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Cross, subst. 1) the ensign of the Christian religion: Err. II, 1, 79. Merch. V, 31. R2 IV, 94. H4A I, 1, 20. H4A I, 1, 20 II, 4, 372.*Used as the emblem of human suffering: Sonn. 34, 12. 42, 12. Mids. I, 1, 153. R2 IV, 241.
2) any thing that thwarts, vexation, hinderance, mischance: “I see what --es my attempt will bring,” Lucr. 491. “a thousand --es keep them from thy aid,” Lucr. 491 “one silly c. wrought all my loss,” Pilgr. 257. Ado II, 2, 4. Mids. I, 1, 136. As V, 4, 137. R2 II, 2, 79. H4B III, 1, 55. R3 III, 1, 4. Lr. V, 3, 278. Per. II, 1, 127.
3) money stamped with the figure of a cross: “--es love not him,” LLL I, 2, 36. “I should bear no c. if I did bear you,” As II, 4, 12. “you are too impatient to bear --es,” H4B I, 2, 253.
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