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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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MICK McCarthy is addressing the troops in the dressing room prior to the Republic's exhilarating win over Saudi Arabia and insisted - "I don't know the meaning of the word defeat.
But Leicester don't know the meaning of the word defeat - and they battled on gamely until Marshall won the reward his battling team-mates so richly deserved.
It's like Franz Ferdinand don't know the meaning of the word "filler" - only too common on post-vinyl albums of the past quarter of a century.
Men like him don't know the meaning of the word love.
We don't know the meaning of the word no and like everything our own way.
Bill Moffat, Dundee, said: "Celtic fans are now going on about injuries but they don't know the meaning of the word compared to what Rangers have gone through.
Mr O'Neill has some really strong boys in there who don't know the meaning of the word defeat.
Asked if he felt under pressure, he said cockily: "I don't know the meaning of the word.
People may have thought Manchester United were dead in last Wednesday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich but they don't know the meaning of the word compared to the plight of their City neighbours.
Asked if he felt under pressure, he said: "I don't know the meaning of the word.

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