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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Strange

STRANGE, adjective [Latin]

1. Foreign; belonging to another country.

I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues. [This sense is nearly obsolete.]

2. Not domestic; belonging to others.

So she impatient her own faults to see, turns from herself, and in strange things delights. [Nearly obsolete.]

3. New; not before known, heard or seen. The former custom was familiar; the latter was new and strange to them. Hence,

4. Wonderful; causing surprise; exciting curiosity. It is strange that men will not receive improvement, when it is shown to be improvement.

Sated at length, ere long I might perceive strange alteration in me.

5. Odd; unusual; irregular; not according to the common way.

He's strange and peevish.

6. Remote. [Little used.]

7. Uncommon; unusual.

This made David to admire the law of God at that strange rate.

8. Unacquainted.

They were now at a gage, looking strange at one another.

9. Strange is sometimes uttered by way of exclamation.

STRANGE! What extremes should thus preserve the snow, high on the Alps, or in deep caves below.

This is an elliptical expression for it is strange.

STRANGE, verb transitive To alienate; to estrange. [Not in use.]

STRANGE, verb intransitive

1. To wonder; to be astonished. [Not in use.]

2. To be estranged or alienated. [Not in use.]