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precept
used in Ulysses by James Joyce

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Definition
a rule for behavior — especially a shared moral doctrine
  • ...the sootcoated kettle to be done so that she and he could drink it with the oatmealwater for milk after the Friday herrings they had eaten at two a penny with an egg apiece for Maggy, Boody and Katey, the cat meanwhile under the mangle devouring a mess of eggshells and charred fish heads and bones on a square of brown paper, in accordance with the third precept of the church to fast and abstain on the days commanded, it being quarter tense or if not, ember days or something like that.
    Episode 16 — Eumaeus (15% in)

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