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To ZEST. v.a.

To ZEST. v.a. To heighten by an additional relish.


ZEA’LOUSLY. adv. [from zealous.] With passionate ardour.
Thy care is fixt, and zealously attends,
To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,
And hope that reaps not shame. Milton.
To enter into a party as into an order of friars, with so re-
signed an obedience to superiors, is very unsuitable with the
civil and religious liberties we so zealously assert. Swift.

ZA’NY. n.s.

ZA’NY. n.s. [Probably of zanei.] The contraction of Gio-
vanni or sanna, a scoff, according to Skinner.] One em-
ployed to raise laughter by his gestures, actions and speeches;
a merry Andrew; a buffoon.
Some carrytale, some pleaseman, some slight zany,
Some mumblenews, some trencher knight, some Dick,
Told our intents before. Shakespeare.
Then write that I may follow, and so be
Thy echo, thy debtor, thy foil, thy zany,
I shall be thought, if mine like thine I shape,
All the world’s lion, though I be thy ape. Donne.
Oh, great restorer of the good old stage,
Preacher at once, and zany of thy age. Pope’s Dunciad.