Phrases with "adverse"

Wilkie Collins But I have no sympathy with the purely selfish pleasure which some men appear to derive from dwelling on the minute anatomy of their own feelings, under the pressure of adverse fortune. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Olaf Stapledon We find, of course, that of these geniuses some few have succeeded in handing on their achievement to the future, while many more have been defeated by adverse circumstance. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope There had been family quarrels too, adverse to the sporting interests of the younger Palliser scions, so that the shooting of this wood had drifted into the hands of Mr Fothergill and his friends. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

That was what she must get rid of, that feeling of fear, that scent of adverse criticism. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Anthony Trollope It is neat and pretty, and with all its immediate outside belongings calls down no adverse criticism. North America by Anthony Trollope

In fact, the possibility of a Holyhead packet being lost had no place in the catalogue of adverse contingencies—not even when calculated by mothers. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

H. G. Wells From which incident he gathered firstly that the court had delivered an adverse verdict rather in advance of Mr. Catskill’s time, and secondly that he was visible from above. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells And now this dream that was the life of the Lord Paramount was changing; more and more was it discoloured by doubt and adverse intimations. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anthony Trollope When you seceded from our Government you looked for certain adverse consequences. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf The Earl of Cumberland’s men, hung up by adverse winds off the coast of Cornwall for a fortnight, licked the muddy water off the deck in agony. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jules Verne The adverse chances are numerous on this side of Tomsk, while beyond I shall in a few hours have passed the most advanced Tartar posts to the east. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Eliot She knew that there would be this strong adverse testimony; and all her hopes and fears were bent on what was to come beyond it. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Whence the Earth too may equally have her own motion: and this motion is not (as some deem it) unsuitable for the assembling or adverse to the generation of things. On the Magnet by William Gilber

D. H. Lawrence There had been a split in the Cabinet; the minister for Education had resigned owing to adverse criticism. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott It is very different when the powers of sovereignty are delegated to the head of an aristocratic faction, rivalled and pressed closely in the race of ambition by an adverse leader. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope Mr Slide hardly doubted that Phineas Finn had himself sent the paragraph to an adverse paper, with the express view of adding to the injury inflicted upon the Banner . Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Whatever misgivings I may feel in my own mind, I will say nothing, and do nothing, adverse to your wishes. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Isabella Bird The clouds are breaking, and in spite of adverse rumours it is decided coûte que coûte to start tomorrow. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jeremy Bentham For the same reason it is also meet for punishment: in what proportion it is adverse to utility, or whether it be adverse to utility at all, is a matter that makes no difference. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

George Gissing He hoped it would be understood that, in declining, he by no means expressed an adverse judgment on the story itself &c. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

She was as fond of her father as adverse circumstances had allowed her to be; she adored her half-brother, and was not unkindly disposed towards her step-mother. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy His misery was of an intensity and kind with that of Palissy, in these struggles with an adverse fate. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

I believe I am not the first of my House that your castle has sheltered in adverse days. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

William Makepeace Thackeray Like Napoleon, he is unequal to reverses in adverse fortune his presence of mind deserts him. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

She had about two hundred a-year of her own, which no adverse law could touch. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Buffeted all their lives, as it seemed to them, by adverse winds, they were incapable of realising that they were in any way the victims of their own bad seamanship. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

R. D. Blackmore And so, upon the morning of St. Michael, she compelled Lord Keppel, with an adverse mind, to turn a headland they had never turned before. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

A refutation, which follows each step of an adverse book, is necessarily devoid of originality. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

George Meredith Yet, the theorist upon human nature will say, they are obviously of adverse disposition. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli You have renovated our halls, restore our happiness! There is an union that will bring consolation to more than one hearth, and baffle all the crosses of adverse fate. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Her brother was also equally adverse to writing: it was the confinement, however, and not the constrained attitude, that most disgusted him. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Charles Dickens In every action of my life, from that first hope which you converted into grief and desolation, you have stood, like an adverse fate, between me and peace. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Changes came as the years went on: Lady Fontaine died; Sir Dace lost a good portion of his fortune through some adverse speculation. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

So with a gallant heart, through every adverse accident of sorrow and of fate to turn to the sun, to strive for the heaven; this it is that gives knowledge to the strong and happiness to the weak. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

It seems sometimes as if there was an adverse fate in thingslying in ambush. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Isabella Bird The impossibility of reconciling the rival, and frequently adverse claims, of the Upper and Lower Provinces, has become a very embarrassing question. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Francis Bacon It taketh away or mitigateth fear of death or adverse fortune, which is one of the greatest impediments of virtue and imperfections of manners. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

H. G. Wells And then the chapter of adverse accidents began. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

What did people like Gregory know of adverse fate? “Not much ambush, I think. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

John Lewis Burckhard Conscious of their want of skill, and of the insufficiency of their vessels, they avoid encountering an open sea or an adverse wind. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells Extraordinarily, she did not compete against Marion. Never once in all our time together did she say an adverse word of Marion. . Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

From the first adverse winds prevailed, and in order to make any progress we were obliged to keep well to the south. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Marjorie Bowen Giannotto, glancing at Mastino and then at Ligozzi keenly, saw that there Visconti had an adverse advocate. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Even the most adverse critics of Carlyle are often his imitators, their hands taking a dye from what they work in. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

G. K. Chesterton But though his views were adverse to the best advanced thought, he struck me as an interesting person: I should like to find out if he has produced any literary works. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The dying dolphin affords a superb and brilliant sight: Mille trahit moriens, adverse sole colores. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Anthony Trollope She still thought it not impossible that her child might recover, and so thinking could not but be adverse to any declaration on Katie’s part of her own feelings. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins If the legal opinion is adverse to your rightful claims, I will promise to answer any questions which you may choose to put to me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Gissing The feeble novels reappeared, and as Alice made no adverse comment, they soon came and went with the old regularity. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins The list of the saved, as collected by the people of the whaler, is not vouched for as being absolutely correct, the circumstances having been adverse to investigation. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Anthony Trollope It is singular enough that no adverse letter appeared at all, and, therefore, none of course was written. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott In the Court horizon Buckingham is Lord of the Ascendant, and as he is adverse or favouring, so sinks or rises the fortune of a suitor. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Walter Scott All without and within the kingdom is adverse to encountering a hopeless struggle, and you alone, sir, seem willing to undertake a desperate enterprise. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Walter Scott The manners of a man trained like Sir William Ashton are too much at his command to remain long disconcerted with the most adverse concurrence of circumstances. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

He bullied and hectored all adverse witnesses in a shameful way, and woe betide the poor wretch who testified to the truth when it didn’t suit Drivel Jones’s book. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope But to adverse witnesses he was more courteous, though no doubt less simple. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When the Indian mutiny was at its worst, the feeling of France was equally adverse to us. North America by Anthony Trollope

Francis Bacon Nay, some undertake suits, with a full purpose to let them fall; to the end to gratify the adverse party, or competitor. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Henry James What Clifford Wentworth had told him — that had affected him, too, in an adverse sense; but it had not liberated him from the discomfort of a charm of which his intelligence was impatient. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Edith Wharton Undine had not met him since her marriage, and of late the adverse turn of his fortunes had carried him quite beyond her thoughts. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Walter Scott Yet not even under circumstances so adverse did the descendants of the ancient Britons renounce their defence, or forfeit their old hereditary privilege, to be called the bravest of mankind. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Anthony Trollope By his questions he had extracted quite enough to assure himself that Emily’s father would be adverse to his proposition. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The passage from Harwich to Ostend in a fishing-smack had been a perilous transit, prolonged by adverse winds. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The instinct of workmanship is present in all men, and asserts itself even under very adverse circumstances. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Benjamin Disraeli Her mother, I think, would not be adverse to our union. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

H. G. Wells Her happy assurance, her absolute confidence that his desires would march with hers, reproached and confuted every adverse thought in him as though it was a treachery to love. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Frederick Marryat Edward, who but rarely heard from Humphrey, was now anxious to quit the army and go to the king, who was in Spain; but to leave his colours while things were adverse was impossible. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

But the high hopes and ardour with which the young lovers had once come into court were now worn out by the postponement swindle, and the adverse events delay had brought on them. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

A powerful movement, which had for long been checked by adverse circumstances, was now spreading throughout the country. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

George Meredith Lady Dunstane, in her quick sympathy with her friend, read the adverse mind in his face. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It was very bitter — the cup had been so near her lips, when an adverse destiny had dashed it from her. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The death of his father in that year, before he had completed an intended provision for him, gave an adverse turn to his fortunes, and rendered it necessary that he should decide upon a profession. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Alas for the adverse fate of Susan Meynell! The false step of her youth had set her for ever wrong upon life’s highway. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne He was short and slight, with little muscular power; but a force of will which carried him successfully through all trials, and enabled him to rise superior to adverse circumstances. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Crossing the Atlantic they doubtless suffered some dilution; but all that was possible to conserve them under very adverse conditions Mrs Milburn and Miss Filkin made it their duty to do. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Ivan Turgenev On ordinary days a serf boy used to keep driving them away with a big green branch, but on this occasion Vassily Ivanovich had sent him away for fear of adverse criticism from the younger generation. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Jeremy Bentham His propositions will appear, on the one hand, repugnant to truth; and on the other hand, adverse to utility. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Adrian also, notwithstanding his recluse habits and theories, so adverse to the spirit of party, had many friends, and they were easily induced to vote for a candidate of his selection. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Another is, the fact that the adverse critics missed their mark. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Anthony Trollope The good opinion which he had of himself was never shaken by adverse criticism; and the criticism on the other side, by which it was exalted, came from the enumeration of the number of copies sold. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Francis Bacon So likewise I find some particular writings of an elegant nature, touching some of the affections: as of anger, of comfort upon adverse accidents, of tenderness of countenance, and other. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Anthony Trollope The bishops and deans, as usual, were pleasant in their manner and happy-looking, in spite of adverse circumstances. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope No doubt general opinion was adverse to poor Phineas Finn, but he was not without his party in the matter. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dudley Warner In the best of times they do but subsist, but in adverse times they starve. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Anthony Trollope In this, I think, the world is harder to women than to men; that a woman often loses much by the chance of adverse circumstances which a man only loses by his own misconduct. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Where these miserable love affairs are concerned, women are daunted by no adverse circumstances and warned by no defeat. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Sir Walter Scott God of Jacob! it is the meeting of two fierce tides — the conflict of two oceans moved by adverse winds!” She turned her head from the lattice, as if unable longer to endure a sight so terrible. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

She was upbraiding her mother about Captain Winstanley. Bitter words were on her lips; words more bitter than even she had ever spoken in all her intensity of adverse feeling. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy Fitzpiers wondered what it could mean; but such wind as there was just now blew in an adverse direction, and his mood was light. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Francis Bacon Now the wisdom of the Greeks was professorial and much given to disputations, a kind of wisdom most adverse to the inquisition of truth. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

George Gissing She asked the question rather in a spirit of adverse criticism. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

It appeared rather as an unclean and sinister cavern where men and women are haled by adverse fate to writhe ridiculously in the presence of uncompromising truth. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

The adverse weather held us in front and the disease pressed on our rear. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Jules Verne Then, unlucky chance, the balloon was caught in an adverse current, and began to drift toward the east. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This man Wolff could make no adverse report about either of us. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Anthony Trollope He has not, as yet, accepted the adverse verdict which his own nature has given against him in this matter of hunting, and he gets into his early tub with acme glow of satisfaction. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

He has gone back to Lucknow for an urgent case, but he says he will look in again in a couple of days time if I let him know there is an adverse symptom. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Charles Dudley Warner He had little self-confidence, and was easily put out by a breath of adverse criticism. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Anthony Trollope He might lose it by undergoing an adverse petition, and paying ever so much more money,—or he might lose it in the manner that Mr. Trigger had so kindly suggested. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He should cause an inquiry to be made; he should write to the Times, he should—in short, he behaved like a true Englishman in adverse circumstances, and poured forth abuse like water. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

A noble boy in all his actions; sitting his pony like the young chieftain he ought to have been but for my lady’s adverse will. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Meredith By a toleration of what is detested we expose ourselves to the keenness of an adverse mind. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Charles Dickens I struggled against the impulse, but I was drawn back, through every difficult and adverse circumstance, as by a mighty engine. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I sent them to carry aid to King Charles and they performed prodigies to save him; had it not been for an adverse destiny, that beloved monarch would this day have been among us. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

William Makepeace Thackeray Now, then, hand on heart, we declare that it is not the fire of adverse critics which afflicts or frightens the editorial bosom. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

William Makepeace Thackeray You are a poor man, let us say, showing a bold face to adverse fortune, and wearing a confident aspect. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

He grew at last to despise his supineness, which had prevented him from struggling with and vanquishing his adverse fortunes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

To what scorned purpose must I plot against him? Pity of Witchland, of Witchland sliding as then into the pit of adverse luck, ’twas that made force upon me. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Fanny Fern I find it very difficult, too, to get any adverse paragraph in, she is getting to be such a favorite (i. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

E. F. Benson In fact, so far from being crushed, adverse criticism only caused her to take the gloomiest views of the character of those who expressed it. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

We have reached the evening of our ninth day; we are still forty-eight miles from Rhoda; and another adverse wind might again delay us indefinitely on the way. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Surely you do not think that mine is such a fair-weather love that it must be destroyed by the first adverse wind? Try it and see. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Wilkie Collins I dropped back a little, and gave Eunice an opportunity of joining me; having purposely left her to form her own opinion, without any adverse influence exercised on my part. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins The growth of love, my dear girl, is, in one respect, unlike all other growths — it flourishes under adverse circumstances. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

But beyond an intermittent scolding of prosperous childless people in general — one never addressed them in particular — nothing was done towards arresting those adverse processes. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope There has been no rising of a mob, and not even an expression of an adverse opinion. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells For my own part I am disposed to discount all adverse judgments and all statements of insurmountable differences between race and race. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

She actually set them quadrilling in spite of adverse circumstances, dancing better, in her habit, than most people without one, till Lord Kilcoran arrived. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Every time he looked at the place he had a sense of triumph over what he knew in his bones to be an adverse public opinion. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Her pride in his genius knew no bounds, and it is improbable that she would have tolerated from any outsider a breath of adverse criticism; but she herself claimed many liberties she would not grant. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

George Elio But convenience, that admirable branch system from the main line of self-interest, makes us all fellow-helpers in spite of adverse resolutions. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Henry James Bousefield, he allowed, was proud, was difficult: nothing was really good enough for him but the middling good; but he himself was prepared for adverse comment, resolute for his noble course. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

But I, out of prudence, appeased the gods with blood, that I might loose the ships detained on an adverse shore. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

George Eliot All the world would think the actual Transomes in the right to contest any adverse claim to the utmost. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Thomas Hardy The adverse intelligence came upon her with such odds after her morning’s tension that she could scarcely crawl back to the cab which had brought her. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Andrew Lang At worst, the failure of adverse criticism must help to establish the doctrines assailed. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang