Than Than ([th][a^]n), conj. [OE. than, thon, then, thanne, thonne, thenne, than, then, AS. [eth]anne, [eth]onne, [eth][ae]nne; akin to D. dan, OHG. danne, G. dann then, denn than, for, Goth. [thorn]an then, and to E. the, there, that. See {That}, and cf. {Then}.] A particle expressing comparison, used after certain adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity, as more, better, other, otherwise, and the like. It is usually followed by the object compared in the nominative case. Sometimes, however, the object compared is placed in the objective case, and than is then considered by some grammarians as a preposition. Sometimes the object is expressed in a sentence, usually introduced by that; as, I would rather suffer than that you should want. [1913 Webster]

Behold, a greater than Solomon is here. --Matt. xii. 42. [1913 Webster]

Which when Beelzebub perceived, than whom, Satan except, none higher sat. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

It's wiser being good than bad; It's safer being meek than fierce; It's fitter being sane than mad. --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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