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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  County  \Coun"ty\  (koun"t?),  n.;  pl  {Counties}  (-t?z).  [F. 
  comt?,  fr  LL  comitatus  See  {Count}.] 
  1.  An  earldom;  the  domain  of  a  count  or  earl.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  A  circuit  or  particular  portion  of  a  state  or  kingdom, 
  separated  from  the  rest  of  the  territory,  for  certain 
  purposes  in  the  administration  of  justice  and  public 
  affairs;  --  called  also  a  {shire}.  See  {Shire}. 
 
  Every  county,  every  town,  every  family,  was  in 
  agitation.  --Macaulay. 




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