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INTRODUCTION.
The lists of words comprising the Rhyming Dictionary annexed have been compiled with care and method. They are not a reprint, slightly altered, of any existing work of the same kind, but the result of a new and comprehensive overhauling of our English vocabulary, with a view to the selection of nearly all words suitable for Verse-Making at the end of the nineteenth century. The collection will be found to be more complete and varied than any that the compiler has been able to consult; while its improved arrangement will tend to facilitate reference.
Rhyme depends upon similarity of sound only, the spelling of the words being of no consequence: thus, curl, pearl, whirl, rhyme perfectly, as do also laugh, staff, photograph; whereas bough, cough, dough, stand in no harmonious relation to each other whatever. The words in this dictionary, therefore, are classed together as to their ending sowids only, and must be looked for under the letters that most plainly represent the sound: e.g. labour and saviour will be found under OR; pious, harmonious, and the like, under US; coalesce, effervesce, under ES, &c. Copious references,






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