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Property, 1) particularity, individuality: “p. was thus appalled, that the self was not the same,” Phoen. 37.
2) particular quality: it (the diamond) “was beautiful and hard, whereto his invised --es did tend,” Compl. 212. “of government the --es to unfold,” Meas. I, 1, 3. “whose liquor hath this virtuous p.” Mids. III, 2, 367. “the p. of rain is to wet,” As III, 2, 27. “if I break time, or flinch in p. of what I spoke,” All's II, 1, 190. “the p. by what it is should go, not by the title,” II, 3, 137. R2 III, 2, 135. H4B IV, 3, 111. Hml. II, 1, 103. III, 2, 270. V, 1, 75. Oth. I, 1, 173. Ant. I, 1, 58.
3) ownership: “here I disclaim all my paternal care, propinquity and p. of blood,” Lr. I, 1, 116.
4) a thing owned, possession: “a king, upon whose p. and most dear life a damned defeat was made,” Hml. II, 2, 597.
5) a thing wanted for a particular purpose, a tool, implement: “'tis a thing impossible I should love thee but as a p.” Wiv. III, 4, 10 (as a means to get rid of my debts). “do not talk of him but as a p.” Caes. IV, 1, 40. Plur. --es == stage requisites: “get us --es and tricking for our fairies,” Wiv. IV, 4, 78. “I will draw a bill of --es, such as our play wants,” Mids. I, 2, 108.
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