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Blazon Definition

Poetry which catalogues the virtues or attributes of women e.g. the tenth stanza of Spenser's Epithalamion.


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[n] (heraldry) the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
[v] decorate with heraldic arms

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\Bla"zon\, n. [OE. blason, blasoun, shield, fr. F. blason coat of arms, OF. shield, from the root of AS. bl[ae]se blaze, i. e., luster, splendor, MHG. blas torch See {Blaze}, n.]
1. A shield. [Obs.]
2. An heraldic shield; a coat of arms, or a bearing on a coat of arms; armorial bearings. Their blazon o'er his towers displayed. --Sir W. Scott.
3. The art or act of describing or depicting heraldic bearings in the proper language or manner. --Peacham.
4. Ostentatious display, either by words or other means; publication; show; description; record. Obtrude the blazon of their exploits upon the company. --Collier. Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions, and spirit, Do give thee fivefold blazon. --Shak.
\Bla"zon\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blazoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blazoning}.] [From blazon, n.; confused with 4th blaze: cf. F. blasonner.]
1. To depict in colors; to display; to exhibit conspicuously; to publish or make public far and wide. Thyself thou blazon'st. --Shak. There pride sits blazoned on th' unmeaning brow. --Trumbull. To blazon his own worthless name. --Cowper.
2. To deck; to embellish; to adorn. She blazons in dread smiles her hideous form. --Garth.
3. (Her.) To describe in proper terms (the figures of heraldic devices); also, to delineate (armorial bearings); to emblazon. The coat of, arms, which I am not herald enough to blazon into English. --Addison.
\Bla"zon\, v. i. To shine; to be conspicuous. [R.]

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