• WordNet 3.6
    • n weal a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Weal A sound, healthy, or prosperous state of a person or thing; prosperity; happiness; welfare. "God . . . grant you wele and prosperity.""As we love the weal of our souls and bodies.""To him linked in weal or woe.""Never was there a time when it more concerned the public weal that the character of the Parliament should stand high."
    • Weal The body politic; the state; common wealth. "The special watchmen of our English weal ."
    • n Weal The mark of a stripe. See Wale.
    • v. t Weal To mark with stripes. See Wale.
    • v. t Weal To promote the weal of; to cause to be prosperous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weal Wealth; riches; hence, prosperity; success; happiness; well-being; the state of being well or prosperous: as, come weal or woe.
    • n weal The state: properly in the phrases common weal, public weal, general weal, meaning primarily ‘the common or public welfare,’ but used (the first now as a compound word) to designate the state (in which weal used alone is an abbreviation of commonweal).
    • weal To promote the weal or welfare of.
    • weal Same as wale.
    • n weal Same as wed.
    • weal To be in woe or want.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Weal wēl state of being well: a sound or prosperous state: welfare
    • n Weal wēl a form of wale.
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The common weal - If something is done for the common weal, it is done in the interests and for the benefit of the majority or the general public.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wele, AS. wela, weola, wealth, from wel, well. See Well (adv.), and cf. Wealth


In literature:

You are my life; for weal or woe I must be faithful to you.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I will still the cravings of my appetite and sacrifice my feelings for the common weal.
"Voyages and Travels of Count Funnibos and Baron Stilkin" by William H. G. Kingston
The sleeve was torn, and across the thick of the arm there was an ugly raw weal.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
I awoke a little after midnight perfectly composed, and suffering only from the weal that the cord had made across my chest.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Come weal, come woe, Amelia Ellen was from henceforth her staunch admirer and defendant.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
Even when this life is gone from us we still face weal or woe.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
No, the skin's not damaged, I see, but there are two or three most awful weals.
"The Middy and the Moors" by R.M. Ballantyne
Justice and the weal of the State demand that such a wretch should be punished.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
The present has new elements, which must work out new weal or woe.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Father can await his boy's final clearance from guilty suspicions in patient abeyance to public weal.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee

In poetry:

They are all dead, yet live they do,
Yet neither live nor die.
They die to weal, and live to woe,
This is their misery.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
No wonder they who say it feel
Such pangs for those who go;
Good-bye they wish the parted weal,
But ah! they may meet woe.
"Parting" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Bright are the floating clouds above,
The glittering seas below;
But we are bound by cords of love
To kindred weal and wo.
"The Distant Ship" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Other kindly, loving voices,
Winning in the long ago,
Tell me now, as then they told me,
"Thou canst live for weal or woe."
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner
Through eternity's dark portals
To the abodes of weal or woe,
Swiftly rush the new immortals—
Lord, how long shall it be so?
"Lines Suggested" by Janet Hamilton
His handdes dyd he weal and wryng,
He sayd, "Alas, and woe ys me!
Such an othar captayn Skotland within,"
He sayd, "ye-feth shuld never be."
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British

In news:

Coetzee's father and uncles reminisce with "nostalgia and pleasurable fear" about "cold winter mornings when the cane would raise blue weals on their buttocks and the sting would linger for days in the memory of the flesh".
Cigarette butt starts fire at Weal Inn.
In case you wondered about weal.
Weale Says More BOE Stimulus Would Add to Inflation Pressures.
Earlier this month, an email from Hoa Weale, secondary library specialist at Kopachuck Middle School, reminded me we'd met days before.

In science:

Weale AR, Bailey M, Lear PA (2004) The level of non-citation of articles within a journal as a measure of quality: a comparison to the impact factor.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank