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NEVER, adv.

1. Not ever not at any time at no time. It refers to the past or the future. This man was never at Calcutta he will never be there.
2. It has a particular use in the following sentences.

Ask me never so much dower and gift. Genesis 34 .

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Psalms 58 .

A fear of battery-though never so well grounded, is no duress.

This is a genuine English use of never, found in our Saxon authors, and it ought to be retained. Ask me so much dower as never was done that is, dower to any extent. The practice of using ever in such phrases, is corrupt. It not only destroys the force but the propriety of the phrase.

3. In no degree not.

Whoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another mans head and yet see never the worse.

4. It is used for not. He answered him never a word that is, not ever. This use is not common.
5. It is much used in composition as in never-ending, never-failing, never-dying, never-ceasing, never-fading but in all such compounds, never retains its true meaning.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Never'. King James Dictionary.

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