See under (def 2b).
a member of a widely distributed secret order (Free and Accepted Masons) having for its object mutual assistance and the promotion of brotherly love among its members.
one of a class of skilled stoneworkers of the Middle Ages, possessing secret signs and passwords.
a member of a society composed of such workers, which also included honorary members (accepted masons) not connected with the building trades.
The butcher, and little fellow, who are assisting the terrified passengers, are possibly free and accepted masons.
The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings John Trusler
About this time the society of “Free and accepted masons” appeared publicly in this city.
A Comprehensive History of Norwich A. D. Bayne
There was hanging up in the Hall a list of the accepted masons enclosed in a “faire frame, with a lock and key.”
The Builders Joseph Fort Newton
(medieval history) a member of a guild of itinerant skilled stonemasons, who had a system of secret signs and passwords with which they recognized each other
a member of the widespread secret order, constituted in London in 1717, of Free and Accepted Masons, pledged to brotherly love, faith, and charity Sometimes shortened to Mason
late 14c., originally a traveling guild of masons with a secret code; in the early 17c. they began accepting honorary members and teaching them the secrets and lore, which by 1717 had developed into the fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons.
The exact origin of the free- is a subject of dispute. Some [e.g. Klein] see a corruption of French frère “brother,” from frèremaçon “brother mason;” others say it was because the masons worked on “free-standing” stones; still others see them as “free” from the control of local guilds or lords [OED].
generally approved; usually regarded as normal, right, etc.: an accepted pronunciation of a word; an accepted theory. to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor: to accept a present; to accept a proposal. to agree or consent to; accede to: to accept a treaty; to accept an apology. to respond or answer […]
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a technique of advertising in which two or more competing products are compared in such a manner that certain good qualities are conceded but one product is made to appear clearly more beneficial or desirable than its competitors.
a person who is , as for military service.
a person or thing that . Historical Examples Il peut, conformment ce qui est rgl par l’article 44, accepter la remise de la contrebande qui lui est offerte par le navire arrt. International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim The giver and the accepter are principally answerable in an unjust donation. […]