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noun acceptation, connotation, content, definition, denotation, drift, explanation, idea, import, purport, semantics, semasiology, sense, significance, significatio, signification, substance, tenor, text, vis
Associated concepts: plain meaning, secondary meaning
Foreign phrases: Primo excutienda est verbi vis, ne sermoois vitio obstruatur oratio, sive lex sine argumentis.The force of a word should be ascertained in the beginning, lest the sentence be destroyed by the fault of expression, or the law be without reason. Sensus verborum est anima legis. The meaning of words is the spirit of the law. In testamennis ratio tacita non debet considerari, sed verba solum spectari debent; adeo per divinationem mentis a verbis recedere durum est. In wills an unexpressed intention ought not to be considered, but the words alone ought to be regarded; for it is difficult to recede from the words by guessing at their intention.
See also: connotation, consequence, construction, contents, context, definition, design, essence, explanation, gist, import, intent, main point, paraphrase, purview, significance, signification, spirit, substance, sum, tenor
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Melchiot is too slow and ambles his way through games, Julian Gray doesn't know the meaning of the word 'tackle' and Cunningham has been good, but is now getting too slow.
Florida State coach BOBBY BOWDEN on former Seminoles linebacker Reggie Herring: "He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear.
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But Murray fought back valiantly to level at 4-4 and even edged 5-4 ahead only for the man, who doesn't know the meaning of the word defeat, to summon one final effort to haul himself over the finishing line and edge 4-3 ahead of the Scot in their jousts this year.
I would suggest that compared to the millions in the world who live in abject poverty she really doesn't know the meaning of the word and I hope that she never has, or ever will, suffer from it.
This Government, of course, doesn't know the meaning of the word.
And with Tiger Woods's scalp already hanging from his belt after winning the Tournament of Champions in Shanghai in November, Howell now doesn't know the meaning of the word fear.

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