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 for king''s evil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  King \King\, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D.
     koning, OHG. kuning, G. k["o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung,
     Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root
     of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See
     Kin.]
     1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme
        authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by
        hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. "Ay, every
        inch a king." --Shak.
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              Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
              rebels from principle.                --Burke.
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              There was a State without king or nobles. --R.
                                                    Choate.
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              But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
              Rejoicing in the east                 --Thomson.
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     2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank;
        a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money
        king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
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     3. A playing card having the picture of a king[1]; as, the
        king of diamonds.
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     4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
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     5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
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     6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old
        Testament.
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     Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
           denote pre["e]minence or superiority in some
           particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.
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     Apostolic king. See Apostolic.
  
     King-at-arms, or King-of-arms, the chief heraldic officer
        of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of
        great authority. His business is to direct the heralds,
        preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of
        armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz.,
        Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally
        north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent.
  
     King auk (Zool.), the little auk or sea dove.
  
     King bird of paradise. (Zool.), See Bird of paradise.
  
     King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit;
        thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the
        queen is the king card of the suit.
  
     King Cole, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have
        reigned in the third century.
  
     King conch (Zool.), a large and handsome univalve shell
        ({Cassis cameo), found in the West Indies. It is used for
        making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet.
  
     King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple
        production of the southern United States.
  
     King crab. (Zool.)
        (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus.
        (b) The large European spider crab or thornback ({Maia
            squinado).
        (c) A large crab of the northern Pacific ({Paralithodes
            camtshatica), especially abundant on the coasts of
            Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also
            Alaskan king crab.
  
     King crow. (Zool.)
        (a) A black drongo shrike ({Buchanga atra) of India; --
            so called because, while breeding, they attack and
            drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds.
        (b) The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird
            with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with
            green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird.
            
  
     King duck (Zool.), a large and handsome eider duck
        ({Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions
        of both continents.
  
     King+eagle+(Zool.),+an+eagle+({Aquila+heliaca">King eagle (Zool.), an eagle ({Aquila heliaca) found in
        Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the
        golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial
        eagle of Rome.
  
     King+hake+(Zool.),+an+American+hake+({Phycis+regius">King hake (Zool.), an American hake ({Phycis regius),
        found in deep water along the Atlantic coast.
  
     King monkey (Zool.), an African monkey ({Colobus
        polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone.
  
     King mullet (Zool.), a West Indian red mullet ({Upeneus
        maculatus); -- so called on account of its great beauty.
        Called also goldfish.
  
     King of terrors, death.
  
     King parrakeet (Zool.), a handsome Australian parrakeet
        ({Platycercys scapulatus), often kept in a cage. Its
        prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings
        bright green, the rump blue, and tail black.
  
     King penguin (Zool.), any large species of penguin of the
        genus Aptenodytes; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris, of
        the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and Aptenodytes
        Patagonica, of Patagonia.
  
     King rail (Zool.), a small American rail ({Rallus
        elegans), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts
        are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep
        cinnamon color.
  
     King salmon (Zool.), the quinnat. See Quinnat.
  
     King's counsel, or Queen's counsel (Eng. Law), barristers
        learned in the law, who have been called within the bar,
        and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They
        answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue
        (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be
        employed against the crown without special license.
        --Wharton's Law Dict.
  
     King's cushion, a temporary seat made by two persons
        crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
  
     The king's English, correct or current language of good
        speakers; pure English. --Shak.
  
     King's evidence or Queen's evidence, testimony in favor
        of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an
        accomplice. See under Evidence. [Eng.]
  
     King's evil, scrofula; -- so called because formerly
        supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.
  
     King snake (Zool.), a large, nearly black, harmless snake
        ({Ophiobolus getulus) of the Southern United States; --
        so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes,
        including even the rattlesnake.
  
     King's spear (Bot.), the white asphodel ({Asphodelus
        albus).
  
     King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of
        sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also yellow
        orpiment.
  
     King tody (Zool.), a small fly-catching bird ({Eurylaimus
        serilophus) of tropical America. The head is adorned with
        a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which is bright red,
        edged with black.
  
     King vulture (Zool.), a large species of vulture
        ({Sarcorhamphus papa), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay,
        The general color is white. The wings and tail are black,
        and the naked carunculated head and the neck are
        briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue.
        So called because it drives away other vultures while
        feeding.
  
     King wood, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood,
        beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and
        small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of
        Dalbergia. See Jacaranda.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Evil \E"vil\ ([=e]"v'l) n.
     1. Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or
        deprives a being of any good; anything which causes
        suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury;
        mischief; harm; -- opposed to good.
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              Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought. --Milton.
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              The evil that men do lives after them. --Shak.
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     2. Moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the
        principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will
        of the Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful
        human authority; disposition to do wrong; moral offence;
        wickedness; depravity.
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              The heart of the sons of men is full of evil.
                                                    --Eccl. ix. 3.
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     3. malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil,
        the scrofula. [R.] --Shak.
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              He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched
              for the evil.                         --Addison.
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From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  KING'S EVIL, n.  A malady that was formerly cured by the touch of the
  sovereign, but has now to be treated by the physicians.  Thus 'the
  most pious Edward" of England used to lay his royal hand upon the
  ailing subjects and make them whole --
  
                      a crowd of wretched souls
      That stay his cure:  their malady convinces
      The great essay of art; but at his touch,
      Such sanctity hath Heaven given his hand,
      They presently amend,
  
  as the "Doctor" in _Macbeth_ hath it.  This useful property of the
  royal hand could, it appears, be transmitted along with other crown
  properties; for according to "Malcolm,"
  
                              'tis spoken
      To the succeeding royalty he leaves
      The healing benediction.
  
      But the gift somewhere dropped out of the line of succession:  the
  later sovereigns of England have not been tactual healers, and the
  disease once honored with the name "king's evil" now bears the humbler
  one of "scrofula," from _scrofa_, a sow.  The date and author of the
  following epigram are known only to the author of this dictionary, but
  it is old enough to show that the jest about Scotland's national
  disorder is not a thing of yesterday.
  
      Ye Kynge his evill in me laye,
      Wh. he of Scottlande charmed awaye.
      He layde his hand on mine and sayd:
      "Be gone!"  Ye ill no longer stayd.
      But O ye wofull plyght in wh.
      I'm now y-pight:  I have ye itche!
  
      The superstition that maladies can be cured by royal taction is
  dead, but like many a departed conviction it has left a monument of
  custom to keep its memory green.  The practice of forming a line and
  shaking the President's hand had no other origin, and when that great
  dignitary bestows his healing salutation on
  
                          strangely visited people,
      All swoln and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye,
      The mere despair of surgery,
  
  he and his patients are handing along an extinguished torch which once
  was kindled at the altar-fire of a faith long held by all classes of
  men.  It is a beautiful and edifying "survival" -- one which brings
  the sainted past close home in our "business and bosoms."
  

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