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 Act of God (An).Ac’tian Years. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Actæon.
 
A hunter. In Grecian mythology Actæon was a huntsman, who surprised Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag, and torn to pieces by his own hounds. Hence, a man whose wife is unfaithful. (See HORNS.)   1
       
“Go thou, like Sir Actæon, with Ringwood at thy heel.”
       
Shakespeare: Merry Wives, ii. 1.
       
“Divulge Page himself for a secure and wilful Actæon.”
       
Ibid. iii. 2.
 


 Act of God (An).Ac’tian Years. 

 
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