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A dictionary definition of "sharp-tongued" reads:

(of a person) given to using cutting, harsh, or critical language."

What does "given to" mean?

I don't understand why "given to" is used here.

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A person is "given to" something if they have a tendency or likelihood of doing that thing.

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  • Got it. Ok. then, if I say someone is likely to nurish feelings of hatred, can I say he is given to a hatred? – dennylv Oct 24 '13 at 8:00
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    @dennylv - I might say he is "given to feelings of hate," or maybe even "given to hatred," but not "given to a hatred. (You wouldn't use an article when saying someone is given to a particular emotion.) I'd probably just say, "He tends to hate things," though. – J.R. Oct 24 '13 at 9:59

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