1. = idiom n. 2. Obs.
1588 J. Harvey Discoursiue Probl. conc. Prophesies 65 Some patcheries bungled up in an uplandish Ideotisme.
1593 G. Harvey Pierces Supererogation 158 When I am better grammered in the Accidents of his proper Idiotisme, and growen into some more acquaintance with his confuting Dictionary.
a1631 J. Donne Serm. (1957) III. 94 It is the language and the Idiotisme of the Church of God, that the resurrection is to be beleeved as an article of faith.
c1689 in Coll. Scarce & Valuable Tracts (1748) II. 433 By this Rule, Clemency and Tyrany should signify the same Thing; which, according to the Idiotism of our Days, are quite contrary.
†2. = idiom n. 1. Obs.
1605 J. Dove Confut. Atheisme 46 The same idiotisme and proprietye of speach in both Testaments vsed..doe shewe that they were written by one and the selfe-same spirit.
1683 Dryden Life Plutarch in tr. Plutarch Lives 96 We may have lost somewhat of the Idiotism of that Language in which it [sc. a jest] was spoken.
1731 J. Gill Trinity (1752) ii. 23 In perfect agreement with the idiotism of the Hebrew language.
1807 F. Wrangham Serm. Transl. Script. 21 Stamped with idiotism or with peregrinity.
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