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 (wĭth-ôl′, wĭth-)
1. In addition; besides: "He ... made it clear to all that I was his friend and withal a very good guy" (Joseph Epstein).
2. Despite that; nevertheless: "He was a crank and a nuisance, but withal a deeply innocent and brave man" (Arthur Miller).
3. Archaic Therewith: "She needs no old woman's broomstick to fly withal!" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
prep. Archaic
With. Used especially at the end of a question or a relative clause: "I nurs'd her daughter that you talk'd withal" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English : with, with; see with + al, all; see all.]


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary as well; likewise
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary nevertheless
3. archaic therewith
(postpositive) an archaic word for with
[C12: from with + all]


(wɪðˈɔl, wɪθ-)

1. with it all; as well; besides.
2. in spite of all; nevertheless.
3. Archaic. with that; therewith.
4. Archaic. with (used after its object).
[1150–1200; Middle English with al(le). See with, all]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.withal - despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"
2.withal - together with this


(archaic) [wɪˈðɔːl] ADVademás, también
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Somewhat puzzled, slightly annoyed, but enjoying withal the novelty of the environment and the curtness of his reception, Mr.
She turned her clear brown eyes upon him, and was regarding him with such manifest unconsciousness of the drift of his speech, and, withal, a little vague impatience of his archness, that Mr.
Here we have the man, sly, subtle, hard, imperious, and, withal, cold as ice.
My conclusion was that he had no soul, no heart, no mind; nothing, as I have already said, but instincts; and yet, withal, so cunningly had the few materials of his character been put together that there was no painful perception of deficiency, but, on my part, an entire contentment with what I found in him.
She was withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which was a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set of her charms.
Dropping his spade, he thrust both hands in, and drew out handfuls of something that looked like ripe Windsor soap, or rich mottled old cheese; very unctuous and savory withal.
Certain stray locks of decidedly curly hair, too, had escaped here and there, and had to be coaxed and cajoled into their place again; and then the new comer, who might have been five-and-twenty, turned from the small looking-glass, before which she had been making these arrangements, and looked well pleased,--as most people who looked at her might have been,--for she was decidedly a wholesome, whole-hearted, chirruping little woman, as ever gladdened man's heart withal.
Anon withal came there upon him two great giants, well armed, all save the heads, with two horrible clubs in their hands.
The short, rather plump wife of a starved grocer, and the mother of two children withal, this lieutenant had already earned the complimentary name of The Vengeance.
He was in his working-dress, and looked rugged enough, but manly withal, and a very fit protector for the blooming little creature at his side.
what should be leaving my room, as I advanced to enter it, but--well, it's no use, resolutions are all very well, but facts are facts, especially when they're natural, and here was I face to face with the most natural little natural fact, and withal the most charming and merry-eyed, that-- well, in short, as I came to enter my room I was confronted by the roundest, ruddiest little chambermaid ever created for the trial of mortal frailty.
He lives,'' said the Templar, coolly, ``lives as yet; but had he worn the bull's head of which he bears the name, and ten plates of iron to fence it withal, he must have gone down before yonder fatal axe.