talent


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Talent \Tal"ent\ (t[a^]l"ent), n. [F., fr. L. talentum a talent
   (in sense 1), Gr. ta`lanton a balance, anything weighed, a
   definite weight, a talent; akin to tlh^nai to bear, endure,
   tolma^n, L. tolerare, tollere, to lift up, sustain, endure.
   See Thole, v. t., Tolerate.]
   1. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of
      money equal to 60 minae or 6,000 drachmae. The Attic
      talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a
      denomination of silver money, its value was [pounds]243
      15s. sterling, or about $1,180 (using 1900 values).
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            Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five
            hundred talents.                      --Jowett
                                                  (Thucid.).
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   2. Among the Hebrews, a weight and denomination of money. For
      silver it was equivalent to 3,000 shekels, and in weight
      was equal to about 933/4 lbs. avoirdupois; as a
      denomination of silver, it has been variously estimated at
      from [pounds]340 to [pounds]396 sterling, or about $1,645
      to $1,916 (ca. 1900). For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold
      shekels.
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   3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire. [Obs.]
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            They rather counseled you to your talent than to
            your profit.                          --Chaucer.
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   4. Intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental
      endowment or capacity; skill in accomplishing; a special
      gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty;
      a use of the word probably originating in the Scripture
      parable of the talents (--Matt. xxv. 14-30).
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            He is chiefly to be considered in his three
            different talents, as a critic, a satirist, and a
            writer of odes.                       --Dryden.
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            His talents, his accomplishments, his graceful
            manners, made him generally popular.  --Macaulay.
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   Syn: Ability; faculty; gift; endowment. See Genius.
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