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Synonyms for burthen

a variant of 'burden'

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weight down with a load

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Brooke's mind, if it had the burthen of remembering any train of thought, would let it drop, run away in search of it, and not easily come back again.
The only thing I found in all her conversation on these subjects that gave me any distaste, was, that one time in discouraging about my being far gone with child, and the time I expected to come, she said something that looked as if she could help me off with my burthen sooner, if I was willing; or, in English, that she could give me something to make me miscarry, if I had a desire to put an end to my troubles that way; but I soon let her see that I abhorred the thoughts of it; and, to do her justice, she put it off so cleverly, that I could not say she really intended it, or whether she only mentioned the practice as a horrible thing; for she couched her words so well, and took my meaning so quickly, that she gave her negative before I could explain myself.
Now and then, alas, the conscience of man takes up a burthen so heavy in horror that it can be thrown down only into the grave.
We meant to lessen the laboring man's great burthen of toil, by performing our due share of it at the cost of our own thews and sinews.
Lordship be carried in opinion from it, yet I beseech his highness to pardon this my presumption which out of my soul's devotion and service to my sovereign and my Country I tender on my knees and most humbly entreat Your Lordship to call my boldness an honest zeal for I have desired rather to bear the burthen of poverty then of the rich.
Falkland walks to the street "with his lovely, half-naked burthen in his arms" (724; Caleb Williams 50 n.
Clay, "who had returned, after an unprosperous marriage, to her father's house, with the additional burthen of two children" (17).
Without you, the world would be a desart to her, and life a burthen" (265).
This "freight" then transforms abmptly into the free-floating "it" of line 374, so that the increasing unmooring of this "burthen [the Emir] so gently [bore]" (360) from signification is reflected, at the level of syntax, by the conspicuous lack of a grammatical antecedent that could anchor the reference of the pronoun.
This is what leads to "[advancement" and "improvement in condition." Slavery, by contrast, is the "effort of some to shift their share of the burthen" of labor "on to the shoulders of others." Slavery was not merely about racial coercion; it was a system that "scorned labour" as slave-work and appealed to those "who looked upon work as vulgar and ungentlemanly." And if we are to judge by the voices of Northerners at the close of the war, the imposition of capitalism on a South to which it had been a stranger was the first item on the Reconstruction agenda.
exclusive original cognizance of all civil causes of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, including all seizures under laws of impost, navigation or trade of the United States, where the seizures are made, on waters which are navigable from sea by vessels of ten or more tons of burthen, within their respective districts as well as upon the high seas; saving to suitors, in all cases, the right of a common law remedy, where the common law is competent to give it ....'"
Indeed, in September of that year, after 60 seamen were captured near Lizard Port, the Mayor of Dartmouth complained to the Privy Council that "the wives and children are becoming an intolerable burthen" (CSP Dom 1625-26 8: 398).
The singer Must then pass out of sight, not even relieved Of the evil burthen of the words.