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Brewer's: Rape

(1 syl.). The division of a county. Sussex is divided into six rapes, each of which has its river, forest, and castle. Herepp is Norwegian for a parish district, and rape in Doomsday Book i…

Brewer's: Rape of the Lock

Lord Petre, in a thoughtless moment of frolic gallantry, cut off a lock of Arabella Fermor's hair; and this liberty gave rise to a bitter feud between the two families, which Alexander Pope…

Brewer's: Copesmate

(2 syl.). A companion. “Copesmate of ugly night” (Rape of Lucrece), a mate who copes with you. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894CophetuaCopernicani…

Brewer's: Gaze

(1 syl., g hard). To stand at gaze. To stand in doubt what to do. A term in forestry. When a stag first hears the hounds it stands dazed, looking all round, and in doubt what to do. Heralds…

Brewer's: Margin

In all our ancient English books, the commentary is printed in the margin. Hence Shakespeare: “His face's own margent did quote such amazes.” Love's Labour's Lost, ii. 1. &#82…

Brewer's: Orts

Crumbs; refuse. (Low German, ort- i.e. what is left after eating.) I shall not eat your orts - i.e. your leavings. “Let him have time a beggar's orts to crave.” Shakespeare: …

Brewer's: Water-gall

The dark rim round the eyes after much weeping. A peculiar appearance in a rainbow which indicates more rain at hand. “Gall” is the Anglo-Sa…

William Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus, Act IV

Act IVScene IRome. Titus's gardenEnter young Lucius, and Lavinia running after him, and the boy flies from her, with books under his arm. Then enter Titus and MarcusYoung LuciusHelp, grandsire…

Sexual Assault: The Silent, Violent Epidemic

Source: The American Medical Association (AMA). According to the AMA, sexual assault continues to represent the most rapidly growing violent crime in America, claiming a victim every 45 second…

Paul Shanley,

Catholic priest, was arrested in May in San Diego and charged with three counts of child rape. He was extradited to Massachusetts, where he had served as a priest for 30 years. He was indicte…