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Jeffreys

[jef-reez] /ˈdʒɛf riz/
noun
1.
George (1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem) 1648–89, English jurist.
2.
Sir Harold, 1891–1989, British geophysicist and astronomer.

Jeffrey

[jef-ree] /ˈdʒɛf ri/
noun
1.
Francis ("Lord Jeffrey") 1773–1850, Scottish jurist, editor, and critic.
2.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “divine peace.”.
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  • Jeffreys, or Fouquier Tinville, could scarcely have dared to make such.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The case was hard for Jeffreys, cruel for the fair messenger.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Master Jeffreys sends me a letter this morning, and Sir Walter hath written a postscript to it.

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  • In the defence of the seniors, Jeffreys, it need hardly be said, took no part.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • Half-way up, Jeffreys whistled; and a joyous bark from Julius assured the party that their game was safe.

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  • Jeffreys, however, did not appear to heed it, still less to avoid it.

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  • Jeffreys was never near the place, and the lad, watching day after day, began slowly to lose hope.

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  • Jeffreys looked round and had a view of the valiant speaker and his companion.

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  • Judge Jeffreys presided over the Court, and threatened and bullied with his usual insolence.

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  • Jeffreys watched him feverishly, and marvelled at his indifference.

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British Dictionary definitions for Jeffreys

Jeffreys

/ˈdʒɛfrɪz/
noun
1.
George, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem. ?1645–89, English judge, notorious for his brutality at the "Bloody Assizes" (1685), where those involved in Monmouth's rebellion were tried

Jeffrey

/ˈdʒɛfrɪ/
noun
1.
Francis, Lord. 1773–1850, Scottish judge and literary critic. As editor of the Edinburgh Review (1803–29), he was noted for the severity of his criticism of the romantic poets, esp Wordsworth
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Word Origin and History for Jeffreys

Jeffrey

masc. proper name, from Old French Jeufroi, Jefroi, variants of Geuffroi (see Geoffrey).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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