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Surprisal   Listen
Surprisal  n.  The act of surprising, or state of being surprised; surprise. "How to secure the lady from surprisal." "Because death is uncertain, let us prevent its surprisal."

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"Surprisal" Quotes from Famous Books

... next his creed that no coward can be an honest man, and dare die in it. He doth not think, his body yields a more spreading shadow after a victory than before; and when he looks upon his enemy's dead body 'tis a kind of noble heaviness—no insultation. He is so honourably merciful to women in surprisal, that only that makes him an excellent courtier. He knows the hazard of battles, not the pomp of ceremonies, are soldiers' best theatres, and strives to gain reputation, not by the multitude but by the greatness of his actions. He is the first in giving the ...
— Character Writings of the 17th Century • Various

Words linked to "Surprisal" :   disruption, perturbation

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