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SIRE. A title of honor given to kings or emperors in speaking or writing to them.

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No, sire, but I am hourly expecting one; it may have arrived since I left my office.
Oh, sire," replied the minister, "we have no occasion to invent any; every day our desks are loaded with most circumstantial denunciations, coming from hosts of people who hope for some return for services which they seek to render, but cannot; they trust to fortune, and rely upon some unexpected event in some way to justify their predictions.
Ah, sire, you recompense but badly this poor young man, who has come so far, and with so much ardor, to give your majesty useful information.
I will some day write all this, sire, for the instruction of my brother kings.
Then I will tell of my terrors -- yes, sire, of my terrors -- when, at the house of Colonel Windham, a farrier who came to shoe our horses declared they had been shod in the north.
Richard was neither a republican nor a royalist; Richard allowed his guards to eat his dinner, and his generals to govern the republic; Richard abdicated the protectorate on the 22nd of April, 1659, more than a year ago, sire.
In giving him these four hours, sire, I knew I was giving him his life, and he will save his life.
I must have a roof for these paintings, sire, and, although
If this revolt be what I suppose, sire, you might will in vain.
At the battle of Grandson, sire, he cried: 'Men of the cannon
Indeed, sire, I wholly comprehend your disappointment.
I might answer, sire, that he is too deeply interested in the question to be a very impartial witness; but so far from that, sire, I know the duke to be a royal gentleman, and I refer the matter to him--but upon one condition, sire.