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Lear \Lear\, v. t. To learn. See Lere, to learn. [Obs.]


Lear \Lear\, n. Lore; lesson. [Obs.]


Lear \Lear\, a. See Leer, a. [Prov. Eng.]


Lear \Lear\, n. An annealing oven. See Leer, n.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context now Scotland English) Something learned; a lesson. 2 (context now Scotland English) learning, lore; doctrine. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive archaic and Scotland English) To teach. 2 (context intransitive archaic English) To learn. Etymology 3

n. (alternative form of lehr English)


Lear or Leir can refer to:

  • Leir of Britain, a legendary king of the Britons
  • King Leir, an anonymous play based on the legend of Leir of Britain, published in 1605
  • King Lear, a tragedy by William Shakespeare, also based on the legend of Leir of Britain
  • Learjet aircraft series
  • Lear Corporation, an automotive supplier
  • King Lear (baseball), the nickname of major league baseball player Charles Barnard Lear
  • Lir (Irish) or Llŷr (Welsh), mythological gods of the sea
  • Children of Lir, an Irish legend
  • The Yiddish King Lear, an 1892 play
  • Lear (play), a 1971 Edward Bond play
  • Lear (opera), an opera by Aribert Reimann
  • Leir (Marvel Comics), a fictional character in the Marvel universe
  • The Last Lear, a 2007 Indian play
  • Lear, County Londonderry, a townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Lear (play)

Lear is a 1971 three-act play by the British dramatist Edward Bond. It is an epic rewrite of William Shakespeare's King Lear. The play was first produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 1971, featuring Harry Andrews in the title role. It was revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982 with Bob Peck, and revived again at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, in 2005 with Ian McDiarmid.

Bond, a socialist, was attempting to correct modern trends which focused on the Shakespeare play as an artistic experience, at the expense of more practical elements of social critique. By creating a politically effective piece from a similar story, he was more likely to cause people to question their society and themselves, rather than simply to have an uplifting aesthetic experience. According to one critic, his plays "are not meant merely to entertain but to help to bring about change in society."

In Bond's play, Lear is a paranoid autocrat, building a wall to keep out imagined "enemies". His daughters Bodice and Fontanelle rebel against him, causing a bloody war. Lear becomes their prisoner and goes on a journey of self-revelation. He is blinded and haunted by the ghost of a Gravedigger's Boy, whose kindness towards the old King led to his murder. Eventually Lear, after becoming a prophet reminiscent of Leo Tolstoy, makes a gesture toward dismantling the wall he began. This gesture leads to his death, which offers hope as an example of practical activism.

The play also features a character called Cordelia, wife of the murdered Gravedigger's Boy who becomes a Stalinist-type dictator herself.

Lear features some punishing scenes of violence, including knitting needles being plunged into a character's eardrum, a bloody on-stage autopsy and a machine which sucks out Lear's eyeballs. However, it is often lyrical and features some densely packed metaphoric language.

The play's emphasis on violence and brutality led to mixed reviews among top critics. Although some critics praised its message against violence (and its cast), others questioned whether the play was convincing enough to garner the reaction it sought from the audience.

Lear (opera)

Lear is an opera in two parts with music by the German composer Aribert Reimann, and a libretto by Claus H. Henneberg, based on Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear.

Lear (1808 cricketer)

Lear (first name and dates unknown) was an English first-class cricketer associated with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) who was active in the 1800s. He is recorded in one match, totalling 6 runs with a highest score of 6.

Usage examples of "lear".

Edgar triumphant over Edmund, the evil daughters dead, and Lear and Cordelia about to be rescued, the Apollonian form of tragedy has seemed on the verge of enclosing the Dionysiac turmoil.

While the Lear was still slowing down on its landing roll at DCA, Castillo punched an autodial button on his cellular telephone.

Lear was still slowing down on its landing roll at DCA, Castillo punched an autodial button on his cellular telephone.

Sherlock Holmes and the Famous Five and King Lear and Mickey Mouse and Joseph K and the Venus de Milo and Dick Dastardly and Mutley and Holly Golightly, I was also aware of the John Barleycorn figure turning around to ease my Shadow-flesh through the clutches of a network of story-blades.

When Lear crosses those borders he enters uncharted regions of mind where much madness is divinest sense and the Fool has no business.

For two centuries they fought the Celts, and little by little, Britain, the island of such legendary kings as Lear and such dimly historical ones as Cymbeline, was converted into Anglo-Saxon England.

For example, People for the American Way, founded by Hollywood millionaire Norman Lear, advocates the defeat of school voucher programs, the legalization of gay marriage, and the defeat of the USA Patriot Act.

Lear onto the runway, straightened the nosewheel, and lined up with centerline.

EVERYONE, of course, KNEW that King Lear was one of the greatest plays that had ever been written.

The gleaming sharklike silhouette of the Lear jet formed a backdrop for a tension-charged tableau.

They would be moving about wraithlike, just as you presented Lear in the storm scene.

Mantell as King Lear, another of Genevieve Hamper in The Taming of the Shrew, a telegram of congratulation from Margaret Anglin to the club on its tenth birthday, a printed postcard from Bernard Shaw refusing permission to perform Candida without payment of royalty, and several sets of photographs of past productions.

But the praise that is given to a great Hamlet, or a great Othello, or the infinitely rarer great Lear, is always diminished by the feeling that the chap simply goes on the stage and says what Shakespeare has written for him and draws his sword when the director tells him to.

And Mann, whose balls would ricochet In almost an unholy way (So do baseballers "pitch" to-day) George Lear, that seldom let a bye, And Richard Nyren, grave and gray?

And out of olde bookes, in good faith, Cometh all this new science that men lear.