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Friars of the Strict Observance definitions

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Strict Strict, a. [Compar. Stricter; superl. Strictest.] [L. strictus, p. p. of stringere to draw or bind tight, to strain. See Strain, and cf. Strait, a.] 1. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature. --Dryden. 2. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber. 3. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. --Shak. It shall be still in strictest measure. --Milton. 4. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. ``Through the strict senteries.'' --Milton. 5. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense. 6. (Bot.) Upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters. Syn: Exact; accurate; nice; close; rigorous; severe. Usage: Strict, Severe. Strict, applied to a person, denotes that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to gentle. And rules as strict his labored work confine, As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line. --Pope. Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve: - ``What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!'' --Milton. The Strict Observance, or Friars of the Strict Observance. (R. C. Ch.) See Observance.



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