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ADJECTIVES compounded

Adjectives compounded. Hence two adjectives were freely combined together, the first being a kind of adverb qualifying the second. Thus:

“I am too sudden-bold.


“More active-valiant or more valiant-young.



See ib. v. 1. 60.

“He lies crafty-sick.

“I am too childish-foolish for this world.

“You are too senseless-obstinate, my lord.

“That fools should be so deep-contemplative.

Glouc. Methinks the ground is even.
Edg. Horrible-steep.

In the last example it is hard to decide whether the two adjectives are compounded, or (which is much more probable) "horrible" is a separate word used as in (1) for "horribly," as in T. N. iii. 4. 196. In the West of England "terrible" is still used in this adverbial sense.

There are some passages which are only fully intelligible when this combination is remembered:

“A strange tongue makes my cause more strange-suspicious.

Erase the usual comma after "strange."

“Here is a silly-stately style indeed.


“He only in a general-honest thought.

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