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Definition of Renown

  RENOWN   noun
A degree of distinction between notoriety and fame -- a little more supportable than the one and a little more intolerable than the other.  Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and inconsiderate hand.
  I touched the harp in every key,
      But found no heeding ear;
  And then Ithuriel touched me
      With a revealing spear.

  Not all my genius, great as 'tis,
      Could urge me out of night.
  I felt the faint appulse of his,
      And leapt into the light!

W.J. Candleton

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


Last updated: 9/3/2011 12:48:30