I have been so thrilled with this dictionary. Not only is it a thorough dictionary but it includes sentences from great literature and from the Bible. Some of the definitions are, of course, historical rather than contemporary for example: Awful - "1. That strikes with awe; that fills with profound reverence; as the awful majesty of Jehovah." But includes an explanation of more common usage; "Our common people use this word in the sense of frightful, ugly, detestable" as well as a reference to how Shakespeare used the word. It is a wonderful tool for word study and a great accompaniment to a classical education.
If one wishes to understand the actual meanings of the old KJV English, this book is a necessary first stop along the way. Greatly aids in adding a new dimension of understanding implied through the deeply description and intense definitions of old English. This book leaves no room for the liberal, politically correct interpretations of present day Christianity in America!
Bought this for my wife as a birthday gift. She is a middle school language arts teacher and I felt that we could not miss the valuable history that Mr. Webster put into words and can be shared with future generations nearly 200 years after he put it into print. Thanks to CBD for making this available to all of us.