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Lofty, 1) towering, high: “the l. pine,” Lucr. 1167. Sonn. 12, 5. R2 III, 4, 35. H6B II, 3, 45. Cymb. V, 5, 453. “l. towers,” Sonn. 64, 3. “the l. surge,” H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. “of such a spacious l. pitch,” H6A II, 3, 55. Quibbling: “we are most l. runaways,” H5 III, 5, 35 (proud, and running away in high lavoltas).
2) proud, haughty; in a good sense: “they died in honour's l. bed,” Tit. III, 1, 11. In a bad sense: “l. proud encroaching tyranny,” H6B IV, 1, 96. “l. and sour to them that loved him not,” H8 IV, 2, 53.
3) sublime: “this was l.” Mids. I, 2, 41. “his humour is l.” LLL V, 1, 11. “shall this our l. scene be acted over,” Caes. III, 1, 112.
4) high-sounding: “sound all the l. instruments of war,” H4A V, 2, 98. “the cock doth with his l. and shrill-sounding throat awake the god of day,” Hml. I, 1, 151.
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