Jeffreys

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noun

George1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem, 1648–89, English jurist.
Sir Harold,1891–1989, British geophysicist and astronomer.

Jeffrey

[jef-ree]

noun

FrancisLord Jeffrey, 1773–1850, Scottish jurist, editor, and critic.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “divine peace.”
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Historical Examples of jeffreys

  • “I am not afraid of you,” said Jeffreys, drawing himself up.

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Mr. Jeffreys called regularly, so it came to be an understood thing that he would appear either afternoon or evening.

    Talbot's Angles

    Amy E. Blanchard

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

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Three times the jury refused to find her guilty, until Jeffreys bullied and frightened them into that false verdict.

  • The work seemed heavy, but Jeffreys had a contrivance for making it light.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset

    Robert Thurston Hopkins



British Dictionary definitions for jeffreys

Jeffreys

noun

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

noun

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).

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