Origin of ensample
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Examples from the Web for ensample
Will it please the Queen's grace to command an ensample of mine art?
Bernier told this ensample that teacheth so goodly matter, and of it he made what he might.Tales from the Old French
From this ensample we may learn that it is not seemly to love, and tell.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France
Marie de France
And if his biography were written from his childhood to his death, it would be not only an ensample, but confusion to the world.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3
John Addington Symonds
Angelo thought a moment and answered, humbly, "I give them an ensample of holiness."The Unknown Quantity
Henry van Dyke
- an archaic word for example
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Word Origin and History for ensample
"precedent," c.1300, variant of asaumple, from Old French essample "example" (see example). The survival of this variant form is due to its use in New Testament in KJV.
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