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Definitions of lest

  1.   For fear that; that ... not.
  2.   for fear that; " she tiptoed lest her mother should hear her"
  3.   For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not.
  4.   Last; least.
  5.   In order that not; for fear that.
  6.   that ( after verbs explicitly expressing fear etc.); " he worried lest he should be late"
  7.   That not: for fear that.
  8.   That not; for fear that; as, Take heed lest ye fall; used after expressions indicating fear, anxiety, etc.
  9.   Lust; desire; pleasure.
  10.   That ( without the negative particle); - after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.
  11.   To listen.

Quotes of lest

  1. That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture! – Robert Browning
  2. To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening. It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant, to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry and extreme partisanship. – Robert Byrd
  3. So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it. – Nicolaus Copernicus
  4. But let us not too hastily triumph in the shame of Sparta, lest we aggravate our own condemnation. – Thomas Day
  5. Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory. – Claude Debussy
  6. Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss. – Abba Eban
  7. Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee. – Epictetus
  8. Monkeys who very sensibly refrain from speech, lest they should be set to earn their livings. – Kenneth Grahame
  9. If, amid the multitude of contending counsel, you have hesitated and doubted; if, when a great measure suggested itself, you have shrunk from the vast responsibility, afraid to go forward lest you should go wrong, what wonder? – Robert Dale Owen
  10. A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze. – Albert Pike
  11. Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety." – Francis Quarles
  12. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. – Carl Sandburg
  13. It has always been a great wrong that these men and their families should be held in bondage. We of the North have hitherto acquiesced in it, lest in the endeavor to redress it in violation of the Constitution, greater evils might ensue. – Jay Alan Sekulow
  14. Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed. – Ali ibn Abi Talib
  15. I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Usage examples for lest

  1. Dear Hubert, spare me- I dare not say more, lest I say too much. ” – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  2. “ For the common people both of the Citie and of the countrey feared lest in his absence some newe calamitie might happen; which they feared not while he was present. ” – The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, v. 1, Northern Europe by Richard Hakluyt
  3. “ I am afraid every moment lest he will strike you. ” – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  4. “ I have sometimes feared since, lest I cared for her only because she was so necessary to my own safety; but, no! ” – The Grey Woman and other Tales by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  5. “ I was afraid of speaking and asking Chickango what he advised, lest the elephant might hear us. ” – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  6. At the back of his mind lay an uneasy fear lest that girl business should spoil everything. ” – Command by William McFee
  7. Write quickly, lest we be discovered. ” – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  8. “ " He has been there these two hours," said Mrs. Langton, smiling, " and you never even saw him, which I hold very unkind to me; for, thinking you would like to meet your friend, I asked a card from Bertha, and did not mention the name to her, lest you should not enjoy the surprise. ” – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  9. She told me not to go out of the garden lest I should get lost; but if I keep in the road, I can't get lost! ” – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  10. She had managed so far to be always ready before the others, lest they complain. ” – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  11. He must hurry lest the spell will start working. ” – The White Feather Hex by Don Peterson
  12. And while this talk was going on the Elephant, the Clown, and the other Christmas toys were very much worried lest their part in the fun be found out. ” – The Story of a Stuffed Elephant by Laura Lee Hope
  13. She sat rigid, afraid to move lest she should fall. ” – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  14. “ I'll take no leave, lest they either dog me, or stay me. ” – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  15. When thee was so ill I would often lie awake whole nights thinking and trembling lest thee should die. ” – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  16. All the ladies, however, appeared to her to court the admiration of Vereza, and she trembled lest he should be too sensible of the distinction. ” – A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
  17. He was especially timid, and lived in a perpetual fear lest the newspapers should say something hard of him. ” – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  18. But she continued to sing, lest any of the women should be listening from a distance. ” – Khaled, A Tale of Arabia by F. Marion Crawford
  19. “ I will say no more lest I say too much. ” – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  20. He'll not sleep upon the way, and he'll take no food lest he should sleep. ” – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason

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