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Copy, subst., 1) the original, the archetype, that from which a transcript or print is made: “thou shouldst print more, not let that c. die,” Sonn. 11, 14. “we took him setting of boys' --ies,” H6B IV, 2, 95.
2) example: “such a man might be a c. to these younger times,” All's I, 2, 46. “the c. of your speed was learned by them,” John IV, 2, 113. “he was the mark and glass, c. and book, that fashioned others,” H4B II, 3, 31. “be c. now to men of grosser blood,” H5 III, 1, 24. -- Perhaps also == a law to be followed, a rule to be observed: “it was the c. of our conference,” Err. V, 62. “takes virtuous --ies to be wicked,” Tim. III, 3, 32.
3) a transcript, or a book printed after the original; properly and tropically: “almost the c. of my child,” Ado V, 1, 298. “and leave the world no c.” Tw. I, 5, 261. All's IV, 3, 355. Wint. I, 2, 122. II, 3, 99.
4) copyhold, tenure: “but in them nature's c. is not eterne,” Mcb. III, 2, 38.
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