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compeer (KOM-pier, kuhm-PIER) noun

1. A person of equal status or rank; a peer.

2. A comrade, companion, or associate.

[Middle English comper, from Old French, from Latin compar, equal.]

"Mrs. King, left with four children to rear when her husband was assassinated April 4, 1968, has remained a respected voice for racial equity as founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Shabazz, however, led a less public life than her compeers." As Malcolm's Widow, Shabazz's Ordeal a Blow to Blacks, Los Angeles Sentinel, 18 Jun 1997.

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We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. -Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

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