Polemic aside, much of Burke’s appeal in the Reflections derived from its timing. Burke was writing, in highly charged terms, at a moment when the Parisian mob’s violent treatment of the French royal family was particularly shocking to English readers. The passage in the Reflections that’s still remembered is his famous lament that “the age of chivalry is dead”, followed by his fervent account of Marie Antoinette’s downfall. (At the time of writing, neither she nor Louis XVI had been guillotined.) Burke’s idolisation of Marie Antoinette has been widely anthologised:
even . efen "level," also "equal" (as in efeneald "of the same age"), from . *ebnaz (cf. Ger. eben, Goth. ibns). Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Of numbers, from 1550s. Modern adverbial sense (introducing an extreme case of something more generally implied) seems to have arisen 16c. from use of the word to emphasize identity ("Who, me?" "Even you," etc.) Sense of "on an equal footing" is from 1630s. Related: Evenly. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break first recorded 1911. Evenhanded attested from ; ... even-tempered from 1875.