|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations|
|Section VI. Time|
| 3. Time with reference to an Effect or Purpose|
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|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.
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|VERB:||BE LATE &c. adj.; tarry, wait, stay, bide, take time; dawdle &c. (be inactive) [See Inactivity]; linger, loiter; bide ones time, take ones 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 ones pillow, sleep upon it.
BE KEPT WAITING, dance attendance; kick ones heels [colloq.], cool ones heels [colloq.]; faire antichambre [F.]; wait impatiently; await (expect) [See Expectation]; sit up, sit up at night; lose an opportunity [See Intempestivity].
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|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.|
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|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 ones leisure; ex post facto [L.]; sine die [L.].
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- Nonum prematur in annum.Horace
- Against the sunbeams serotine and lucent.Longfellow
- È meglio tardi che mai.
- Deliberando spe perit occasio.Syrus
- Seven years, my lord, have now passed since I waited in your outward rooms, or was repulsed from your door.Johnson