[Ads-l] Antedating?: _cross_ "betray or cheat"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Wed Nov 18 01:56:18 UTC 2015

I think this "cross" is simply 14.a. fig.  "To thwart ...".  c1555.



     From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
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HDAS: 1821

Devotions in the Ancient Way of Offices ... Reform'd by a person of quality
... - Page 328
*John AUSTIN (Roman Catholic Writer.), Susannah HOPTON - 1765 - Read
Thus the far greatest part of wretched mankind, whom thy goodness created
in thine own similitude; Whom thy Son redeemed with his precious blood, and
design'd to so great and lasting a happiness; Still fail, alas! of their
true end, and die in their sins; as if thy design, Lord, could be _cross'd_.

Clearly, there are several readings of _cross'd_ available other than, in
this context, the HDAS-ian "betray." An obvious example is "frustrated."
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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