Thrice (?), adv. [OE. thries; thrie thrice (AS. riga, riwa) + -s, the adverbal suffix. See Three, and -wards.]

1.

Three times.

"Thrice in vain."

Spenser.

Verily I say unto thee. That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Matt. xxvi. 34.

2.

In a threefold manner or degree; repeatedly; very.

Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you To pardon me. Shak.

Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just. Shak.

Thrice is often used, generally with an intensive force, to form compounds which are usually of obvious meaning; as, in thrice-blessed, thrice-favored, thrice-hallowed, thrice-happy, thrice-told, and the like.

 

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