Non compos

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Non compos Not of sound mind; not having the regular use of reason; hence, also, as a noun, an idiot; a lunatic; one devoid of reason, either by nature or from accident.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

In the law this crime is called Non compos mentis lex talionis sic transit gloria mundi.
"The Prince and The Pauper, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The coroner's inquest, supposing him to be dead, brought him in non compos.
"The History of John Bull" by John Arbuthnot
Calculate when it burns out and you receive gratis 1 pair of our special non-compo boots, guaranteed 1 candle power.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
By George, the whole dozen 'd bring you in non-compos.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
The old fool ought to be treated as one non compos!
"A Siren" by Thomas Adolphus Trollope
In the law this crime is called Non compos mentis lex talionis sic transit gloria mundi.
"The Prince and The Pauper, Part 7." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Now and again would come a suppressed whistle, and then a low humming sound, backed up by a vacant non-compos-mentis smile.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I should laugh to see every lineament "going ahead," and art "non compos.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
NON COMPOS MENTIS (L.), not of sound mind.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
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