Lest

Lest

, conj. [OE. leste, fr. AS. ls the less that, where is the instrumental case of the definite article, and is an indeclinable relative particle, that, who, which. See The, Less, a.] 1. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not.
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Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty.
Prov. xx. 13.
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Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
1 Cor. x. 12.
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2. That (without the negative particle); -- after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.
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I feared
Lest I might anger thee.
Shak.
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