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ADJECTIVES comparative and superlative, pleonastically used

Comparative and superlative doubled.--The inflections -er and -est, which represent the comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives, though retained, yet lost some of their force, and sometimes received the addition of more, most, for the purpose of greater emphasis.

“A more larger list of sceptres.

“More elder.

“More better.

“More nearer.

“Thy most worst.

“More braver.

“With the most boldest.

“Most unkindest.

“To some more fitter place.

“I would have been much more a fresher man.

Ben Jonson speaks of this as "a certain kind of English atticism, imitating the manner of the most ancientest and finest Grecians."--B. J. 786. But there is no ground for thinking that this idiom was the result of imitating Greek. We find Bottom saying:

“The more better assurance.

Note the anomaly:

“Less happier lands.

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