One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In addition; as a further factor or consideration.‘the whole is light and portable, and ornamental withal’
- ‘Thou art the source of light and withal my own true self.’
- ‘But he was a magnificent all-round fieldsman withal.’
- ‘Srinath is a South Indian, rice-eating vegetarian - and withal, a world-class fast bowler.’
- ‘And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.’
- ‘Nothing that we can do will alter the inscrutable and withal immutable laws which direct our progress on this globe.’
- ‘The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.’
- 1.1 All the same; nevertheless (used when adding something that contrasts with a previous comment)‘she gave him a grateful smile, but rueful withal’
nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, just the same, anyway, anyhow, still, yet, however, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, be that as it may, in any event, at any rateView synonyms
- ‘It would be splendid for his woodblock-cutting methods - the stone upon stone, its grim severity and grace withal.’
- ‘For what are idols but what the same Scripture describes in these words: ‘Eyes have they, and they do not see,’ and whatever else may be said of substances however skillfully carved into shape, but withal lacking life and sense?’
- ‘All this having been true to Burbank, if I caught his thought correctly, the great scientist's tolerant, yet withal inflexible, attitude toward those who were disparaging and excoriating him is entirely understandable.’
With (used at the end of a clause)‘we sat with little to nourish ourselves withal but vile water’
Middle English: originally as with all.
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