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horrent (HOR-ehnt) adjective

Standing up like bristles, bristling.

[From Latin horrent-, stem of horrens, present participle of horrere (to bristle).]

"Still, Domingo might have some fun staging the work with his Washington Opera company, given such lines as: `No more shall treason's horrent head be seen presumptuous in the land of Gore!'" Mark Swed, Performing Arts; Opera's Supernovas Blaze Anew, The Los Angeles Times, Jan 7, 2001.

"With bright imblazonrie, and horrent arms." John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667.

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Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. -Charles Caleb Colton, author and clergyman (1780-1832)

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