general (n.) Old form(s): Generall
ordinary people, general public, populace
Ham II.ii.436[Hamlet to First Player, of a play] 'Twas caviary to the general [i.e. unpalatable to those lacking a taste for it]
JC II.i.12[Brutus alone, of Caesar] I know no personal cause to spurn at him, / But for the general [i.e. the common good]
MM II.iv.27[Angelo alone] The general, subject to a well-wished king [or, with no comma after 'general': common]
TC I.iii.342[Nestor to Ulysses, of Hector's challenge] the success, / Although particular, shall give a scantling / Of good or bad unto the general [or: the army as a whole]
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