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except    : [ɪks'ɛpt]
Except \Ex*cept"\, prep. [Originally past participle, or verb in
the imperative mode.]
With exclusion of; leaving or left out; excepting.
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God and his Son except,
Created thing naught valued he nor . . . shunned.

Syn: {Except}, {Excepting}, {But}, {Save}, {Besides}.

Usage: Excepting, except, but, and save are exclusive. Except
marks exclusion more pointedly. "I have finished all
the letters except one," is more marked than "I have
finished all the letters but one." Excepting is the
same as except, but less used. Save is chiefly found
in poetry. Besides (lit., by the side of) is in the
nature of addition. "There is no one here except or
but him," means, take him away and there is nobody
present. "There is nobody here besides him," means, he
is present and by the side of, or in addition to, him
is nobody. "Few ladies, except her Majesty, could have
made themselves heard." In this example, besides
should be used, not except.
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Except \Ex*cept"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excepted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Excepting}.] [L. exceptus, p. p. of excipere to take or
draw out, to except; ex out capere to take: cf. F.
excepter. See {Capable}.]
1. To take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole
as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit.
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Who never touched
The excepted tree. --Milton.
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Wherein (if we only except the unfitness of the
judge) all other things concurred. --Bp.
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2. To object to; to protest against. [Obs.] --Shak.
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Except \Ex*cept"\, v. i.
To take exception; to object; -- usually followed by to,
sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his
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Except thou wilt except against my love. --Shak.
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Except \Ex*cept"\ ([e^]k*s[e^]pt"), conj.
Unless; if it be not so that.
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And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless
me. --Gen. xxxii.
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But yesterday you never opened lip,
Except, indeed, to drink. --Tennyson.
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Note: As a conjunction unless has mostly taken the place of
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v 1: take exception to; "he demurred at my suggestion to work on
Saturday" [synonym: {demur}, {except}]
2: prevent from being included or considered or accepted; "The
bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the
top piece" [synonym: {exclude}, {except}, {leave out}, {leave
off}, {omit}, {take out}] [ant: {include}]

148 Moby Thesaurus words for "except":
abjure, abscind, absolve, amputate, annihilate, apart from,
aside from, ban, bar, barring, bate, beside, besides, bob,
brush aside, but, chuck, chuck out, clip, contemn, contradict,
count out, crop, cull, cut, cut away, cut off, cut out, debar,
decline, deny, despise, disapprove, discard, discharge, disclaim,
discount, discounting, disdain, dismiss, disown, dispense from,
dispense with, disregard, dock, eliminate, enucleate, eradicate,
ex, except for, except that, excepting, exception taken of, excise,
exclude, excluding, exclusive of, excuse, exempt, expostulate,
extinguish, extirpate, forswear, free, from,
give dispensation from, grant immunity, however, if not, ignore,
inveigh against, isolate, kick, knock off, leave out, leaving out,
less, let alone, let go, let off, lop, minus, mutilate, nip,
not counting, object, off, omit, omitting, other than, outside of,
pare, pass by, pass over, pass up, peel, pick out, precluding,
protest, prune, push aside, rebuff, recant, refuse,
refuse to consider, reject, release, remise, remit, remonstrate,
renounce, repel, repudiate, repulse, root out, rule out, save,
save and except, save the necessity, saving, scout, set apart,
set aside, shave, shear, shove away, spare, spurn, stamp out,
strike off, strip, strip off, suspend, take off, take out, than,
throw away, throw out, truncate, turn away, turn out, unless,
unless that, waive, were it not, wipe out, without, yet

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