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enow (i-NOU) adjective, adverb

Enough.

[From Middle English inow, from Old English genoge, plural of genog (enough). Ultimately from Indo-European root nek- (to reach, attain) that also gave us oncology (branch of medicine dealing with tumors), from Greek oncos (mass, bulk).]

"If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men the greater share of honour."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616); King Henry V.

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The intellect of man is forced to choose / Perfection of the life, or of the work, / And if it take the second must refuse / A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark. -William Butler Yeats, writer, Nobel laureate (1865-1939)

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