Lenten

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Etymology[edit]

Old English lenten, lencten.

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Lenten (comparative more Lenten, superlative most Lenten)

  1. Pertaining to Lent; taking place during Lent.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      And perhaps it was the same politick drift that the Divell whipt St. Jerom in a lenten dream, for reading Cicero [...].
  2. Appropriate to Lent; meagre, sombre.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, II.2:
      To thinke, my Lord, if you delight not in Man, what Lenton entertainment the Players shall receiue from you [...].
    • A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad, XXIX, line 8-10:
      And there's the Lenten lily / That has not long to stay / And dies on Easter day.

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