Strange

Definition of Strange

a.1.Belonging to another country; foreign.
One of the strange queen's lords.
- Shak.
I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
- Ascham.
2.Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic.
So she, impatient her own faults to see,
Turns from herself, and in strange things delights.
- Sir J. Davies.
3.Not before known, heard, or seen; new.
Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
- Shak.
4.Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer.
Sated at length, erelong I might perceive
Strange alteration in me.
- Milton.
5.Reserved; distant in deportment.
She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
- Hawthorne.
6.Backward; slow.
Who, loving the effect, would not be strange
In favoring the cause.
- Beau. & Fl.
7.Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange.
- Shak.
Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow
High on the Alps, or in deep caves below.
- Waller.
Strange sail
(Naut.) an unknown vessel.
Strange woman
(Script.) a harlot.
To make it strange
a - To assume ignorance, suspicion, or alarm, concerning it
- Prov. v. 3.
b - To make it a matter of difficulty.
- Shak.
To make strange
a - To profess ignorance or astonishment
- Chaucer.
b - To assume the character of a stranger
- Gen. xlii. 7.
adv.1.Strangely.
Most strange, but yet most truly, will I speak.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To alienate; to estrange.
v. i.1.To be estranged or alienated.
2.To wonder; to be astonished.

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