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ADJECTIVES One

One is used for "above all," or "alone," i.e. "all-one," in Elizabethan English with superlatives.

“He is one the truest manner'd.

“One the wisest prince.

“Have I spake one the least word.” Ib. 153. But in Early English one is thus used without a superlative: “He one is to be praised.” “I had no brother but him one.” “He was king one.

(Here Mr. Morris conjectures that the O. E. "ane" stands for A. -S. dative "an-um.")

So in Latin "justissimus unus;" and in Greek μόνος is similarly used. So "alone" = "above all things."

“That must needs be sport alone.

“I am alone the villain of the earth.

“So full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.

None. See 53.

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