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tenour (plural tenours)

  1. Archaic spelling of tenor.
    • 1759, Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Penguin, 2009), page 221
      It is the consciousness of this merited approbation and esteem which is alone capable of supporting the agent in this tenour of conduct.
    • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (5th ed.), page 48
      Our political ſyſtem is placed in a juſt correſpondence and ſymmetry with the order of the world, and with the mode of exiſtence decreed to a permanent body compoſed of tranſitory parts; wherein, by the diſpoſition of a ſtupendous wiſdom, moulding together the great myſterious incorporation of the human race, the whole, at one time, is never old, or middle-aged, or young, but in a condition of unchangeable conſtancy, moves on through the varied tenour of perpetual decay, fall, renovation, and progreſſion.

Old French[edit]


tenour m (oblique plural tenours, nominative singular tenours, nominative plural tenour)

  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of tenor (possessor)


tenour f (oblique plural tenours, nominative singular tenour, nominative plural tenours)

  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of teneure (tenure)