Adessenarians to Adrastus

Adessenarians A term applied to those who hold the real presence of Christ's body in the eucharist, but do not maintain that the bread and wine lose any of their original properties. (The word is from the Latin adesse, to be present.)

Adeste Fideles Composed by John Reading, who wrote "Dulcë Domum." It is called the "Portuguese Hymn," from being heard at the Portuguese Chapel by the Duke of Leeds, who supposed it to be a part of the usual Portuguese service.

Adfiliate, Adfiliation The ancient Goths adopted the children of a former marriage, and put them on the same footing as those of the new family. (Latin, ad-filius, equal to a real son.)

Adha al (the slit-eared). The swiftest of Mahomet's camels.

Adhab-al-Cabr The first purgatory of the Mahometans.

Adiaphorists Followers of Melanchthon; moderate Lutherans, who hold that some of the dogmas of Luther are matters of indifference. (Greek, adiaphoros, indifferent.)

Macaulay: Essay, Burleigh.

Adieu good-bye. A Dieu, an elliptical form for I commend you to God. Good-bye is God be with ye.

Adissechen The serpent with a thousand heads which sustains the universe. (Indian mythology.)

Adjective Colours are those which require a mordant before they can be used as dyes.

Adjourn Once written ajorn. French, à-journer, to put off to another day.

"He ajorned tham to relie in the North of Garlele." - Longtoft: Chronicle, p.309.
Adjournment of the House (See Moving the Adjournment.)

Admirable (The) Aben-Ezra, a Spanish rabbi born at Toledo (1119--1174).

Admirable Crichton (The) James Crichton (kry-ton). (1551--1573.)

Admirable Doctor (Doctor admirabilis). Roger Bacon (1214--1292).

Admiral corruption of Amir-al. Milton, speaking of Satan, says: -

"His spear (to equal which the tallest pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast
Of some tall amiral, were but a wand)
He walked with."
Paradise Lost, i. 292.
The word was introduced by the Turks or Genoese in the twelfth century, and is the Arabic Amir with the article al (lord or commander); as Amir-al-ma (commander of the water), Amir-al-Omra (commander of the forces), Amir-al-Muminim (commander of the faithful).

English admirals used to be of three classes, according to the colour of their flag -

Admiral of the Red, used to hold the centre in an engagement.
Admiral of the White, used to hold the van.
Admiral of the Blue, used to hold the rear.
The distinction was abolished in 1864; now all admirals carry the white flag.

Admirals are called Flag Officers.

Admiral of the Blue A butcher who dresses in blue to conceal blood-stains. A tapster also is so called, from his blue apron. A play on the rear-admiral of the British navy, called "Admiral of the Blue (Flag)."

"As soon as customers begin to stir
The Admiral of the Blue cries, "Coming, Sir."
Poor Robin, 1731

  By PanEris using Melati.

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