Eleemosynary

El`ee*mos"y*na*ry

, n.;
pl. Eleemosynaries ().
One who subsists on charity; a dependent. South.

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El"e*gance

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El"e*gan*cy

(?), } n. [L. elegantia, fr. elegans, -antis, elegant: cf. F. lgance.] 1. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; -- said of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc.
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That grace that elegance affords.
Drayton.
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The endearing elegance of female friendship.
Johnson.
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A trait of native elegance, seldom seen in the masculine character after childhood or early youth, was shown in the General's fondness for the sight and fragrance of flowers.
Hawthorne.
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2. That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive.
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The beautiful wildness of nature, without the nicer elegancies of art.
Spectator.

Syn. -- Elegance, Grace. Elegance implies something of a select style of beauty, which is usually produced by art, skill, or training; as, elegance of manners, composition, handwriting, etc.; elegant furniture; an elegant house, etc. Grace, as the word is here used, refers to bodily movements, and is a lower order of beauty. It may be a natural gift; thus, the manners of a peasant girl may be graceful, but can hardly be called elegant.
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