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PREFIXES. A-; all-to-; at-; be-; dis-

At- in "attask'd," Lear, i. 4. 366 ("task'd," "blamed"), perhaps represents the O.E. intensive prefix "of," which is sometimes changed into "an-," "on-," or "a-." But the word is more probably a sort of imitation of the similar words "attach" and "attack."

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