general (adj.) Old form(s): generall, gen'rall
all-embracing, universal, comprehensive
KJ IV.iii.17[Salisbury to Pembroke, of Melun] Whose private with me of the Dauphin's love / Is much more general than these lines import
Mac III.iv.22[Macbeth to First Murderer, of Fleance's escape] I had else been ... / As broad and general as the casing air
Tim II.ii.205[Flavius to Timon, of the Senators] I have been bold, / For that I knew it the most general way, / To them to use your signet and your name [or: usual, standard]
Tim IV.iii.257[Timon to Apemantus] thou wouldst have plunged thyself / In general riot
Tim IV.iii.444[Timon to Bandits] The earth's a thief, / That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen / From general excrement
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