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Generation, 1) the act of begetting, procreation: “the work of g.” Merch. I, 3, 83. “is this the g. of love?” Troil. III, 1, 144.
2) propagation: “heir from heir shall hold this quarrel up whiles England shall have g.” H4B IV, 2, 49. “the gods revenge it upon me and mine to the end of g.” Per. III, 3, 25.
3) one gradation in the scale of genealogical descent: “on him, being but the second g. removed from thy womb,” John II, 181.
4) the people of the same period; an age: “undo a whole g.” Per. IV, 6, 4.
5) progeny, offspring: “to bring false --s,” Wint. II, 1, 148. “these two beget a g. of still-breeding thoughts,” R2 V, 5, 8. “is love a g. of vipers?” Troil. III, 1, 146. “he that makes his g. messes,” Lr. I, 1, 119.
6) race, kind: “our human g.” Tp. III, 3, 33. “ere twice the sun hath made his journal greeting to the under g.” Meas. IV, 3, 93. “thy mother is of my g.” Tim. I, 1, 204.
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