Word Wednesday: Gratitude – Noah Webster

For our special word for this Wednesday we stay on a Thanksgiving Day theme and turn to the wisdom of Noah Webster and his famous dictionary.

WebsterismsDrawing on the book Websterisms: A Collection of Words and Definitions Set Forth by the Founding Father of American English (Compiled by Arthur Schulman and published by the Free Press, 2008), we find this entry under the word “gratitude” in the original Webster’s Dictionary:

GRATITUDE, n. An emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received; a sentiment of kindness or good will towards a benefactor; thankfulness. Gratitude is an agreeable emotion, consisting in or accompanied with good will to a benefactor, and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or when no return can be made, with a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy. Gratitude is a virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of duty.
The love of God is the sublimest gratitude.  Paley.

Will such gratitude toward our supreme Benefactor fill our Thanksgiving Day?

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