Careful Words

tribute (n.)

tribute (v.)

  His [Burke's] imperial fancy has laid all Nature under tribute, and has collected riches from every scene of the creation and every walk of art.

Robert Hall (1764-1831): Apology for the Freedom of the Press.

  Millions for defence, but not one cent for tribute.

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825),—when Ambassador to the French Republic, 1796.

Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.

Thomas Gray (1716-1771): Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 20.


Was flattery lost on poet's ear;

A simple race! they waste their toil

For the vain tribute of a smile.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832): Lay of the Last Minstrel. Canto iv. Stanza 35.