Deanery to Debase
(Dean"er*y) n.; pl. Deaneries
1. The office or the revenue of a dean. See the Note under Benefice, n., 3.
2. The residence of a dean. Shak.
3. The territorial jurisdiction of a dean.
Each archdeaconry is divided into rural deaneries, and each deanery is divided into parishes.Blackstone.
(Dean"ship), n. The office of a dean.
I dont't value your deanship a straw.Swift.
(Dear) a. [Compar. Dearer (-er); superl. Dearest ] [OE. dere, deore, AS. deóre; akin to OS.
diuri, D. duur, OHG. tiuri, G. theuer, teuer, Icel. dyrr, Dan. & Sw. dyr. Cf. Darling, Dearth.]
1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear.Shak.
2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. "Hear me, dear lady." Shak.
Neither count I my life dear unto myself.Acts xx. 24.
And the last joy was dearer than the rest.Pope.
Dear as remember'd kisses after death.Tennyson.
4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention. (a) Of agreeable things
[I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear causeShak.
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.
His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall.Macaulay.
(b) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
In our dear peril.Shak.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heavenShak.
Or ever I had seen that day.
(Dear), n. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
That kiss I carried from thee, dear.Shak.
(Dear), adv. Dearly; at a high price.
If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.Shak.
(Dear), v. t. To endear. [Obs.] Shelton.
(Dear"born) n. A four-wheeled carriage, with curtained sides.
(Dear"-bought`) a. Bought at a high price; as, dear-bought experience.