Thrice Thrice (thr[imac]s), adv. [OE. thries; thrie thrice (AS. [thorn]riga, [thorn]riwa) + -s, the adverbal suffix. See {Three}, and {-wards}.] 1. Three times. ``Thrice in vain.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Verily I say unto thee. That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. --Matt. xxvi. 34. [1913 Webster]

2. In a threefold manner or degree; repeatedly; very. [1913 Webster]

Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you To pardon me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Thrice is often used, generally with an intensive force, to form compounds which are usually of obvious meaning; as, in thrice-blessed, thrice-favored, thrice-hallowed, thrice-happy, thrice-told, and the like. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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