Phrases with "absolute"

Thomas Hardy The peculiar charm attaching to an old village in an old country, as seen by the eyes of an absolute foreigner, was lowered in his case by magnified expectations from infantine memories. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Jack London All the content of my mind seemed to be an absolute faith in the over-lordship of the mind. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

John Stuart Mill Men are not required, as a preliminary to the marriage ceremony, to prove by testimonials that they are fit to be trusted with the exercise of absolute power. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

James Payn Do they tell stories, I wonder, like the folks in the dining-room? Now and then something incidentally crops up which induces me to think they do; but there is no absolute proof. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

G. K. Chesterton Evan MacIan was standing a few yards off looking at him in absolute silence. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim All I do know is that it sounds and reads like absolute rubbish, and it’s awfully difficult to copy. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Thomas Hardy What a proud moment it was for Elfride then! She was ruling a heart with absolute despotism for the first time in her life. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft The picture was very vivid for a while, but gradually gave way to a more horrible conception; that of utter, absolute solitude in infinite, sightless, soundless space. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Wilkie Collins No! no footsteps in the passage outside — no sound of a tread, light or heavy, in the room aboveabsolute silence everywhere. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Wilkie Collins A woman who can’t talk, and a woman who can cook, is simply a woman who has arrived at absolute perfection. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Thomas Wolfe Her devotion, however, was not quite as whole and absolute as it appeared to be. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

T. H. Huxley This is supposed by many to put an absolute limit to the extent of selective and all other variations. Essays by T. H. Huxley

The relative duration is clear, though the absolute duration may not be definable. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Rudyard Kipling Greet me, O Sun. Dominant master and absolute lord   Over the soul of one!’ ‘Well?’ said Charlie, looking over my shoulder. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

He had been gradually getting more and more decrepit until for some time prior to his decease he had sunk into such a state of absolute torpor that his breathing could scarcely be discerned. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

The absolute is a rationalist conception. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The absolute and the world are one fact, I said, when materially considered. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

But talking round that vital point, she approached absolute vehemence in her delivery. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Berkeley It is on this therefore that I insist, to wit, that the absolute existence of unthinking things are words without a meaning, or which include a contradiction. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

In this work, at the end of his life, he claimed for mankind that right to absolute moral and intellectual liberty of which he no longer believed them worthy. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy This stung the maiden into absolute defiance. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing Hence, if every man were truly wise, he would mortify all his passions, settle down to a condition of absolute inactivity, and so overcome evil by the complete extinction of life. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle I will stake it all on the fact that your story is an absolute fabrication. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Leslie Stephen He retired to hide his head in some unknown retreat; absolute seclusion was the only solace to his gloomy, wounded spirit. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Edgar Allan Poe Now this process of re-scription and personal rectification, pursued by various individual sages from time to time, had the effect of preventing our history from degenerating into absolute fable. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope What a wretch what an absolute fiend the fellow is!’ ‘Bad enough,’ said the parson. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Yes; but if not of the earth, yet of mortality; for earth’s tenant, Jerusalem, had now become the omphalos and absolute centre. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But from the moment we seated ourselves at table he dropped to an absolute silence. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

The case, as others might think, was yet in suspense; and there was room enough for very rational hopes, especially where there was an absolute certainty of innocence. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

D. H. Lawrence Each of these twenty was trained to act like a scout, independently, though the squad worked in absolute unison among themselves, and were pledged to absolute obedience of higher commands. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Tell her specially that I have not decided without absolute knowledge. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jeremy Bentham All that can be done is, to make here and there a new one in cases of absolute necessity, and for the rest, to patch up from time to time the imperfections of the old. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Maria Edgeworth Now, in a good story, no one sticks to absolute fact; there must be some little embellishment. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Conan Doyle On the second day he told her that he loved her, and from then onward he repeated the same story with an absolute disregard of what she might say to discourage him. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

He looked round the room nervously, saw that figure in the chair, the ghastly face covered with pustules, and gave a shriek of absolute terror. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell It seemed as if absolute fire came out of his long dark sunken eyes. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Born of old nonconformist stock, the elder Spencer was a man of absolute punctuality. Memories and Studies by William James

In a constant play of leafy light and shadow, I would eat my tea and toast in absolute content, while outside the blue smoke of the fire changed to grey in the bright sunlight. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

George MacDonald In an instant he too was asleep, smiling an absolute content. Lilith by George MacDonald

Lady Maulevrier suffered an absolute shock at beholding the friend of her youth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope She had spoken no word of absolute encouragement, but there had much more of encouragement than of repudiation in her manner. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Once, when the squire spoke of discontinuing it, Harry’s father reminded him that the young man had been brought up in absolute idleness, in conformity with his uncle’s desire. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells The philosophy of my lectures and practice is an absolute repudiation and reversal of the standard philosophy and phraseology they cling to here-an absolute and complete reversal. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

When we got on the Great Trail a hundred miles from Port Dodge, the days passed in absolute monotony. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

The humanist sees all the time, however, that there is no absolute transcendency even about the more absolute realities thus conjectured or believed in. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Henry Fielding On the side of Mr. Trent were stipulated absolute remission of all past, and full indulgence for the time to come. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope As to the majority of them, there is no difficulty in locating them; but this cannot be done with absolute certainty as to some few that lie on the borders. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett On this latter occasion Chirac (and his companion too) was quite optimistic, reiterating an absolute certitude that Paris could never be invested. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope That he was tender and true, manly, heroic — as brightly angelic as could be any Angel of Light — was already an absolute fact to her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

A mistaken diagnosis might quite easily have been made, for sometimes the leprae bacilli are very hard to detect with absolute certainty. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Edmund Burke It calls for little ability to point them out; and where absolute power is given, it requires but a word wholly to abolish the vice and the establishment together. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

A. E. W. Mason Silence brooded there like night upon the waters; and the absolute stillness made it a place of mystery and expectation. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Yet I ask you whether the absolute superiority of our higher thought is so very clear, if all that it can find is impossibility in tasks which sense-experience so easily performs. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing What I really aim at is an absolute realism in the sphere of the ignobly decent. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Her absolute money-dealings had always been with Mr. Pritchett; and as she passed through town, Mr. Pritchett came to her and made her the usual quarterly payment. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Benjamin Disraeli A renegade — a renegade without conviction, without necessity, in absolute violation of the pledge he had given to the person he most honored and most loved, as he received her parting spirit. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Fidus Neverbend was an absolute dragon of honesty. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

These people must be absolute savages!’ ‘Oh no! They’re highly civilized; more civilized than we are, in my opinion. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope With Bell it was not so — not so in absolute strictness. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon The absolute pacifist is so dazzled by the light of his passion for non-violence that he sometimes fails to recognize the limitations of its power over these unfortunate and dangerous persons. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Only when the true divine state had been established would the virtue of absolute acquiescence be possible. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells He had taken hold of power with an absolute confidence. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Olaf Stapledon In absolute darkness we brooded on the origin and the destiny of the galaxies, and on the appalling contrast between the cosmos and our minute home-lives to which we longed to return. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Anna Katherine Green There were so many reasons for believing this record to be an absolute relation of the truth. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

H.P. Lovecraft Below the ice cap, however, the twilight deepened; and in many parts of the tangled ground level there was an approach to absolute blackness. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Anthony Trollope He has my promise, and I cannot take it back without perjury to him, and ruin, absolute ruin, to myself. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope In the meantime Lucy still remained at Hogglestock, and had there become absolute mistress of the house. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Such was Aislie Gourlay, whom, in order to attain the absolute subjugation of Lucy Ashton’s mind, her mother thought it fitting to place near her person. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope And now a month went by at Framley without any increase of comfort to our friends there, and also without any absolute development of the ruin which had been daily expected at the parsonage. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing And then the absolute freedom from care! Why, it’s very much the same as being a man of independent fortune. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope I have always thought, and do think, that a war for the suppression of the Southern rebellion could not have been avoided by the North without an absolute loss of its political prestige. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To them the poaching of numerous horses is absolute destruction. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I can’t pretend that I rule my life by absolute ideals; I admit that everything is relative. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Ford Madox Ford And she thought herself into a mood of absolute unselfishness, of absolute self-contempt, too. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

The lawyer broke the awkward pause which followed: “I have heard it asserted that there is no country in the world where the separation of the classes is so absolute as in ours. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Edmund Burke Therefore in the balance between the pleasure of general society, and the pain of absolute solitude, pain is the predominant idea. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

D. H. Lawrence It was pure beauty, absolute beauty! There! That was it. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London It was its absolute simplicity that convinced even while one continued to doubt. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

George Gissing The prospect of so long a period of absolute freedom was so delightful to him that he embraced it forthwith. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

In fact, as I reclined smoking a sense of absolute loneliness grew on me. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells She was sure of that with an absolute assurance. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope A small cottage was prepared for her on the estate, and there she lived in absolute seclusion till death relieved her from her sorrows. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope He had read of such things in books, but here it was brought home to him in absolute life. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope That is his account of what passed, and I do not in the least doubt its absolute truth. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe It is inconceivable how rich a sentiment of satisfaction arose in my bosom as I reflected upon my absolute security. The Imp of the Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe [1845]

Anthony Trollope And ladies know this so well, that they almost regard any reply on their own part, short of an absolute refusal, as an acceptance. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope That knowledge was his own in absolute independence of his father, and there might still be time for him to use it. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It was impossible for him not to perceive that there had been an absolute declaration of affection, and that he had established a private understanding with his cousin. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Meredith The post of Irish Secretary must be won by real service founded on absolute local knowledge. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

D. H. Lawrence The New England woman had fought to make the nearness as perfect as the distance: for the distance was absolute beauty. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Lady Desmond would never have taken upon herself to make a journey to Hap House, had not a sentence of absolute banishment from Desmond Court been passed against him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She had told her mother that she was to be invited, and Mrs Ray had lacked the courage at the moment which would have been necessary for an absolute and immediate rejection of the proposition. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Mary Webb All the divine paradoxes of sex — the mastery of the lover and his deep humility, his idealization of his bride and her absolute surrender — these he had dragged in the mud. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Better to decay in absolute delirium, than to be the victim of the methodical unreason of ill-bestowed love. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope He had not wanted Miss Dunstable’s money—that was true; but he could not deny that he had been about to talk that absolute nonsense of which she spoke with so much scorn. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Whatever might be the verdict of the judge,—from the judge the verdict was now to come,—he should still believe that nothing short of absolute disfranchisement would meet the merits of the case. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

She repeated her commands in an absolute tone: But my excessive faintness made me unable to obey her. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

The absolute is true because it and it only has no external environment, and has attained to being its own other. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Hawthorne’s faith in pure beauty was so absolute as to erect at first a barrier between himself and the less devout reading public. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

G. K. Chesterton But we will not admit that our modern artistic claim to absolute originality is really a claim to absolute unsociability; a claim to absolute loneliness. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

As regards the rest of your speech, you will permit me to say that its wildness of language is only equaled by the utter irrationality of your deductions and your absolute ignorance of all legalities. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Charles Dickens By nonsense he meant fancy; and truly it is probable she was as free from any alloy of that nature, as any human being not arrived at the perfection of an absolute idiot, ever was. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

H. G. Wells I was set upon conveying to her with absolute sincerity my sense of distance, and the greatness of my desire. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

D. H. Lawrence He would go all the day waiting for the night to come, when he could give himself to the enjoyment of some luxurious absolute of beauty in her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison I did not learn till later how the little painter’s vanity had pushed him over bounds at the inquest, so far that he committed himself to an absolute recognition of the murderer. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Still, I am in absolute agreement with you that he put this man on me to get his revenge. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Walter Scott Though sluggish and inert when called to action, the Baronet was by no means an absolute coward; or, if so, he was of that class which fights when reduced to extremity. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Anthony Trollope This is an absolute swindle, and if it goes on I will expose it as such. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

We were not even in time to hear him speak, and yet I know, know with absolute conviction, that my father would not have done this. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Abraham Merri I turned again — it came to me, why I knew not, yet with an absolute certainty, that the energy, the force emanated from the distant wall itself. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Nothing is neglected to make identification absolute in present tales of horror. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

She has got absolute control over him. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Charles Dickens Guardian and Ward consenting, or Guardian consenting for both, it was necessarily brought to pass that Vendale’s life became a life of absolute thraldom and enchantment. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Washington Irving I must confess that, whether from national partiality or from the elegant sensibility of his manner, I never was so charmed, nor did I ever remember so absolute a victory as he gained in this dispute. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle He is not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope We are so used to a leaven of falsehood in all we hear and say, nowadays, that nothing is more likely to deceive us than the absolute truth. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy The work had been carried out with absolute fidelity. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Nothing short of absolute confession on her part will ever make me believe Mary Leavenworth, or any other woman, committed this deed. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I should say, indeed, an absolute certainty, for I have had another this afternoon with the name of the writer signed, and he turns out to be the very man whom I suspected. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edward Bellamy When they agree upon a verdict, we believe it to be as near to absolute truth as men well can come. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

In absolute confidence, now—if—perhaps— Sister Félicité‘s large eyes regarded him solemnly. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Henry Adams Volta and Benjamin Franklin would have stated their progress as absolute creation of power. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Olaf Stapledon Thereafter the few surviving worlds lived on in absolute isolation, and in that barbarian condition which men call civilized. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet we may look upon it now as an absolute fact, that there are persons—and no ordinary thieves either!—conspiring to obtain possession of them. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

John Galsworthy He seems to be an absolute rotter. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope The tears, absolute tears, were running down his cheeks. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jack London The beady grey eyes, unblinking and unwavering, were bitter as death, as bleak as absolute zero and as merciless. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Anthony Trollope I trust you will credit me for saying so much with absolute truth. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As I wound up for the delivery, I held my nerves and muscles under absolute command, though the grinning jaws were hurtling toward me at terrific speed. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anthony Trollope But all that had come to absolute failure. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

There is no doubt but a popular government may be imagined more perfect than an absolute monarchy, or even than our present constitution. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Anthony Trollope Of absolute money tenders Mr Crawley would accept none. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll He regarded every conversion as an absolute warfare between God and this devil for the possession of that human soul. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. Phillips Oppenheim Without an effort of absolute brutality, it was impossible for him to move. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Jules Verne She was attached to the man who, however coldly, gave her daily evidences of the most absolute devotion. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells Still more is the proposal, made even in times of peace, to resist war levies and conscription an offence against absolute conceptions of loyalty. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Anthony Trollope Then there was a fourth letter in which she described her troubles, still humorously, and with some attempt at absolute comedy. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope The next day was passed almost in absolute silence. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope It did, for a moment, strike Miss Mackenzie as singular, that she should be reduced from affluence to absolute nothingness in the way of property, in so very placid a manner. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Positively they define Nirvana as the highest stage of spiritual liberty and bliss, as absolute immortality through absorption of the soul into itself. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Arnold Bennett Most of the dwellings were owned by their occupiers, who, each an absolute monarch of the soil, niggled in his sooty garden of an evening amid the flutter of drying shirts and towels. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Thomas Hobbes The former is nothing else but sense and memory, and is absolute knowledge; as when we see a fact doing, or remember it done; and this is the knowledge required in a witness. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Since the morning stars sang together, absolute silence has not visited the uneasy earth. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Joseph Furphy The interest of the play centres on the poise of incentive between action and non-action, and the absolute free-will of election. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope Sometimes, when I have asked questions about the most material institutions of the country, I have felt that I was looked upon with absolute loathing. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon The Tibetan renaissance had been strongly pacifist in temper, though never pledged to absolute non-violence. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope In a moment she had flattened every jaunty twist and turn out of her habiliments, and had given to herself an air of absolute dowdyism. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The best way of compelling respect from others is to pay respect to her at home, and to leave her absolute mistress of the house. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Anthony Trollope I know where all these words come from;—it is Mahomet M. Moss. There is nothing for it but to live them down with absolute silence. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope There are women who seem to have an absolute pleasure in fixing themselves for business by the bedside of a sick man. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

It gets rid of the need of an absolute of the roycean type (similarly sterile) by its pragmatic treatment of the problem of knowledge. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Gissing But take the assurance from me that a man like Peak (and I am at one with him in this matter) regards with absolute repugnance every form of supernaturalism. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Natural selection will not necessarily lead to absolute perfection; nor, as far as we can judge by our limited faculties, can absolute perfection be everywhere predicated. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne James Starr and his companions were suddenly plunged in absolute darkness. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Anthony Trollope It was in this spirit,—a spirit of absolute pugnacity,—that he asked for the Marquis at Scumberg’s hotel. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Maria Edgeworth The only point which it much imports the public to know is probably already guessed — that the letter did not contain a refusal, nor any absolute discouragement of Ormond’s hopes. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

But when it came to what was wise and fitting for absolute power to do in the way of general measures and policy, he was for the most part right. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Charles Dickens When he called his first Parliament after he had been king a year, he accordingly thought he would take pretty high ground with them, and told them that he commanded them ‘as an absolute king. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell I feel an absolute conviction that, if this advantage were allowed us, it would be the making of us for life. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope It absolved him not only from all absolute responsibility, but also from the feeling which no doubt had existed within his own breast, that he had in some sort neglected the lady’s interest. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope That is a doctrine which has been widely preached, and which has recommended itself to many minds as being one of absolute truth. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope For two days I wore my jewels beneath royal eyes — eyes that will sooner or later belong to absolute majesty. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To Marion’s own words, while they had been spoken only to himself, he had given no absolute credit. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells This committee was to have an absolute monopoly. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Oscar Wilde It seemed to me that I was always on the brink of absolute verification, but that I could never really attain to it. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

Numbers fell sick, and many of the Indians sank by the way, and died of absolute starvation. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

I read on, and the rest listened, till the wheels of the old stage made themselves heard in their approach through the absolute silence of the village street. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Sir Walter Scott The old lady was certainly absolute fiar, and might dispose of it in full right of property. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

I told my mother privately that he was an absolute woman-hater; so, of course, she laid herself out to flirt all she knew, which isn’t a little. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman No woman can teach school for forty years with absolute impunity. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Edmund Burke Very justly is use called a second nature; and our natural and common state is one of absolute indifference, equally prepared for pain or pleasure. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Tell her as much as you think fit and let her understand that her very life depends on absolute stillness when she is alone. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

George Gissing I may change; I may perhaps some day attain rest in an absolute ideal. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli Lord Montfort himself did not live in absolute solitude. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope This had not given rise to the best feeling, and I feared lest there might be an absolute quarrel before the match should have been played. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith They exchange the silver keys, which express absolute intimacy, and give mutual freedom of access. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Yet not quite absolute darkness. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

D.H. Lawrence A tiger devours because it is consummated in devouring, it achieves its absolute self in devouring. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

If one could envy wealth its chance of doing a deed of absolute good, here was the occasion, and I used it. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

E. Phillips Oppenheim I agree with you that crime is not an absolute thing. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

D. H. Lawrence There is no such thing as absolute wisdom. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim For an hour he sat in absolute silence. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Jules Verne It had but to abandon the surface of the waves, and it could find absolute calm a few score feet beneath. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

This, of course, was the absolute in humiliation; compared with which the heavings of The Amazon and the light slingings of The Midget were a mere corollary. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Nellie Bly One who had blue eyes saw me look at her, and she turned as far as she could, talking and smiling, with that terrible, horrifying look of absolute insanity stamped on her. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

John Locke Again: “No government allows absolute liberty. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The face of the steward, despite one slight shade of care, light as a summer cloud, seemed a physiognomy of absolute felicity. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Algernon Blackwood His tone was quiet and normal as he continued speaking, though its depth and power, with that steady drive of absolute conviction behind, could never leave it quite an ordinary voice. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Anthony Trollope In absolute silence Lord Lovel and Lady Anna walked back to the inn. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

He has only carried the procession of experiences, the philosopher thinks, to a definite, because practical, halting-place somewhere on the way towards an absolute truth that lies beyond. The Meaning of Truth by William James

T. E. Lawrence The Arabs without regard to them went on wrecking the household goods; looting their absolute fill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Her thoughts travelled round and round in circles, and relief came to her at last only in absolute physical exhaustion. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Jules Verne Once there they were a little more protected, and they proceeded to dig themselves a hole, in which they crouched in a state of absolute exhaustion and prostration. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

I have tried to preserve the pithy brevity of the Italian so far as was consistent with an absolute fidelity to the sense. Niccolo Machiavelli by W. K. Marrio

Edgar Allan Poe Again, it cannot be gainsaid that the greater number of those who hold high places in our poetical literature are absolute nincompoops — fellows alike innocent of reason and of rhyme. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Superhuman consciousness does not necessarily imply an absolute mind. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Arthur Machen But, if you will believe me, she cast such a spell upon Panurge that he thought himself an absolute beggar. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

T. E. Lawrence Feisal agreed, and began to sketch to me the history of their revolt from its absolute beginning. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arnold Bennett It robbed her of her profound, absolute belief in herself. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Edmund Burke To produce therefore a perfect grandeur in such things as we have been mentioning, there should be a perfect simplicity, an absolute uniformity in disposition, shape, and coloring. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]