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anon (uh-NON) adverb

1. At another time.

2. Soon.

3. At once; immediately (archaic).

[From Middle English, from Old English on an, (in one).]

"Anon, King Hamlet discovers his brother's perfidy. Threatened with banishment, poverty, and disgrace, Claudius poisons the king, promptly marries Gertrude, and assumes the Danish crown." Witty, Wise, Then Weary, The Economist (London), Feb 19, 2000.

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My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)

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