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ADJECTIVES superlative in -est after -ent, -ing, -ed, -ect

The superlative inflection est is found after-ent,-ing,-ed, -ect. Thus, "violentest" (Coriol. iv. 6. 73); "cursedst" (M. of V. ii. 1. 46); "lyingest" (T. of Sh. i. 2. 25); "perfectest," (Macb. i. 5. 2).

This use of -est and -er (see 7) is a remnant of the indiscriminate application of these inflections to all adjectives which is found in Early English. Thus, in Piers Plowman, we have "avarousere" (B. i. 189), "merveillousest" (B. viii. 68).

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