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durst


durst


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Durst  \Durst\,  imp. 
  of  {Dare}.  See  {Dare},  v.  i. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dare  \Dare\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Durst}or  {Dared};  p.  p.  {Dared};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Daring}.]  [OE.  I  dar,  dear,  I  dare,  imp. 
  dorste,  durste,  AS  ic  dear  I  dare,  imp.  dorste.  inf.  durran; 
  akin  to  OS  gidar,  gidorsta  gidurran  OHG.  tar,  torsta, 
  turran,  Goth.  gadar,  gada['u]rsta,  Gr  tharsei^n,  tharrei^n, 
  to  be  bold,  tharsy`s  bold,  Skr.  Dhrsh  to  be  bold.  [root]70.] 
  To  have  adequate  or  sufficient  courage  for  any  purpose;  to  be 
  bold  or  venturesome;  not  to  be  afraid;  to  venture. 
 
  I  dare  do  all  that  may  become  a  man;  Who  dares  do  more 
  is  none.  --Shak. 
 
  Why  then  did  not  the  ministers  use  their  new  law? 
  Bacause  they  durst  not  because  they  could  not 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Who  dared  to  sully  her  sweet  love  with  suspicion. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  The  tie  of  party  was  stronger  than  the  tie  of  blood, 
  because  a  partisan  was  more  ready  to  dare  without 
  asking  why.  --Jowett 
  (Thu?yd.). 
 
  Note:  The  present  tense,  I  dare,  is  really  an  old  past  tense, 
  so  that  the  third  person  is  he  dare,  but  the  form  he 
  dares  is  now  often  used  and  will  probably  displace  the 
  obsolescent  he  dare,  through  grammatically  as  incorrect 
  as  he  shalls  or  he  cans.  --Skeat. 
 
  The  pore  dar  plede  (the  poor  man  dare  plead). 
  --P.  Plowman. 
 
  You  know  one  dare  not  discover  you  --Dryden. 
 
  The  fellow  dares  not  deceive  me  --Shak. 
 
  Here  boldly  spread  thy  hands,  no  venom'd  weed 
  Dares  blister  them  no  slimy  snail  dare  creep. 
  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  Note:  Formerly  durst  was  also  used  as  the  present.  Sometimes 
  the  old  form  dare  is  found  for  durst  or  dared.