varsal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened form of universal.

Adjective[edit]

varsal (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, usually with world) Whole, entire.
    • 1731, Jonathan Swift, A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation:
      Why, my Lord, you see he's the provokingest Creature in Life: I believe, there is not such another in the varsal World.
    • 1826, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, The Rose, Thistle and Shamrock, act III, scene II:
      Now I would give five golden guineas this minute, that her father or any mortal man, woman or child in the varsal world, would come in and say something; for 'tis so awk'ard for I to be sitting here, and I nothing to say to she.
    • 1855, Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South:
      Yo' see, if yo'd spoken o' religion as a thing that, if it was true, it didn't concern all men to press on all men's attention, above everything else in this 'varsal earth, I should ha' thought yo' a knave for to be a parson; and I'd rather think yo' a fool than a knave.

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