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The finer feminine instinct of Abigail led her to interpose.

Meanwhile, Miss Abigail had descended the stairs to the sitting room.

Similarly, she indulged a mettlesome fancy for referring to her hostess as "dear Abigail."

Abigail, to save her husband and his property, hastens to the foot of the hill.

The stories of Deborah and Abigail are very apt to discourage a woman's soul.

And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.

Both Lydia and Abigail, because of their independence, interested Susan greatly.

Abigail gave him no commandment from God, in the common sense of the word.

"This man," said Abigail Williams, going off into another fit.

Why should he not be as able to do it as Abigail Williams, or any other of the "afflicted" circle?

WORD ORIGIN

fem. proper name, in Old Testament, Abigail the Carmelitess, a wife of David, from Hebrew Abhigayil, literally "my father is rejoicing," from abh "father" + gil "to rejoice." Used in general sense of "lady's maid" (1660s) from character of that name in Beaumont & Fletcher's "The Scornful Lady." The waiting maid association perhaps begins with I Sam. xxv, where David's wife often calls herself a "handmaid." Her male counterpart was Andrew.

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lady's maid

nounpersonal attendant
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