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"Those who know me don't generally doubt my word," said Robert, coldly.

The prayer concluded, Mr Clayton coldly requested me to retire.

It was ingratitude of the blackest character, to listen so coldly to his wishes.

"I must speak to him myself, sir," replied the stranger, coldly.

He kept following Andrew about the room with coldly curious eyes.

Her face, as she scrutinized once again the man at the desk, was coldly malignant.

"You are crazy; so do not talk any more," interrupted Hubertine, coldly.

"You have the story told by your fathers," returned the other, coldly waving his hand.

So Jacob said; but he was a man of tepid words, and perhaps he remembered the message too coldly.

"I guess that'll be about enough," Jack interrupted her, coldly.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cald (Anglian), ceald (West Saxon) "cold, cool" (adj.), "coldness," from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon kald, Old High German and German kalt, Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds "cold"), possibly a past participle adjective of *kal-/*kol-, from PIE root *gel-/*gol- "cold" (cf. Latin gelare "to freeze," gelu "frost," glacies "ice").

Meaning "not strong" (in reference to scent) is 1590s, from hunting. Cold front in weather is from 1921. Cold-call in the sales pitch sense first recorded 1972. Japanese has two words for "cold:" samui for coldness in the atmosphere or environment; tsumetai for things which are cold to touch, and also in the figurative sense, with reference to personalities, behaviors, etc.

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