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General, adj. 1) not particular or especial, but pertaining to or concerning all: with one consent and a g. acclamation the Tarquins were exiled, Lucr. Arg. Oth. IV, 2, 63 “the g. doom,” Oth. IV, 2, 63 Rom. III, 2, 67. cf. “the g. trumpet,” H6C V, 2, 43; “the g. all-ending day,” R3 III, 1, 78. “all these I better in one g. best,” Sonn. 91, 8 (== best in every respect). “unless this g. evil they maintain,” 121, 13 (badness of all mankind). “g. honour,” Meas. IV, 3, 141 (honour paid by everybody). “he is the g. challenger,” As I, 2, 180. “thou art a g. offence,” All's II, 3, 270. “in a g. voice,” H4B IV, 1, 136. “g. wreck,” H6A I, 1, 135. “a g. peace,” V, 4, 98. “their woes are parcelled, mine are g.” R3 II, 2, 81. “g. applause,” III, 7, 39. “a g. welcome from his grace salutes ye all,” H8 I, 4, 1. “this challenge, however it is spread in g. name, relates in purpose only to Achilles,” Troil. I, 3, 322. “I receive the g. food at first,” Cor. I, 1, 135. “the g. hunting in this forest,” Tit. II, 3, 59. “forgive my g. and exceptless rashness,” Tim. IV, 3, 502 (i. e. the opinion which I rashly formed of all mankind). “a g. shout,” Caes. I, 2, 132. “I drink to the g. joy of the whole table,” Mcb. III, 4, 89. “all you gods, in g. synod,” Hml. II, 2, 516. “never loved Cassio but with such g. warranty of heaven as I might love,” Oth. V, 2, 60 etc. “his attorneys g.” R2 II, 1, 203 (not partially commissioned, but trusted with all his interests). “heir g.” H5 I, 2, 66. “captain g.” Troil. III, 3, 279. “Rome hath sent one g. tongue unto us, this good man,” H8 II, 2, 96 (i. e. speaking in the name of the whole college). “collected for g. sovereignty,” All's I, 3, 230 (excellency in every respect). “whose private with me of the Dauphin's love is much more g. than these lines import,” John IV, 3, 17 (== goes greater lengths, is not so restricted as the contents of the letter). “thou wouldst have plunged thyself in g. riot,” Tim. IV, 3, 256 (wouldst have indulged every vice). “they confess toward thee forgetfulness too g. gross,” V, 1, 147 (thorough forgetfulness; Dyce: general-gross). “as broad and g. as the casing air,” Mcb. III, 4, 23 (i. e. as free to go everywhere).
2) ordinary, common: “too g. a vice,” Meas. III, 2, 106. “I knew it the most g. way,” Tim. II, 2, 209.
3) collective, whole, all: “our g. forces at Bridgenorth shall meet,” H4A III, 2, 178. “all our g. force might with a sally of the very town be buckled with,” H6A IV, 4, 3. “to square the g. sex by Cressid's rule,” Troil. V, 2, 132 (the whole female sex). “the blot and enemy to our g. name,” Tit. II, 3, 183. “a great abatement of kindness appears as well in the g. dependants as in the duke himself,” Lr. I, 4, 65. “if the g. camp had tasted her body,” Oth. III, 3, 345. cf. “the g. world,” LLL II, 11. As II, 7, 69.
4) in all, taken as a whole: “his g. behaviour vain, ridiculous,” LLL V, 1, 13. “commends the plot and the g. course of the action,” H4A II, 3, 23. “whose virtue and whose g. graces speak that which none else can utter,” Ant. II, 2, 132.
5) relating to the people or the politic community; common, public: “he did in the g. bosom reign of young, of old,” Compl. 127. “even so the g. subject to a well-wished king quit their own part,” Meas. II, 4, 27 (M. Edd. general, subject etc. cf. Subject). “g. ceremony,” H5 IV, 1, 256. “followed with the g. throng,” H5 IV, 1, 256. “to g. filths convert o' the instant, green virginity,” Tim. IV, 1, 6 (== common prostitutes). “cleave the g. ear with horrid speech,” Hml. II, 2, 589. “never alone did the king sigh, but with a g. groan,” III, 3, 23. “the other half comes to the g. state,” Merch. IV, 1, 371; cf. “concluded by Priam and the g. state of Troy,” Troil. IV, 2, 69; “the g. state can scarce entreat you to be odd with him,” IV, 5, 264. “to gripe the g. sway into your hand,” H4A V, 1, 57. “my brother g., the commonwealth,” H4B IV, 1, 94. “our g. grievances,” H4B IV, 1, 94 “every man . . . broke into a g. prophecy,” H8 I, 1, 92 (but this may as well be a prophecy pronounced by everybody). “you will rather show our g. louts how you can frown,” Cor. III, 2, 66. cf. III, 1, 146. V, 3, 6. Tim. IV, 3, 160. “though in g. part we were opposed,” V, 2, 7 (i. e. in politics). “did the g. coffers fill,” Caes. III, 2, 94. “in a g. honest thought and common good to all,” V, 5, 71 (== with true public spirit). “disbursed ten thousand dollars to our g. use,” Mcb. I, 2, 62. “the g. cause, or is it a fee-grief?” IV, 3, 196. “we must emply you against the g. enemy,” Oth. I, 3, 49. “the g. care,” Oth. I, 3, 49 “alike conversant in g. services, and more remarkable in single oppositions,” Cymb. IV, 1, 13.
Adverbially: “should go so g. current,” H4A IV, 1, 5.
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