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effect sb. (meaning ‘result, consequence’ is freq. and colours many exx. given below; quibbles are freq.)
1. contemplated result, purpose, end Gent. II. vii. 73, 1H6 V. iv. 102, Oth. I. iii. 105; “to ,” to the purpose Tit. IV. iii. 59, Lr. III. i. 52.
2. drift, tenor AYL. IV. iii. 36, John IV. i. 38, H5 V. ii. 72 “tenours and particular e-s,” Cæs. I. ii. 284 “To what effect?,” Ham. I. iii. 45, V. ii. 37.
3. outward sign, manifestation, appearance Meas. III. i. 24, Ado II. iii. 119 “what e-s of passion shows she?,” H5 V. ii. 240 “the poor . . . of my visage,” H8 II. iv. 84, Mac. V. i. 12*, Lr. I. i. 133, Compl. 202 “Effects of terror and dear modesty.”
4. something acquired by an action (S.) Ham. III. iii. 54 “I am still possess'd Of those effects.”
5. execution, accomplishment, fulfilment, realization Gent. I. i. 50*, Meas. II. i. 13 “attain'd the of your own purpose,” Mac. I. v. 48, Lr. IV. ii. 15, Ant. V. ii. 332 “thy thoughts Touch their effects.”
6. practical reality, fact Troil. V. iii. 110*.
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