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ADJECTIVES singular used as nouns

Adjectives are frequently used for Nouns, even in the singular.

“A sudden pale usurps her cheek.

“Every Roman's private (privacy or private interest).” B. J. Sejan. iii. 1.

“'Twas caviare to the general.

“Truth lies open to all. It is no man's several.” B. J. Disc. 742 b.

“Before these bastard signs of fair (beauty) were born.

So "fair befal," Rich. II. ii. 1. 129; Rich. III. i. 3. 282. But see 297.

“Till fortune, tired with doing bad,
Threw him ashore to give him glad.

“That termless (indescribable) hand
Whose bare outbragg'd the web it seem'd to wear.

“In few=in short.

; Temp. i. 2. 144.

“Small (little) have continual plodders ever won.

“By small and small.

; Rich. III. i. 3. 111.

“Say what you can, my false o'erweighs your true.

“I'll make division of my present (money) with you.

If the text were correct, the following would be an instance of an adjective inflected like a noun:

“Have added feathers to the learned's wing.

But probably the right reading is "learned'st."

"Wont," the noun (Hamlet, i. 4. 6), is a corruption from "woned," from the verb "wonye" E. E., "wunian" A.-S., "to dwell." Compare ἦθος.

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