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 Dear Bought and Far BroughtDeath, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dearest.
 
Most hateful, as dearest foe. The word dear, meaning “beloved,” is the Saxon deor (dear, rare); but dear, “hateful,” is the Anglo-Saxon derian (to hurt), Scotch dere (to annoy).
       
“Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven,
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatie.”
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Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 2.
 


 Dear Bought and Far BroughtDeath, 

 
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