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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VI. Time
3. Time with reference to an Effect or Purpose
 
133. Lateness.
 
  
NOUN:LATENESS &c. adj.; tardiness (slowness) [See Slowness].
  DELAY, cunctation [rare] tarriance, moration [rare], delation [archaic], procrastination; deferring &c. v.; postponement, adjournment, prorogation, retardation, respite; protraction, prolongation; after-time; circumlocution office [ridicule], “circumlocution court” [Dickens], chancery suit, Fabian policy, médecine expectante [F.], moratorium; leeway; high time; truce, reprieve, demurrage; stop, stay, suspension, remand.
  
VERB:BE LATE &c. adj.; tarry, wait, stay, bide, take time; dawdle &c. (be inactive) [See Inactivity]; linger, loiter; bide one’s time, take one’s time; gain time; hang fire; stand over, lie over; hang, hang around or about [colloq.], hang back [colloq.], hang in the balance, hang in the hedge, hang up [colloq.], sit up for, stay up for.
  PUT OFF, defer, delay, lay over, suspend; shift off, stave off; waive, retard, remand, postpone, adjourn; procrastinate; dally; prolong, protract; spin out, draw out, lengthen out; prorogue; keep back; tide over; push to the last, drive to the last; let the matter stand over; table, lay on the table, shelve; respite [rare], perendinate [rare]; reserve (store) [See Store]; temporize, filibuster [U. S.], stall [slang]; consult one’s pillow, sleep upon it.
  BE KEPT WAITING, dance attendance; kick one’s heels [colloq.], cool one’s heels [colloq.]; faire antichambre [F.]; wait impatiently; await (expect) [See Expectation]; sit up, sit up at night; lose an opportunity [See Intempestivity].
  
ADJECTIVE:LATE, tardy, slow, cunctatious or cunctative [rare], behindhand, serotine [rare], belated, postliminary [rare], posthumous, backward, unpunctual, impunctual [rare], overdue, moratory; dilatory (slow) [See Slowness]; delayed &c. v.; in abeyance.
  
ADVERB:LATE; backward, lateward [obs.], late in the day; at sunset, at the eleventh hour, at length, at last; ultimately; after time, behind time; too late; too late for [See Intempestivity].
  SLOWLY, leisurely, deliberately, at one’s leisure; ex post facto [L.]; sine die [L.].
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Nonum prematur in annum.—Horace
  2. Against the sunbeams serotine and lucent.—Longfellow
  3. È meglio tardi che mai.
  4. Deliberando sœpe perit occasio.—Syrus
  5. Seven years, my lord, have now passed since I waited in your outward rooms, or was repulsed from your door.—Johnson

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