(El"dritch) a. Hideous; ghastly; as, an eldritch shriek or laugh. [Local, Eng.]

(E`le*at"ic) a. [L. eleaticus, from Elea (or Velia) in Italy.] Of or pertaining to a certain school of Greek philosophers who taught that the only certain science is that which owes nothing to the senses, and all to the reason.n. A philosopher of the Eleatic school.

(E`le*at"i*cism) n. The Eleatic doctrine.

(El`e*cam*pane") n. [F. énulecampane, NL. inula campana; L. inula elecampane + LL. campana a bell; cf. G. glockenwurz, i. e., "bellwort."]

1. (Bot.) A large, coarse herb with composite yellow flowers. The root, which has a pungent taste, is used as a tonic, and was formerly of much repute as a stomachic.

2. A sweetmeat made from the root of the plant.

(E*lect") a. [L. electus, p. p. of eligere to elect; e out + legere to choose. See Legend, and cf. Elite, Eclectic.]

1. Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. "Colors quaint elect." Spenser.

2. (Theol.) Chosen as the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life. "The elect angels." 1 Tim. v. 21.

3. Chosen to an office, but not yet actually inducted into it; as, bishop elect; governor or mayor elect.

(E*lect"), n.

1. One chosen or set apart.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth.
Is. xlii. 1.

2. pl. (Theol.) Those who are chosen for salvation.

Shall not God avenge his won elect?
Luke xviii. 7.

(E*lect"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elected; p. pr. & vb. n. Electing.]

1. To pick out; to select; to choose.

The deputy elected by the Lord.

2. To select or take for an office; to select by vote; as, to elect a representative, a president, or a governor.

3. (Theol.) To designate, choose, or select, as an object of mercy or favor.

Syn. — To choose; prefer; select. See Choose.

(E*lect"ant) n. [L. electans, p. pr. of electare.] One who has the power of choosing; an elector. [R.]

(E*lec"ta*ry) n. (Med.) See Electuary.

(E*lec"tic) a. See Eclectic.

(E*lec"ti*cism) n. See Eclecticism.

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