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Diʹamond

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A corruption of adamant. So called because the diamond, which cuts other substances, can be cut or polished with no substance but itself. (Greek, a damao, what cannot be subdued. Latin, adamas, gen. adamant-is; French, diamant.)

Diʹamond (3 syl.). Son of Agʹapë, a fairy. He was very strong, and fought either on foot or horse with a battle-axe. He was slain in single combat by Camʹbalo. (See Triamond.) (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book iv.)

A diamond of the first water. A man of the highest merit. The colour or lustre of a pearl or diamond is called itswater.” One of the “first water” is one of the best colour and most brilliant lustre. We say also, “A man of the first water.”

A rough diamond. An uncultivated genius; a person of excellent parts, but without society manners.

“As for Warrington, that rough diamond had not had the polish of a dancing-master, and he did not know how to waltz.”—Thackeray.

Diamond cut diamond. Cunning outwitting cunning; a hard bargain overreached. A diamond is so hard that it can only be ground by diamond dust, or by rubbing one against another.

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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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