Dictionary: EX-ACT'ER – EX-AM'IN-A-BLE

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One who exacts; an extortioner.

EX-ACT'ING, ppr.

Demanding and compelling to pay or yield under color of authority; requiring authoritatively; demanding without pity or justice; extorting; compelling by necessity.


  1. The act of demanding with authority, and compelling to pay or yield; authoritative demand; a levying or drawing from by force; a driving to compliance; as, the exaction of tribute or of obedience.
  2. Extortion; wresting from one unjustly; the taking advantage of one's necessities, to compel him to pay illegal or exorbitant tribute, fees or rewards. Take away your exactions from my people. Ezek. xlv.
  3. That which is exacted; tribute, fees, rewards or contributions demanded or levied with severity or injustice. Kings may be enriched by exactions, but their power is weakened by the consequent disaffection of their subjects.


Exactness. [Little used.]

EX-ACT'LY, adv.

  1. Precisely according to rule or measure; nicely; accurately. A tenon should be exactly fitted to the mortise.
  2. Precisely according to fact. The story exactly accords with the fact or event.
  3. Precisely according to principle, justice or right.


  1. Accuracy; nicety; precision; as, to make experiments with exactness.
  2. Regularity; careful conformity to law or rules of propriety; as, exactness of deportment.
  3. Careful observance of method and conformity to truth; as, exactness in accounts or business.


  1. One who exacts; an officer who collects tribute, taxes or customs. I will make thine officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Isa. lx.
  2. An extortioner; one who compels another to pay more than is legal or reasonable; one who demands something without pity or regard to justice. Bacon.
  3. He that demands by authority; as, an exactor of oaths. Bacon.
  4. One who is unreasonably severe in his injunctions or demands. Tillotson.


A female who exacts or is severe in her injunctions. B. Jonson.

EX-AC'U-ATE, v.t. [L. exacuo.]

To whet or sharpen. [Not in use.] B. Jonson.

EX-AG'GER-ATE, v.t. [L. exaggero; ex and aggero, to heap, from agger, a heap.]

  1. To heap on; to accumulate. In this literal sense, it is seldom used; perhaps never.
  2. To highten; to enlarge beyond the truth; to amplify; to represent as greater than strict truth will warrant. A friend exaggerates a man's virtues; an enemy exaggerates his vices or faults.
  3. In painting, to highten in coloring or design. Encyc.


Enlarged beyond the truth.


Enlarging or amplifying beyond the truth.


  1. A heaping together; heap; accumulation. [Little used.] Hale.
  2. In rhetoric, amplification; a representation of things beyond the truth; hyperbolical representation, whether of good or evil.
  3. In painting, a method of giving a representation of things too strong for the life.


Containing exaggeration.

EX-AG'I-TATE, v.t. [L. exagito.]

To shake; to agitate; to reproach. [Little used or obsolete.] Arbuthnot.





EX-ALT', v.t. [egzolt'; Fr. exalter; Sp. exaltar; It. esaltare; Low L. exalto; ex and altus, high.]

  1. To raise high; to elevate.
  2. To elevate in power, wealth, rank or dignity; as, to exalt one to a throne, to the chief magistracy, to a bishopric.
  3. To elevate with joy or confidence; as, to be exalted with success or victory. [We now use elate.]
  4. To raise with pride; to make undue pretensions to power, rank or estimation; to elevate too high or above others. He that exalteth himself shall be abased. Luke xiv. Matth. xxiii.
  5. To elevate in estimation and praise; to magnify; to praise; to extol. He is my father's God, and I will exalt him. Ex. xv.
  6. To raise, as the voice; to raise in opposition. 2 Kings xix.
  7. To elevate in diction or sentiment; to make sublime; as, exalted strains.
  8. In physics, to elevate; to purify; to subtilize; to refine; as, to exalt the juices or the qualities of bodies.


  1. The act of raising high.
  2. Elevation to power, office, rank, dignity or excellence.
  3. Elevated state; state of greatness or dignity. I wondered at my flight, and change / To this high exaltation. Milton.
  4. In pharmacy, the refinement or subtilization of bodies or their qualities and virtues, or the increase of their strength.
  5. In astrology, the dignity of a planet in which its powers are increased. Johnson.

EX-ALT'ED, pp.

Raised to a lofty highth; elevated; honored with office or rank; extolled; magnified; refined; dignified; sublime. Time never fails to bring every exalted reputation to a strict scrutiny. Ames.


  1. The state of being elevated.
  2. Conceited dignity or greatness.


One who exalts or raises to dignity.

EX-ALT'ING, ppr.

Elevating; raising to an eminent station; praising; extolling; magnifying; refining.

EX-A'MEN, n. [egza'men; L. examen, the tongue, needle or beam of a balance. It signifies also a swarm of bees. Sp. enxambre, a swarm of bees, a crowd; Port. enxame; It. sciamo; Fr. essaim. From its use in a balance, it came to signify examination.]

Examination, disquisition; inquiry. [Little used.] Brown.

EX-AM'IN-A-BLE, a. [See Examine.]

That may be examined; proper for judicial examination or inquiry. S. Court, United States.