Adrian to Æon

Adrian (St.) represented, in Christian art, with an anvil, and a sword or axe close by it. He had his limbs cut off on a smith's anvil, and was afterwards beheaded. St. Adrian is the patron saint of the Flemish brewers.

Adriel in Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel, is meant for the Earl of Mulgrave.

"Sharp-judging Adriel, the muses' friend,
Himself a muse: in Sanbedrim's debate
True to his prince, but not a slave of state;
Whom David's love with honours did adorn,
That from his disobedient son were torn."
Part I.
Adrift I am all adrift. He is quite adrift. To turn one adrift. Sea phrases. A ship is said to be adrift when it has broken from its moorings, and is driven at random by the winds. To be adrift is to be wide of the mark, or not in the right course. To turn one adrift is to turn him from house and home to go his own way.

Adroit properly means "to the right" (French, à droite). The French call a person who is not adroit gauche (left-handed), meaning awkward, boorish.

Adsidelta The table at which the flamens sat during sacrifice.

Adullamites (4 syl.) The adherents of Lowe and Horsman, seceders in 1866 from the Reform Party. John Bright said of these members that they retired to the cave of Adullam, and tried to gather round them all the discontented. The allusion is to David in his flight from Saul, who "escaped to the cave Adullam; and every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him" (1 Sam. xxii. 1, 2).

Advauncer The second branches of a stag's horn.

"In a hart the main horne itself they call the beame. The lowest antlier is called the brow-antlier; the next, roial; the next that, surroial; and then the top.
"In a buck, they say bur, beame, braunch, advauncers, palme, and speilers." -
Marwood: Forest Lawes.
Advent Four weeks to commemorate the first and second coming of Christ; the first to redeem, and the second to judge the world. The season begins on St. Andrew's Day, or the Sunday nearest to it. (Latin, ad-ventus, the coming to.)

Adversary (The). Satan. (1 Pet. v. 8.)

Advocate (An) means one called to assist clients in a court of law. (Latin, advocare.)

The Devil's Advocate. One who brings forward malicious accusations. When any name is proposed for canonisation in the Roman Catholic Church, two advocates are appointed, one to oppose the motion and one to defend it. The former, called Advocatus Diaboli (the Devil's Advocate), advances all he can against the person in question, the latter, called Advocatus Dei (God's Advocate), says all he can in support of the proposal.

Advocates' Library in Edinburgh, founded 1682, is one of the five libraries to which copyright books are sent. (See Copyright.)

Advowson means the right of appointing the incumbent of a church or ecclesiastical benefice. In mediæval times the "advocacy" or patronage of bishoprics and abbeys was frequently in the hands of powerful nobles, who often claimed the right to appoint in the event of a vacancy; hence the word (from Latin, advocatio, the office of a patron).

A presentative advowson is when the patron presents to the bishop a person to whom he is willing to give the place of preferment.

A collative advowson is when the bishop himself is patron, and collates his client without any intermediate person.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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