The general weal

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The general weal the well-being, interest, and prosperity of the country
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wela, wealth, bliss; Ger. wohl.

Usage

In literature:

Here we are met To represent the general weal.
"Wilhelm Tell" by Friedrich Schiller
What cares he for the general weal that's poor?
"Demetrius A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
They think they have little or no stake in the general weal of life.
"The American Missionary, Volume XLII. No. 10. October 1888" by Various
Unless we do our very utmost to promote the general weal, at whatever sacrifice to ourselves, it charges us with sin of omission.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
There is no limit to what I am bound to do for the general weal.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
To-day personal gratification is generally antagonistic to the common weal; the two exclude each other.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The government of business functioned effectively for the general weal.
"Behind the Mirrors" by Clinton W. Gilbert
Private interests must inevitably be sacrificed in the advancement of the general weal.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, October 1879" by Various
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