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He had for years been writing of family and social duties; here was his illustration!

And this illustration has significance for more than the physical order of revelation.

Let us look at the opening chapters of Genesis for illustration.

A glance at the illustration will make this plain, and also show how the wires are to be placed.

Not from the marvellous, my friends; let us seek an illustration from the ordinary.

He looked like his illustration, as he raised his eyes to Mr. Lorry's face.

In illustration of what we mean, take a passage from the poet Shelley.

It would be the exemplification of Carlyle's illustration of the snake.

It does not move us until we know that it is an illustration of Erasmus's Christian Knight.

I shall add only a single other illustration of what I mean, before I close.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "a shining;" early 15c., "a manifestation;" mid-15c., "a spiritual illumination," from Old French illustration "apparition, appearance," and directly from Latin illustrationem (nominative illustratio) "vivid representation" (in writing), literally "an enlightening," from past participle stem of illustrare "light up, make light, illuminate;" figuratively "make clear, disclose, explain; adorn, render distinguished," from assimilated form of in- "in" (see in- (2)) + lustrare "make bright, illuminate," related to lucere "shine," lux "light" (see light (n.)). Mental sense of "act of making clear in the mind" is from 1580s. Meaning "an illustrative picture" is from 1816.

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