Dominie Sampson to Doomsday Sedgwick
Dominie Sampson A village schoolmaster and scholar, poor as a church mouse, and modest as a girl. He cites Latin like a porcus literarum, and exclaims "Prodigious!" (Scott: Guy Mannering.) (See Stilling.)
Dominions One of the orders of angels, symbolished in Christian art by an ensign.
Domino (A). A hood worn by canons; a mask.
"Ce nom, qu'on donnait autrefois, par allusion a quelque passage de la liturgie, au camail dont les prêtres se couvrent la tête et les épaules pendant l'hiver, ne designe aujourd'hui qu'un habit de déguisement pour les bals masqués." - Bouillet: Dictionnaire des Sciences, etc.Dominoes (3 syl.). The teeth; also called ivories. Dominoes are made of ivory.
Domisellus The son of a king, prince, knight, or lord before he has entered on the order of knighthood.
Also an attendant on some abbot or nobleman. The person domiciled in your house. Hence the king's
body-guards were called his damoiseaux or damsels.
"Damoisel ou Damoiseau designait autrefois les fils de chevaliers, de barons, et toutes les jeunes gentilshommes qui n'etaient pas encore chevaliers. On le donnait aussi aux fils des rois qui n'etaient pas encore en etat de porter les armes." - Bouillet: Dict.Universel.Domisellus and domisella are diminutives of dominus, a lord. In old French we find damoiseau and damoiselle. The word Ma-demoiselle is ma domisella or damoiselle.
"Then up he rose, and donned his clothes,Don A man of mark, an aristocrat. At the universities the masters, fellows, and noblemen are termed dons. (Spanish.)
Don Juan A native of Seville, son of Don José and Donna Inez, a blue-stocking. When Juan was sixteen
years old he got into trouble with Donna Julia, and was sent by his mother, then a widow, on his travels.
His adventures form the story of the poem, which is incomplete. (Byron: Don Juan.)
Don Quixote (2 syl.). A gaunt country gentleman of La Mancha, gentle and dignified, affectionate and
simple-minded, but so crazed by reading books of knight-errantry that he believes himself called upon
to redress the wrongs of the whole world, and actually goes forth to avenge the oppressed and run a tilt
with their oppressors. The word Quixote means The cuish-armed. (See Quixotic.)
Donation of Pepin (The). When Pepin conquered Ataulf the ex-archate of Ravenna fell into his hands.
Pepin gave both the ex-archate and the Republic of Rome to the Pope, and this munificent gift is the
famous "Donation" on which rested the whole fabric of the temporal power of the Popes of Rome (A.D.
Donatists Followers of Donatus, a Numidian bishop who opposed Cecilianus. Their chief dogma is that the outward church is nothing, "for the letter killeth, it is the spirit that giveth life." (Founded 314.)
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