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1. A pack; a bundle.
2. A burden.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of farde, package, from Arabic farda, single piece, pack, bundle, from farada, to be separate; see prd in Semitic roots.]
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archaic a bundle or burden
[C13: from Old French farde, ultimately from Arabic fardah]
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(ˈfɑr dl)

n. Archaic.
1. a bundle.
2. a burden.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Provençal, derivative of fard(a) bundle (« Arabic fardah load)]
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 a bundle or pack—Johnson, 1755; the baggage of a company of men collectively; also called fardellage, 1489; fardlet, a small bundle, 1413.
Examples: fardel of faults, 1644; of foolish impossibilities, 1614; of linen, 1600; of myths, 1873; of papers, 1681; of sin, 1483; of sorrow; of traditions, 1703; of troubles, 1576; of wickedness, 1381.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fardel - a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
burden, encumbrance, onus, incumbrance, load - an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
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References in classic literature ?
As he spoke, a dozen men rushed forward, each screening himself behind a huge fardel of brushwood.
(9) Lazaro comments: "El traia el pan y todas las otras cosas en un fardel de lienzo que por la boca se cerraba con una argolla de hierro y su candado y su llave" (La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes 98).
Fardel, "Differential regulation of sinusoidal and canalicular hepatic drug transporter expression by xenobiotics activating drug-sensing receptors in primary human hepatocytes," Drug Metabolism and Disposition, vol.
For example, the "small Fardel" stolen by a pair of thieves in Daniel Defoe's Memoirs of a Cavalier (1720) has its contents itemized in the form of a list: "we opened it and found 'twas a Bundle of some Linen, 13 or 14 Pieces of Plate, and in a Small Cup three Rings, a fine Necklace of Pearl, and the Value of 100 Rix-dollars in Money" (Memoirs 75).
I am very religious, and deprived by Huxley and Tyndall, whom I detested, of the simple-minded religion of my childhood, I had made a new religion, almost an infallible church of poetic tradition, of a fardel of stories, and of personages, and of emotions, inseparable from their first expression, passed on from generation to generation by poets and painters with some help from philosophers and theologians.
Maubon, N., Le Vee, M., Fossati, L, Audry, M., Le Ferrec, E., Bolze, S., Fardel, 0., 2007.
(19) Burton: "I was ever wont to intermix with mine own work some ornaments from the works of others, and I have laboriously collected this fardel out of divers writers, and like him, sine injuria, I have wronged no writers, but given every man his due; and thus citing and quoting mine authors, I am no thief.I have taken, not stolen" (23).
Fardel, "Regulation of drug transporter mRNA expression by interferon-[gamma] in primary human hepatocytes," Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology, vol.
Davidson, Landerman, Fardel y Clary, como se cita en Bernik et al.