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Sweetness, the quality of being sweet, in its proper and its figurative sense: “having felt the s. of the spoil,” Ven. 553. “thy looks should nothing thence but s. tell,” Sonn. 93, 12. “being full of your s., to bitter sauces did I frame my feeding,” 118, 5. “they surfeited with honey and began to loathe the taste of s.” H4A III, 2, 72. “how hast thou with jealousy infected the s. of affiance,” H5 II, 2, 127. “some joy too fine, tuned too sharp in s.” Troil. III, 2, 25. “our lives' s.” Lr. V, 3, 184. (joys) “drown me with their s.” Per. V, 1, 196. Peculiar expression: “to remit their saucy s. that do coin heaven's image in stamps that are forbid,” Meas. II, 4, 45; i. e. the sweet pleasure in which they saucily indulged.
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