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a.1.Written or printed in black letter; as, a black-letter manuscript or book.
2.Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of old books; out of date.
Kemble, a black-letter man!
- J. Boaden.
3.Of or pertaining to the days in the calendar not marked with red letters as saints' days; - compare red-letter.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Around the walls stood several oaken bookcases, the lower shelves of which were filled with rows of gigantic folios and black-letter quartos, and the upper with little parchment-covered duodecimos.
Undoing the silver clasps, he opened the volume, and took from among its black-letter pages a rose, or what was once a rose, though now the green leaves and crimson petals had assumed one brownish hue, and the ancient flower seemed ready to crumble to dust in the doctor's hands.
One limped across the floor like a gouty grandfather; one set a pair of spectacles astride of his nose, and pretended to pore over the black-letter pages of the book of magic; a third seated himself in an arm-chair, and strove to imitate the venerable dignity of Dr.
True enough, thought I, as this passage occurred to my mind --old black-letter, thou reasonest well.
In Grandfather's younger days there used to be a wax figure of him in one of the Boston museums, representing a solemn, dark-visaged person, in a minister's black gown, and with a black-letter volume before him.
Dimmesdale, noon-day, and entirely unawares, fell into a deep, deep slumber, sitting in his chair, with a large black-letter volume open before him on the table.
He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened.
Each problem presents an introduction to place it in context, the facts, and four main topics in legal ethics that the problem raises, along with black-letter questions, cases, ethics opinions, and other questions.
On one hand, taking the law exactly as it is written, also known as a "black-letter" approach to law, provides clarity and consistency within our society.
It occurs less frequently than a blue moon and is rarer than a no-hitter in Major League Baseball, but black-letter initials on an aircraft inspection form do happen, as a C-130 crew chief at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, recently found out.
The 17 chapters presented here by Morano-Foadi (European law, Oxford Brookes U., England) and Malena (a protection associate with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, in Italy) blend legal, sociological, and policy-oriented research in order to investigate the combined effects of black-letter law and practical realities on inequalities experienced by non-EU migrants and asylum-seekers in the EU.