Change and Development in the English Language Dissertation

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(kritj(r), krit(r)' Forms: 3-5 creatur, -our(e, 3- creature, (4-5 creater, crature, cryatur(e, 7 creture); (also dial. or colloq. 7 crytur, 8 creeter, cretur, 9 creatur, crater, critter, -ur (see CRITTER; see also sense 1d).'[a. F. cr'ature (11th c.), ad…

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1393 GOWER Conf. III. 87 Of which [sc. God] that every creature Hath his being and his nature. a1400 Leg. Rood (1871) 148 e Cros is a cold creatour. 1534 TINDALE 2 Cor. v. 17 Yf eny man be in Christ, he is a newe creature. 1548-9 (Mar.) Bk. Com. Prayer 128b, These thy gyftes and creatures of bread and wyne. 1595 SHAKES. John IV. i. 121 Fierce fire and iron..Creatures of note for mercy-lacking vses. 1641 R. BROOKE Eng. Episc. II. vii. 121 Light was one of the first Creatures. 1683 Brit. Spec. Pref. 3 Affirming the most High and Sacred Order of Kings..to be a meer human Creature. 1783 COWPER Let. to J. Newton, The first boat or canoe that was ever formed..was a more perfect creature in its kind than a balloon at present. 1856 S. WINKWORTH Tauler's Life & Serm. xxvii. (1857) 395 Dress, jewels..a pleasant abode, and other transitory creatures. 1878 HOOKER & BALL Marocco 274 The gentian and saxifrage..and the other bright creatures that haunt the mountain tops.
a1300 Cursor M. 328 (Cott.) For-i es godd, als sais scripture, Nan elder an his creature. 1382 WYCLIF 2 Pet. iii. 4 So alle thinges lasten fro the bigynnynge of creature. c1449 PECOCK Repr. 480 Sithen the Fadris dieden alle thinges lasten fro the begynnyng of Creature. 1533 COVERDALE 2 Pet. iii. 4 Euery thinge contynueth as it was from the begynninge of ye creature. 1611 BIBLE Rom. viii. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sonnes of God.
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