Dictionary: SU'I-CID-ISM – SUL'LEN-LY

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State of self-murdering.

SU'I-CISM, n. [for Suicide, is not in use.]

SUI-GENERIS, [Sui generis; L.]

Of its own or peculiar kind; singular.

SUIL'LAGE, n. [Fr. souillage.]

Drain of filth. [Obs.] – Wolton.

SU'ING, n. [Fr. suer, to sweat, L. sudo.]

The process of soaking through any thing. [Not in use.] – Bacon.

SU'ING, ppr. [of Sue.]


SUIT, n. [Norm. suit or suyt; Fr. suite, from suivre, to follow, from L. sequor. See Seek. In Law Latin, secta is from the same source. Literally, a following; and so used in the old English statutes.]

  1. Consecution; succession; series; regular order; as, the same kind and suit of weather. [Not now so applied.] – Bacon.
  2. A set; a number of things used together, and in a degree necessary to be united, in order to answer the purpose; as, a suit of curtains; a suit of armor; sometimes with less dependence of the particular parts on each other, but still, united in use; as, a suit of clothes; a suit of apartments.
  3. A set of the same kind or stamp; as, a suit of cards.
  4. Retinue; a company or number of attendants or followers; attendance; train; as, a nobleman and his suit. [This is sometimes pronounced as a French word, sweet; but in all its senses, this is the same word, and the affectation of making it French in one use and English in another, is improper, not to say ridiculous. The French orthography suite is rejected very properly by Jameson.]
  5. A petition; a seeking for something by petition or application. Many shall make suit to thee. – Job xi.
  6. Solicitation of a woman in marriage; courtship. – Shak.
  7. In law, an action or process for the recovery of a right or claim; legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of right before any tribunal; as, a civil suit; a criminal suit; a suit in chancery. In England, the several suits or remedial instruments of justice, are distinguished into three kinds, actions personal, real, and mixed. – Blackstone.
  8. Pursuit; prosecution; chase. – Spenser. Cyc. Suit and service, in feudal law, the duty of feudatories to attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of peace and in war to follow them and perform military service. Blackstone. To bring suit, a phrase in law, denoting literally to bring secta, followers or witnesses to prove the plaintif's demand. The phrase is antiquated, or rather it has changed its signfication; for to bring a suit, now is to institute an action. Out of suits, having no correspondence. – Shak. Suit-covenant, in law, is a covenant to sue at a certain court. – Bailey. Suit-court, in law, the court in which tenants owe attendance to their lord. – Bailey.

SUIT, v.i.

To agree; to accord; as, to suit with; to suit to. Pity suits with a noble nature. – Dryden. Give me not an office / That suits with me so ill. – Addison. The place itself was suiting to his care. – Dryden. [The use of with, after suit, is now most frequent.]

SUIT, v.t.

  1. To fit; to adapt; to make proper. Suit the action to the word. Suit the gestures to the passion to be expressed. Suit the style to the subject.
  2. To become; to be fitted to. Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well. – Dryden. Raise her notes to that sublime degree, / Which suits a song of piety and thee. – Prior.
  3. To dress; to clothe. Such a Sebastian was my brother too, / So went lie suited to his watery tomb. – Shak.
  4. To please; to make content. He is well suited with his place.


  1. Fitting; according with; agreeable to proper; becoming; as, ornaments suitable to one's character and station; language suitable to the subject.
  2. Adequate. We can not make suitable returns for divine mercies.


Fitness; propriety; agreeableness a state of being adapted or accommodated. Consider the laws, and their suitableness to our moral state.

SUIT'A-BLY, adv.

Fitly; agreeably; with propriety. Let words be suitably applied.

SUITE, n. [See SUIT. No. 4.]

SUIT'ED, pp.

Fitted; adapted; pleased.

SUIT'ING, ppr.

Fitting; according with; becoming; pleasing.


  1. One that sues or prosecutes a demand of right in law, as a plaintif, petitioner or appellant.
  2. One who attends a court, whether plaintif, defendant, petitioner, appellant, witness, juror and the like. These, in legal phraseology, are all included in the word sailors.
  3. A petitioner; an applicant. She hath been a suitor to me for her brother. – Shak.
  4. One who solicits a woman in marriage; a wooer; a lover.


A female supplicant. – Rowe.

SUL'CATE, or SUL'CA-TED, a. [L. sulcus, a furrow.]

In botany, furrowed; grooved; scored with deep broad channels longitudinally; as, a sulcated stem. – Martyn.

SUL'KI-LY, adv.

Sullenly; morosely. – Iron Chest.

SUL'KI-NESS, n. [from sulky.]

Sullenness; sourness; moroseness.

SUL'KY, a. [Sax. solcen, sluggish.]

Sullen; sour; heavy; obstinate; morose. While these animals remain in their inclosures they are sulky. – As. Res.

SUL'KY, n.

A carriage for a single person.

SUL'LAGE, n. [See Sulliage.]

A drain of filth, or filth collected from the street or highway. – Cyc.

SUL'LEN, a. [perhaps set, fixed, and allied to silent, still, &c.]

  1. Gloomily, angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor. And sullen I forsook th' imperfect feast. – Prior.
  2. Mischievous; malignant. Such sullen planets at my birth did shine. – Dryden.
  3. Obstinate; intractable. Things are as sullen as we are. – Tillotson.
  4. Gloomy; dark; dismal. Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth? – Shak. Night with her sullen wings. – Milton. No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows. – Pope.
  5. Heavy; dull; sorrowful. Be thou the trumpet of our wrath, / And sullen presage of your own decay. – Shak.

SUL'LEN-LY, adv.

Gloomily; malignantly; intractably; with moroseness. – Dryden.