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Acʹcius Naʹvius

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A Roman augur in the reign of Tarquin the Elder. When he forbade the king to increase the number of the tribes without consulting the augurs, Tarquin asked him if the thought then in his mind was feasible. “Undoubtedly,” said Accius. “Then cut through this whetstone with the razor in your hand.” The priest gave a bold cut, and the block fell in two. This story (from Livy, Bk. i., chap. 36) is humorously retold in Bon Gaultier’s Ballads.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Acadia—i.e.
Acadine
Acanthus
Acceptance
Accessory
Accident
Accidental or Subjective Colours
Accidentals
Accidente!
Accidents
Accius Navius
Accolade
Accommodation
Accord
Accost
Account
Accurate
Accusative (The)
Ace
Aceldama
Acephalites

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