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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GIFTS

The spirit and the gifts of freedom ill assort with the condition of a slave.

In the brilliancy of his gifts he was at least the equal of Bolingbroke.

God has given me gifts to use for my fellows, and use them I must till he, not man, stops me.

But let me hear, ere you start, what gifts you take away with you from Beaulieu?

The Christmas morning had brought Sidney half a dozen gifts.

That they are the gifts of His grace and that I am unworthy of them, 3.

They talked only of him, spreading out his gifts as if to shame hers.

The gifts of nature had been the instruments of dissipation.

Always ask love to pour out its gifts upon the altar of sacrifice.

He was of an acquisitive nature, was Charlie—and the road to his favor must be paved with gifts.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c. (c.1100 in surnames), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse gift, gipt "gift, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *giftiz (cf. Old Saxon gift, Old Frisian jefte, Middle Dutch ghifte "gift," German Mitgift "dowry"), from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive" (see habit).

For German Gift "poison," see poison (n.). Old English cognate gift meant "bride-price, marriage gift (by the groom), dowry" (Old English noun for "giving, gift" was related giefu). Sense of "natural talent" is c.1300, perhaps from earlier sense of "inspiration" (late 12c.). As a verb from 16c., especially in gifted. As a verb, giftwrap (also gift-wrap) attested by 1936.

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