1. a stolen article found on the person of or near the thief: to be taken with the mainour.
1. Caught the thief, with the mainour, hey?
– Maria Edgeworth, the Parent’s Assistant
2. …if I be taken with the mainour, if the theft be found about me, I shall either be killed, or carted with a paper crown set upon my head, having my fault written in great text-letters.
– Fernando de Rojas, The Celestina
1. the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.
2. the word or words so added.
1. But you did establish personal contact? In epexegesis or on a point of order?
– James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake
2. One of the most striking peculiarities of colloquial speech in Dutch, and of natural free talk in general, is what is called epexegesis.
– Jan Gonda, Selected Studies
falsely or spuriously classic.
an irregular or unclassifiable form.