a rock, which, being plied Sir John Hotham, uncursed by any imprecation of continually by the waves, still throws them back again, mine, paid his own and his eldest son's heads. but is not at all moved.
South. King. IMPREJUDICATE, adj. Lat. in pra and With imprecations thus he filled the air,
judico. Unprejudiced; not prepossessed ; inAnd angry Neptune heard the unrighteous prayer.
No light, save yon faint gleam, which shews me The solid reason of one man with imprejudicate ap. walls
prehensions, begets as prin a belief as the authority or Which never echocd but in sorrow's sounds,
aggregated testimony of many hundreds. Browne. The sigh of long imprisonment, the step
IMPREPARATION, n. s. In and preparaOf feet on which the iron clanked, the groan
tion. Unpreparedness; want of preparation. Of death, the imprecation of despair.
Byron. The Two Foscari. Impreparation and unreadiness when they find in IMPREGN, v.a.
French im. us, they turn it to the soothing up of themselves. IMPREG'NATE, v. a. & adj. pregnable ; Lat.
Hooker. IMPREGNA’TION, n. s. Sin, pra, and old
IMPRESS, v.a. & n. s. ) Lat. impressum. Lat.geno. To fill with any matter or quality; to fill
IMPRESSION, n. s. (To print; stamp; with young; to make pregnant or prolific: im
im: IMPRESSIBLE, adj. fix deep; mark; pregnation, the act of making prolific; that with
IMPRESSURE, n.š. to force into sera which any thing is impregnated; saturation ; im
vice; now generally written press: impress is a pregnate, impregnated.
mark made by pressure ; effect of one substance
on another; mark of distinction; device; seizure: They ought to refer matters unto counsellors,
lors, impression, act of pressing; effect of pressure;
impres which is the first begetting or impregnation; but when
image in the mind; efficacious agency or influthey are elaborate in the womb of their counsel, and grow ripe to be brought forth, then they take the mat.
ence ; etlect of a military attack; an edition of ter back into their own hands.
a work : impressible, that may be impressed; In her ears the sound
soft; tender : impressure, the mark, dent, or imYet rung of his persuasive words, impregned
pression. With reason, to her seeming.
Hilton. Eke other sain, that through impressions, Hermaphrodites, although they iuclude the parts As if a wight hath fast a thing in minde, of both sexes, cannot impregnate themselves.
That thereof cometh soche avisions :
Browne. And other sain, as thei in bokes tinde, With native earth their blood the monsters mixed; That after times of the yere, by kinde, The blood, endued with animating heat,
Chaucer. Troilws and Crescide. Did in the impregnute earth new sons beget. Dryden.
And of hire loke, in him there gan lo quicken What could implant in the body such peculiar impregnations, as should have such power? Derham.
So grete desire and suche affection,
That in his hertes bottom, gan to sticken Christianity is of so prolific a nature, so ap! to impregnate the hearts and lives of its proselytes, that it
Of her his fixe and depe impressioun.
lit. is hard to imagine that any brauch should want a due And with meeke service and much suit did lav fertility.
Decay of Piety. Continuall siege unto her gentle hart;
Thomson, More eath was new impression to receive
However she her paynd with womanish art
To hide her wound that none might it perceive. From all the taints of common earth-while I
Spenser. Faerie Queene. Am softer clay, impregnated with flowers.
But nothing inight relent her hasty fight; Byron. Sardunapalus. So deepe the deadly feare of that foule swaine IMPREGʻNABLE, adj. Fr. imprenable ; Was eart impressed in her gentle spright. Id.
IN PREG'NABLY, udv. Lat. non-prehendus. So foul and ugly, that exceeding fear Not to be stormed or taken; unshaken; unmoved; Their visages imprest, when they approached near invincible: impregnably, defended in such man
Spenser. ner as to defy external force.
Lean but upon a rush, A castle strongly seated on a high rock, joincth by
The cicatrice and capable impressure an isthmus to the land, and is impregnably fortified. Thy palm some moments keeps. Shak-peute.
Ajax was here the voluntary, and you as under au Hast thou not him, and all
impress. Which he calls his, inclosed with a wall
Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task Of strength impregnable ?
Does not divide the Sunday from the week ? Id. Let us be backed with God, and with the seas,
Your ships are not well manned ; Which he hath given for fence impregnable,
Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people And with their helps alone defend ourselves.
Ingrossed by swift impress.
1. Antony and Cleopatra. Above the rest lifting his stately head
His age has charms in it, his title more, On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel
To pluck the common busoms on his side, Impregnable.
And turn our imprest launces in our eyes, Two giants kept themselves in a castle, seated upon Which do command them. Id. King Lear. the top of a rock, impregnable, because there was no Like to a chaos, or unlicked bear-whelp. coming to it but by one narrow path, where one man's That carries no impression like the dam. force was able to keep down an army. Sidncy.
This weak impress of love is as a figure commission, has been a matter of great dispute, Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat and submitted to with great reluctance. Sir Dişsolves to water.
Michael Foster attempts to prove, that the pracId. Two Gentlemen of Verona.
tice of impressing, and granting powers to the Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until
admiralty for that purpose, is of very ancient Great Birnam-wood to Dunsinane's high hill
date, and has been uniformly continued by a reShall come against him. ---That will never be :
gular series of precedents to the present time: Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
whence he concludes it to be part of the common Unfix his earth-bound root?
Id. Macbeth, law. The difficulty arises hence, that no statute To be distracted with many opinions, makes men
has expressly declared this power to be in the to be of the last impression, and full of change. crown, though many of them strongly imply it.
Bacon. The stat. 2 Řic. II., c. 4., speaks of mariners His spear a spit, a pot-lid broad bis shield, heing arrested and retained for the king's service, Whose smoky plain a chalked impresse filled ; as of a thing well known, and practised without A bag sure sealed : his word, much better than dispute; and provides a remedy against their spilled. Fletcher. The Purple Island,
running away. By a later statute, if any waterWhen God from earth formed Adam in the East, He his own image on the clay imprest.
man, who uses the river Thames, shall hide him
Denham. Ormond should contribute all he could for the self during the execution of any commission of making those levies of men, and for impressing of ships. pressing for the king's service, he is liable to
heavy penalties. By another (5 Eliz. c. 5) no The king had made him high sheriff of Sussex, that fisherman shall be taken by the queen's commisbe might the better make impression upon that county.
sion to serve as a mariner; but the commission
Id. shall be first brought to two justices of the peace, To describe emblazoned shields,
inhabiting near the sea coast where the mariners Impreses quaint, caparisons, and steeds, are to be taken, to the intent that the justices Bases, and tinsels, trappings.
may choose out and return such a number of For ten impressions, which his works have had in able-bodied men, as in the commission are conso many years, at present a hundred books are scarcely tained, to serve her majesty. And by others, purchased once a twelvemonth.
especial protections are allowed to seamen, in The conquering chief his foot imprest On tho strong neck of that destructive beast. ld.
particular circumstances, to prevent them froin Sensation is such an impression of motinn, made in being impressed. Ferrymen are also said to be some part of the body, as produces some perception privileged from being impressed at common in the understanding.
law. All which do most evidently imply a God, surveying the works of the creation, leaves power of impressing to reside somewhere; and us this general impress or character upon them, that if any where, it must, from the spirit of our conthey were exceeding good.
South. stitution, as well as from the frequent mention of They baving taken the impresses of the inside of the king's commission, reside in the crown alone. these shells with that exquisite niceness, as to express This method of manning the navy can be coneven the finest lineaments of them. Woodward.
sidered as only defensible from public necessity, Were the officers of religion stript of all the external decencies, they would not make a due impression The following persons are exempted from being
to which all private considerations must give way. on the mind.
We take care to improve in our frugality and dili. impressed : apprentices for three years ; the masgence; virtues which become us, particularly in timester, mate, and carpenter, and one man for every of war.
Id. 100 tons of vessels employed in the coal trade; Universal gravitation is above all mechanism, and all under eighteen years of age and above fiftyproceeds from a divine energy and impression. five; foreigners in merchant-ships and privateers;
Bentley landmen betaking themselves to sea for trvo The false representations of the kingdom's ene years ; seamen in the Greenland fishery, and mies had made some impression in the mind of the harpooners employed during the interval of the
Swift. fishing season in the coal trade, and giving secuWe should dwell upon the arguments, and impress rity to go to the fishing next season.
In cases the motives of persuasion upon our own hearta, 'till of threatened or actual invasion of a colony, or we feel the force of them.
other unforeseen necessity, commanders of ships Takes each impression, and is worked at pleasure.
of war there may, with consent of the governor Young
and council of the colony, press seamen, to make All vastness produces the impression of sublimity. up their usual complement. Such seamen to be It is to be remarked, however, that space, extended discharged, if they require it, when the service in length, makes not so strong an impression as height is performed. Captains refusing their discharge or depth.
Blair's Lectures. to pay the penalty of £50.
IMPRESSION is applied to the species of ob-
the senses, the mind, and the memory. The Byron. The Two Foscari,
Peripatetics assert, that bodies emit species reIt shows
sembling them, which are conveyed to the comThe impression of his former instances;
mon sensorium, and they are rendered intelliIf they were from his heart, he may be thankful; gible by the active intellect; and, when thus If not 'twill punish his hypocrisy. Byron.
spiritualised, are called expressions, or express IMPRESSING or SeAMEN. The power of im- . species, as being expressed from others. pressing seamen for the sea-service by the king's IMPRIMATUR, a Latin verb, signifying,