459. Care.

459. Care. [Vigilance.] – NOUN. care, solicitude, heed; heedfulness &c. adj.; scruple &c. (conscientiousness) 939.

watchfulness &c. adj.; vigilance, surveillance, eyes of Argus, watch, vigil, look out, watch and ward, l’œil du maître [Fr.].

alertness &c. (activity) 682; attention &c. 457; prudence &c., circumspection &c. (caution) 864; anxiety; forethought &c. 510; precaution &c. (preparation) 673; tidiness &c. (order) 58, (cleanliness) 652; accuracy &c. (exactness) 494; minuteness, attention to detail.

VERB. be careful &c. adj.; reck; take care &c. (be cautious) 864; pay attention to &c. 457; take care of; look to, look after, see to, see after; keep an eye on, keep a sharp eye on; chaperon, matronize, play gooseberry; keep watch, keep watch and ward; mount guard, set watch, watch; keep in sight, keep in view; mind, mind one’s business.

look sharp, look about one; look with one’s own eyes; keep a good lookout, keep a sharp lookout; have all one’s wits about one, have all one’s eyes about one; watch for &c. (expect) 507; keep one’s eyes open, have the eyes open, sleep with one’s eye open.

take precautions &c. 673; protect &c. (render safe) 664.

do one’s best &c. 682; mind one’s Ps and Qs, speak by the card, pick one’s steps.

ADJ. careful regardful, heedful; taking care &c. v.; particular; prudent &c. (cautious) 864; considerate; thoughtful &c. (deliberative) 451; provident &c. (prepared) 673; alert &c. (active) 682; sure-footed.

guarded, on one’s guard; on the qui vivre [Fr.], on the alert, on watch, on the lookout; awake, broad awake, vigilant; watchful, wakeful, wistful; Argus-eyed; wide awake &c. (intelligent) 498; on the watch for (expectant) 507.

tidy &c. (orderly) 58, (clean) 652; accurate &c. (exact) 494; scrupulous &c. (conscientious) 939; cavendo tutus &c. (safe) 664.

ADV. carefully &c. adj.; with care, gingerly.

PHR. “Who will watch the watchers?” or “Who will guard the guards?” (For origin, see Juvenal below).

Quis custodiet ipsos Custodes? [Lat.] {Juvenal—Satiræ. VI. 347. “Who will keep the keepers themselves?” (Full context is shown below). }.

Pone seram; cohibe; sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes? Cauta est, et ab illis incipit uxor. [Lat.] {Juvenal—Satiræ. VI. 347. “Fasten the bolt; restrain her; but who will keep the keepers themselves? The wife is cunning, and begins with them.” }.

“Hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, / And therefore let’s be merry.” {Wither—Christmas.}.

Ni fermes carta que no leas, ni bebas agua que no veas. [Sp.] {Proverb“Do not close a letter without first reading it, nor drink water without first seeing it.” }.

“Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow, / Being so troublesome a bedfellow? / O polish’d perturbation! golden care! / That keep’st the ports of slumber open wide / To many a watchful night! Sleep with it now!” {Shakespeare—King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 5.}.

“No, no; he cannot long hold out these pangs. / Th’ incessant care and labour of his mind / Hath wrought the mure that should confine it in / So thin that life looks through, and will break out.” {Shakespeare—King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4.}.

See also John E. Donley on Freud’s anxiety neurosis in Phrases for Fear.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
CORRECTED HEADS: 1 to 905; CORRECTED QUOTES: 1 to 905; ALL OTHER HEADS & QUOTES IN PROGRESS. www.neolithicsphere.com

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.