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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISPENSING

Camille was there, dispensing its promiscuous hospitality to men who ate like pigs.

Thorough knowledge of obstetrics and dispensing indispensable.

How could she shrink from the blessedness of dispensing the divine mercy?

The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything.

To moralise this story, Virgil is the Apollo who has this dispensing power.

Who had been more zealous for the dispensing power than Alsop?

Integrity requires the seeking after, as well as the dispensing of, truth.

The clothes which you brought with you we have taken the liberty of dispensing with.

But whoever acknowledges the dispensing power of the Pope, can give no security for his allegiance to any government.

Seek to view yourself as a consecrated medium for dispensing them to others.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French dispenser "give out" (13c.), from Latin dispensare "disburse, administer, distribute (by weight)," frequentative of dispendere "pay out," from dis- "out" (see dis-) + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant).

In Medieval Latin, dispendere was used in the ecclesiastical sense of "grant license to do what is forbidden or omit what is required" (a power of popes, bishops, etc.), and thus acquired a sense of "grant remission from punishment or exemption from law," hence "to do away with" (1570s), "do without" (c.1600). Older sense is preserved in dispensary. Related: Dispensed; dispensing.

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