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Ending, subst. 1) close, conclusion: “the world hath e. with thy life,” Ven. 12. my e. is despair, Tp. Epil. Ven. 12 “here our play has e.” Per. V, 3, 102.
2) destruction, death: “the sad dirge of her certain e.” Lucr. 1612. “the e. of mortality,” John V, 7, 5. “the king is not bound to answer the particular --s of his soldiers,” H5 IV, 1, 164. “to the e. of the world,” IV, 3, 58.
3) termination: “a babbling rhyme; very ominous --s,” Ado V, 2, 40.
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