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    seated or laid up in the heart

    hearted
    adjective
    2. : seated or laid up in the heart
    (Webster's Unabridged 3)

    Help me to understand this. What/who is seated or laid up in the heart ? What "the heart" are they or it seated in?
    Last edited by VikNikSor; 4th May 2013 at 1:24 AM.
    "Someone must want an ice cream."

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    Re: seated or laid up in the heart

    I think it's being metaphorical. The who/what would be affection or devotion of some sort. Hearted is used mainly in composition these days so that is likely an old (and no longer used) definition of something like lionhearted.

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    Re: seated or laid up in the heart

    it seems that you describe the first definition of this article:
    1. : having a heart especially of a specified kind — usually used in combination
    a fainthearted leader
    a lighthearted wanderer

    2. : seated or laid up in the heart

    Or do they mean the same?
    "Someone must want an ice cream."

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    Re: seated or laid up in the heart

    What the heck sort of examples do they give for the second word?

    Here's the OED entry:
    5. Fixed or established in the heart.


    a1616 Shakespeare Othello (1622) iii. iii. 452 Yeeld vp O loue thy crowne, and harted Throne, To tirranous hate.


    1850 T. N. Talfourd Lett. Lamb vii. 67 A deep and hearted feeling of jealousy.
    I would say that this use is obsolete.

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    Re: seated or laid up in the heart

    Quote Originally Posted by lucas-sp View Post
    What the heck sort of examples do they give for the second word?
    Do you think I conceal them?
    There are none of them in the dictionary

    Thanks for answers
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    Re: seated or laid up in the heart

    Quote Originally Posted by VikNikSor View Post
    There are none of them in the dictionary
    Almost as if even the people who wrote the dictionary couldn't find any examples!

    (Just to point out: there were only those two usage examples in the OED. This was a rare word, even in the past.)

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