Manner

Man"ner

(?), n. [OE. manere, F. manire, from OF. manier, adj., manual, skillful, handy, fr. (assumed) LL. manarius, for L. manuarius belonging to the hand, fr. manus the hand. See Manual.] 1. Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.
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The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land.
2 Kings xvii. 26.
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The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful, manner.
Atterbury.
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2. Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self, or the like; bearing; habitual style.
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Specifically: (a) Customary method of acting; habit.
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Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them.
Acts xvii. 2.
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Air and manner are more expressive than words.
Richardson.
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(b) pl. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address; as, mind your manners!.
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Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Emerson.
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(c) The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist.
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3. Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already.
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The bread is in a manner common.
1 Sam. xxi.5.
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4. Sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds; as, all manners of people came to the rally.
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And they being afraid wondered, saying to one another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him.
Luke 8: 25.

Ye tithe mint, and rue, and all manner of herbs.
Luke xi. 42.
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I bid thee say,
What manner of man art thou?
Coleridge.
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In old usage, of was often omitted after manner, when employed in this sense. "A manner Latin corrupt was her speech." Chaucer.
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By any manner of means, in any way possible; by any sort of means. -- To be taken in the manner or To be taken with the manner. [A corruption of to be taken in the mainor. See Mainor.] To be taken in the very act. [Obs.] See Mainor. -- To make one's manners, to make a bow or courtesy; to offer salutation. -- Manners bit, a portion left in a dish for the sake of good manners. Hallwell.
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Syn. -- Method; mode; custom; habit; fashion; air; look; mien; aspect; appearance. See Method.
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