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bat dashes, and even dispirits, all their endeavours, rious display of the highest form of created excellenand makes their designs heartless and ineffectual. cies.

Glanville. South. Thou heaven's alternate beauty can'st display, Steady to my principles, and not dispirited with my The blush of morning, and the milky way. afflictions, I have overcome all difficulties,

Dryden. Dryden. The works of nature, and the words of revelation, Amidst all the honours that are paid him, he feels display truth to mankind in characters so visible, that nothing in bimself but a poor, weak, dispirited mortal, those who are not quite blind, may read. Locke. yielding to the laws of corruption.

Rogers. It is a noble and great thing to cover the blemishes, He has dispirited himself by a debauch, and drank

and lo excuse the failings of a friend ; to draw a away his good bumour.

Collier. curtain before his stains, and to display his perfecI cannot bring myself to believe that the King was tions.

South. either the first projector or the principal actor in the He carves, displays, and cuts up to a wonder. sorry farce of neglecting a man whom they could not

Spectator. dishonour, of distressing a man whom they could not So the gay lady, with expensive care, dispirit, which has been playing at Court for near Borrows the pride of land, of sea and air ; twenty-six years.

Bp. Watson. Furs, pearls, and plumes, the glittering thing displays,
Dazzles our eyes,
and easy hearts betrays.

Gay. DISPITEOUS, adj. Dis and piteous. Unpitying.

The storm the dark Lycæan groves displayed,

And first to light exposed the sacred shade. The Knight of the Red Crosse, wben him he spide,

Pope's Statius. Spurring shote with rage dispiteous, Gan fairely couch his speare.


Dis and please. Spenser. Faerie Queene. DispLEA'se, v. a. & n. s. To offend; make DISPLACE, r. a. Dis and place. To put


angry or sad : out of place, state, office, or trust.

DISPLEA'SINGNESS, n. s. as a neuter verb,

DISPLEASURE, v. a. & n. s. to disgust; make You have displaced the mirth,. broke the good

averse. Displeasingness is the quality of giving mecting, With most admired disorder.


offence; displeasure the offence given. One then may be displaced, and one may reign ;

God was displeased with this thing. And want of merit render' birthright vain. Dryden.

1 Chron. xxi. 7.

Cordell said, she loved him as behoved : A religion, established by God himself, should not

Whose simple answer, wanting colours fair be displaced by any thing, under a demonstration of that divine power that first introduced it. South.

To paint it forth, him to displeasance moved.

Faerie Queene. Whose arch or pillar meets me in the face,

True repentance may be wrought in the hearts of Titas or Trajan's ? No'tis that of Time:

such as fear God, and yet incur his displeasure, the Triumph, arch, pillar, all he doth displace

deserved effect whereof is eternal death. Hooker. Scoiff'ng; and apostolic statues climb To crush the imperial urn, whose ashes slept sublime, man's heavy displeasure against him.

He should beware that he did not provoke Soly.

Knolles. Byron. DISPLA'CENCY, n. s. Lat. displicentia

Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust,

Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust. Incivility; any thing unpleasing.

Shakspeare. The displacencies that he receives, by the conse When the way of pleasuring or displeasuring lieth quences of his excess, far outweigh all that is grate- by the favourite, it is impossible any other should be ful in it. Decay of Piety. over great.

Bacon. DISPLANT', v.a. Dis and plant. To

Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn
From his displeasure.

DISPLANTATION, n.s. ) remove a plant; hence
to drive a people from their place of residence. What to one is a most grateful odour, to another is
All those countries, which, lying near unto any

noxious and displeasant; and it were a misery to some mountains, or Irish desarts, had been planted with

to lie stretched on a bed of roses.

Glan. Scepsis. English, were shortly displanted and lost. Spenser. It is a mistake to think that men cannot change

1 may justly account new plantations to be the their displeasingness or indifferency, that is in actions, children of former kingdoms : i like a plantation in into pleasure and desire, if they will do but what is in

Locke. a pure soil ; that is, where people are not displanted.


On me alone thy just displeasure lay; The Edenites were garrisoned to resist the Assy. Rut take thy judgments from this mourning land.

Dryden. rians, whose displantation Senacherib vaunted of.


Nothing is in itself so pernicious to communities of DISPLAY'; v.a. & n.s. Fr. déployer, from

earned men, as the displeasure of their prince.

Addison': Freeholder. Lat. dis (privative) and plico, to fold. To un

DISPLODE', v. a.) Lat. displodo. To disfold; to exhibit, spread open to view.

Displosion, n. s. ) perse with a loud noise ; His glistring armor made

to vent with violence: a sudden bursting forth. A little gloomy light, much like a shade, By which he saw the ugly monster plaine,

Stood ranked of seraphim another row,
Halfe like a serpent horribly displaide.

In posture to displode their second tire
Of thunde

Spenser. Faerie Queene.
Yon speak not like yourself, who ever yel

DISPORT, v.n. &n.s. Dis and sport. To Have stood to charity, and displayed the effects play; sport: pastime; diversion; amusement. Of disposition gentle.

Shakspeare. She list not hear, but her disports pursued; Our enobled understandings take the wings of the And ever bade him stay, till time the tide renewed. morning to visit the world above us, and have a glo

Spenser. Vol. VII.


their power.

He often, but attended with weak guard,

They remained in a kind of warlike disposue, or Comes hunting this way to disport himself.

perhaps little better.

Wotton, Shukspeare. Whilst they murmur against the present disposure of His disports were ingenuous and manlike, whereby things, they do tacitly desire in them a difformity he always learned somewhat.

from the primitive rule, and the idea of that mind Hayward on Edward VI.

that formed all things best. Fresh gales and gentle airs

Browne's Vulgo Erreurs. Whispered it to the woods, and from their wings

That axiom in philosophy, that the generation of Flung rose, flung odours, from the spicy shrub

one thing is the corruption of another, although it be Disporting!


substantially true, concerning the form and matter, is Loose to the winds their airy garments few; also dispositively verified in the efficient or producer. The glittering textures of the filmy dew

Id. Dipt in the richest tincture of the skies,

How sweetly doth God dispose of all second causes, Where light disports in ever mingling dyes. Pope.

that, while they do their own will, they do his! DISPOSE', v.a., v. 1., &n.s. Fr. disposer;

Bp. Hall. Contemplations. Dispos'er, n. s.

Ital. disporre ;

Tax not divine disposal; wisest men DisposiỐTION,

Span. and Port, Have erred, and by bad women been deluded. Dispos’ITIVE, adj. disponer ; Lat.

Millon. Dispos’ITIVELY, adv. disponere, from

All is best, though oft we doubt DISPO'SURE, n.s.

j dis and pono,

What the unsearchable dispose

Of highest wisdom brings about, pusui, to place, à Gr. rovw, to labour. To em

And ever best found in the close. ploy; place; order; give an impulse; taking to :

Milton. Agonistes. to make fit; taking for; to transfer, put away, He knew the seat of Paradise ; conduct: as a neuter verb, to make terms or a And, as he was disposed, could prove it bargain : as a substantive, it signifies power ; Below the moon, or else above it. Hudibras. right or management; taking at or to ; distribu

The memory of what they had suffered, by being tive : dispositive is distributive. The other sub- without it, easily disposed them to do this. stantives follow the verb, dispose, in their

Clarendon meaning.

I think myself obliged, whatever my private appreThe tabernacle of witnessyng was with oure fadris hensions may be of the success, to do my duty, and in desert as god disposide to hem and spak to moises, leave events to their disposer.

Boyle. that he schulde make it aftir the fourme that he saigh. Would I had been disposer of thy stars,

Wiclif. Dedis. vii.

Thou shouldst have had thy wish, and died in wars. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing

Dryden. thereof is of the Lord.


Of all your goodness leaves to our dispose, These when the knights beheld, they 'gan dispose Our liberty's the only gift we chuse. Themselves to court, and each a damsel chose.

Id. Indian Emperor. Spenser. Under this head of invention is placed the disposition But if thee list unto the court to throng,

of the work, to put all things in a beautiful order and And there to haunt after the hoped prey,

harmony, that the whole may be of a piece. Then must thou thee dispose another way.

Id. Dufresnoy, Preface. Hubberd's Tale.

In his disposure is the orb of earth, Touching musical harmony, whether by instrument or voice, it being of high and low, in due proportion

The throne of kings, and all of human birth.

Sandys. able disposition, such notwithstanding is the force thereof, and so very pleasing effects it hath, in that

This may dispose me, perhaps, for the reception of

Locke. very part of man which is most divine, that some have truth; but helps me not io it. been thereby induced to think, that the soul itself by We shall get more true and real knowledge by one nature is, or hath in it, harmony.

Hooker. rule, than by taking up principles, and thereby put

ting our minds into the disposuls of others. As she is mine, I may dispose of her: Which shall be either to this gentleman,

Disposition is when the power and ability of doing Or to her death.

Shakspe vre.

any thing is forward, and ready upon every occasion to break into action.

Id. When she saw you did suspect She had disposed with Cæsar, and that your rage

All the reason of mankind cannot suggest any Would not be purged, she sent word she was dead. solid ground of satisfaction, but in making that God Id. our friend, who is the absolute disposer of all things.

Sonth, I have suffered more for their sakes, more than the villanous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to

Although the frequency of prayer and fasting may bear,


be of no efficacy to dispose God to be more gracious, He carries on the stream of his dispose yet it is of great use to dispose us to be more objects of Without observance or respect of any,

Smalridge. In will peculiar. Id. Troilus and Cressida. They require more water than can be found, and I crave fit disposition for my wife,

more than can be disposed of, if it was found. Burnet. Due reference of place and exhibition,

Of what you gathered, as most your own, you As levels with her breeding.

Id. Othello. have disposed much in works of public piety. Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to

Spratt. jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy. Thus, whilst she did her various power dispose,

Bacon. The world was free from tyrants, wars, and woes. They must receive instructions how to dispose of

Prior. themselves when they come, which must be in the I have disposed of her to a man of business, who nature of laws unto them.

Id. to Villiers. will let her see, that to be well dressed, in good


his grace.

humour, and chearful in her family, are the arts and DISPRA'ISE, v.0., & n. s. Dis and praise. sciences of female life. Tatler. DISPRAIS'ER, n. s.

To blame; cenIf mere moralists find themselves disposed to pride, DISPRA'ISIBLE, adj.

sure; dishonor : inst, intemperance, or avarice, they do not think their DispraI'SINGLY, adv. one who blaines morality concerned to check them.

Swift. another : dispraisible is, unworthy of commenda.' I take myself to be as well informed as most men tion. in the dispositions of each people towards the other.

In praising Antony, I've dispraised Cæsar. la.

Shakspeare. Refrangibility of the rays of light is their disposi

If I can do it tion to be refracted, or turned out of their way, in By aught that I can speak in his dispraise, passing out of one transparent body or medium into She shall not long continue love to him. Id. another.


Michael Cassio! Are not the blessings both of this world and the

That came a wooing with you: many a time, Dext in his disposal?


When I have spoke of you dispraisingly,
Hath ta'en your part.

Id. Othello. The love we bear to our friends is generally caused

Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail by oar finding the same disposition in them which we

Or knock the breasts; no weakness; no contempt, feel in ourselves.

Dispraise, or blame.

Milton's Agonistes. Bleeding is to be used or omitted according to the

I need not raise symptoms which affect the brain; it relieves in any Trophies to thee from other men's dispraise. infiammatory disposition of the coat of the nerve.

Denham. Arbuthnot on Diet, Looks fright not men: the general has seen Moors There is a sort of masonry in poetry, wherein With as bad faces; no dispraise to Bertran's. the pause represents the joints of a building, which

Dryden. ought in every line and course to have their disposition The criticks, while they like my wares, may disvaried. Shenstone. praise my writing.

Spectator. Under his fatherly rebukes then let us be ever

My faults will not be hid, and can be no dispraise humble and submissive. Such now is the true filial is never better proved than in discovering its own

to me that they will not; the clearness of one's mind disposition.


Pope. DISPOSSE'SS, v. a. Dis and possess. To . DISPREAD', v.a.) Dis and spread. To put out of possession; to deprive; to disseize. DISPREAD'er. spread different ways.

The children went to Gilead, and took it, and dis. in this word, and a few others, says Johnson possessed the Amorite which was in it.

truly, dis has the same force as in Latin com

Numbers xxxii. 39. position, and means different ways. The blow from saddle forced him to fly;

As morning sun her beams dispreaden clear, Else might it needs down to his manly breast

And in her face fair truth and mercy doth appear Have cleft his head in twain, and life thence dispossest.

Spenser. Spenser. Faerie Qreene.

Over him art, striving to compare

With nature, did an arbour green dispread,
I will chuse
Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world,

Framed of wanton ivy, filowing fair,

Through which the fragrant eglantine did spread And dispossess her all. Shakspeare. Timon.

His pricking arms, entrailed with roses red.
Let us sit upon the ground, and tell

Above, below, around, with art dispread,
How some have been deposed, some slain in war,

The sure enclosure folds the genial bed. Some haunted by the ghosts they dispossessed.

Pope's Odyssey. Id. Richard II.

DISPROʻFIT, n. s. Dis and profit. Loss ; In thee I hope ; thy succours I invoke,

damage; detriment. To win the crown whence I am dispossessed;

DISPRO'OF, n. s. Dis and proof. ConfuFor like renown awaiteth on the stroke,

tation ; conviction of error or falsehood. To cast the haughty down, or raise the’ oppressed.


His remark contains the grounds of his doctrine,

and offers at somewhat towards the disproof of wine. They arrogate dominion undeserved

Atterbury. Over their brethren, and quite dispossess

I need not offer any thing farther in support of Concord and law of nature from the earth.

one, or in disproof of the other.

Rogers. Milton.

DISPROPERTY, v.a. Dis and property. This inaccessible high strength, the seat Of Deity supreme, us dispossessed,

To dispossess of any property. He trusted to have seized.

Id. DISPROPORTION, v.a. & n. s. Dis and No power shall dispossess


proporMy thoughts of that expected happiness.


Denham. DISPROPOR'TIONABLY, adv. apportion, O fairest of all creatures, last and best


or join unOf what heaven made, how art thou dispossessed Dispropor’TIONALLY, adv. fitly, Of all thy native glories !


without Dryden. State of Innocence.

DISPROPOR’TIONATELY, adv. . symmetry: Nothing can create more trouble to a man than to DISPROPOR'TIONATENESS, n. S. disproporendeavour to dispossess him of this conceit. Tillotson. tionable is unsuitable in the parts, or in compa

It will be found a work of no small difficulty to rison : disproportional and disproportionate dispossess and throw out a vice from that heart, wirere seem to express the same idea, an the adverbs long possession begins to plead prescription. South. follow these adjectives in their meaning.



There sits deformity to mock my body,

Proves and disprones, affirms and then denics To shape my legs of an unequal size,

Objects himself, and to himself replies. To disproportion me in every part. Shakspeare.

Churchill Had 'the obliquity been greater, the earth had not DISPUẢNISHABLE, adj. Dis and punishbeen able to endure the disproportionable differences able. Without penal restraint. of scason.


No leases of any part of the said lands shall ever Musick craveth your acquaintance : many are of be made, other than leases for years not exceeding such disproportioned spirits, that they avoid her com- thirty-one in possession, and not in reversion or repany.

Peacham. mainder, and not dispunishable of waste. We on earth, with undiscording voice,

Swift's Last Will. May rightly answer that melodious noise ;

DISPURGE', v. a. Dis and purge; dis being As once we did, till disproportioned sin Jarred against nature's chime.


used expletively. To cleanse or purge. Perhaps, from greatness, state and pride,

Thou, then, that hast dispurged our score,
Thus surprised, she may fall :

And dying wert the death of death,
Sleep does disproportion hide,

Be now, whilst on thy name we call,
And, death resembling, equals all. Waller. Our life, our strength, our joy, our all !

Wotton. For their strength,

DISPU'RSE, v. a. Dis and purse. To pay: The disproportion is so great, we cannot but Expect a fatal consequence.

Denham's Sophy.

to disburse. • It is not certain that the following We have no reason to think much to sacrifice to

passage should not be written disburse,' says

Johnson. God our dearest interests in this world, if we consider how disproportionably great the reward of our suf

Many a pound of my own proper store, ferings shall be in another.


Because I would not tax the needy commons,

Have I dispursed to the garrisons, We are apt to set too great a value on temporal

And never asked for restitution. blessings, and have too low and disproportionable es

Shakspeare. Henry VI. teem of spiritual.

DISPUTE', 0, a., v. n. & n. s. )

Fr. dispuNone of our members are crooked or distorted, or

Disput'ABLE, adj.

ter ; Spanish disproportionate to the rest, either in excess or defect.


Dis'PUTANT, 1. s. & adj. and Portug. It is plain that men have agreed to a dispropor


disputar;Ger. tionate and unequal possession of the earth.

Disputa'tious, adj.

and Dutch Locke. Dispu’TATIVE, adj.

disputeren; Distance and men's fears have so enlarged the Dispute'less, adj.

Ital. and Lat. truth, and so disproportioned every thing, that we have DISPU'TEK, n.s.

disputare, made the little troop of discontents a gallant army, from dis (diversely) and puto, to think. To conand already measured by the evening shadow. tend for; discuss: as a neuter verb, to debate;


argue; controvert : as a noun, contest; controThere is no wine of so strong a body as to bear versy ; quarrel. Disputable means both liable such a disproportionable quantity of water as sixty.

to be contested, and fond of disputation. Dis

Broome. That we are designed for a more exalted happiness putatious and disputative have a similar sense

to this last. Disputer and disputant are synonythan can be derived from the things of this life, we may infer from their vast disproportion to the desires mous; and disputeless means incontrovertible, and capacities of our soul.

Rogers. Things were disputed before they came to be deter. DI'SPROVE, v.a. 2

Dis and prove. To mined : men afterwards vere not to dispute any Di'sPROVER, n. s. $ confute ; to convict of longer, but to obey.

Hooker. error or falsehood. A disprover, as well as ex

Dispute it like a man.

I shall do so ; pressing this sense, seems corruptly used by

But I must also feel it as a man. Wotton for disapprover.

Shukspeare. Macbeth. This exposition they plainly disprove, and shew by

Now was I called to public disputations often, with manifest reason, that of David the words of David

no ill success. Bp. Hall's Account of himself. could not possibly be meant.


Thou there wast found
This Westmoreland maintains,

Among the gravest rabbies, disputant
And Warwick shall disprove it. Shakspeare.

On points and questions fitting Moses' chair. The single example that our annals have yielded

Milton. of two extremes, within so short time, by most of the Well do I find, by the wise knitting together of same commenders and disprovers, would require no your answer, that any disputation I can use is as much slight memorial. Wotton. too weak as I unworthy.

Sidney, It is easier to affirm than to disprove. Holder.

So dispute the prize,
The traitor's odious name

As if you fought before Cydaria's eyes.

Dryden's Indian Emperor. I first return, and then disprore thy claim.

Dryden's Fables.

The question being about a fact, it is begging it, to That false supposition I advanced in order to dis- bring as a proof an hypothesis which is the very thing

in dispute.

Locke. prove it, and by that means to prove the truth of my doctrine.


Notwithstanding these learned disputants, it was to The cit—a common-council-man by place

the unscholastick statesman that the world owed their Ten thousand mighty no:hings in his face,

peace, defence and liberties.

Id. By situation as by nature great,

If they are not in themselves disputable, why are With nice precision parcels out the state ;

they so much disputed ?



Both are vehement disputers against the heathen DISQUI’ET, v.a., n. s., & adj. From des idolatry. Stillingfleet. Disqui'ETER, 1. s.

and quiet. The atheist can pretend no obligation of conscience, Disqui'ETLY, adv.

To disturb; why he should dispute against religion. Tillotson. Disqui’ETNESS, n. s.

makc Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish,


easy; harass; that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens fret. The substantives are synonymous. all the water about him till he becomes invisible.

Why art thou so vexed, O my soul ? and why art Spectator. thou so disquieted within me.

Psalm. A man must be of a very disputations temper, that

All otherwise, said he, I riches rede, enters into state controversies with any of the fair sex.

And dcem them root of all disquietness.

Faerie Queene. Until any point is determined to be a law, it remains disputable by every subject.

Swift. Arius won to hiinself both followers and great deThe earth is now placed so conveniently, that plants

fenders; whereupon mach disquietness ensued.

Hooker. thrive and flourish in it, and animals live; this is matter of fact, and beyond all dispute.

I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet ;

The meat was well if you were so content.
Did not Paul and Barnabas dispute with vehemence

Shakspeare. about a very little point of conveniency? Atterbury. Treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disThese conclusions have generally obtained, and have quietly to our graves.

Id. King Lear. been acknowledged even by disputers themselves, till If we give way to our passions, we do but gratify with labour they had stifled their convictions. ourselves for the present, in order to our future dis


Tillotson. Perhaps this practice might not so easily be per

Thou happy creature, art secure verted, as to raise a cavilling disputative, and sceptical

From all the torments we endure; temper in the minds of youth.

Despair, ambition, jealousy,
Watts's Improvement of the Mind.

Lost friends, nor love, disquiets thee.

Roscommon. There is nothing displays a genius (I mean a quickDess of genius) more than a dispute ; as two diamonds Contentment produces, in some measure, all those encountering, contribute to each other's lustre. But, effects which the alchymist usually ascribes to what he perhaps, the odds is much against the man of taste, calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does not bring in this particular.

Shenstune. riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire

of them. If it cannot remove the disquietudes arising As to the capacity of sitting in parliament, after all

froin a man's mind, body, or fortune, it makes him the capacities for voting, for the army, for the navy,

Addison. for the professions, for civil officers, are conceded, it easy under thein, is a dispute de lana caprina, in my poor opinion, at I had rather live in Ireland than under the frea least on the part of those who oppose it. Burke. quent disquiets of hearing you are out of order.

Swift. She breathes! Bat no, twas nothing, or the last. Faint flutter life disputes with death. Byrun

He rested disquietly that night; but in the morning, I found him taim.

Wiseman. DISQU'A’LIFY, v. a. 2

Dis and qualify. DisquaʼLIFICATION, n. s. To make unfit; to

DISQUISITION, n. s. Lat. disquisition disable by a natural or legal impediment.

Examination ; disputative enquiry.

God hath reserved many things to his own reseluSuch persons as shall confer benefices on unworthy tion, whose determinations we cannot hope from flesh; and disqualified persons, after a notice cr correction hut with reverence must suspend unto that great given, shall for that turn be deprived of the power of day, whose justice shall either condemn our curiosity, presenting unto such benefices. Ayliffe's Parergon.

or resolve our disquisitions.

Browne. I know no employment for which piety disqualifies. The royal society had a good effect, as it turned


many of the greatest geniuses of that age to the disMy common illness utterly disqualifics me for all quisitions of natural knowledge. Addison's Spectator. conversation; I mean my deafness.


'Tis indeed the proper place for this disquisition The church of England is the only body of Christians

concerning the antediluvian earth. which disqualifies those, who are employed to preach

Woodward's Natural History. its doctrine, from sharing in the civil power, farther than as senators. Id. on the Sacramental Test

The nature of animal diet may be discovered by

taste, and other sensible qualities, and some general It is recorded as a sufficient disqualification of a

rules, without particular disquisition upon every kind. wife, that, speaking of her husband, she said, God

Arbuthnot. forgive him.


I am apprehensive that I shall not be able to find The power of a member of parliament is uncertain leisure for making all the disquisitions and experiments and indirect, and if power rather than splendor and

which would be desirable on this subject. (Swimming.] fame were the object, I should think that any of the

I must, therefore, content myself with a few remarks. principal clerks in office, (to say nothing of their supe

Franklin. riors ) several of whom are disqualified by law for seats in parliament, possess far more power than nine-tenths DISRA’NK, A. a. Dis and rank. To deof the members of the House of Commons. Burke., grade from his rank DISQUA’NTITY, v. a. Dis and quantitv.

DISREGA'RD,v. a. & n. s.

Dis and reTo lessen ; to diminish. Not used.

DISREGA'RDFUL, adj. gard. To treat

adv. with slight noBe entreated Of fifty to disquantity yonr train ;

tice or neglect; contempt. And the remainders, that shall still depend,

Since we are to do good to the poor, to strangers, to To be such men as may besort your age. Shakspeare. enemies, those whom nature is too apt to make us

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