Phrases with "base"

Jack London Then, on one side and the other, she ran along the base of the wall to where its abrupt bulk merged from the softer-lined landscape. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Meredith Angelo Guidascarpi has slain their brother—a base deed! It does not affect you in my eyes; you can understand that in theirs it does. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing It was not difficult for me to wade through the shallows of the man’s mind, and for my friend’s sake to win his base confidence. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

George Meredith For the maxim of the healthy man is: up, and have it out in exercise when sleep is for foisting base coin of dreams upon you! And as the healthy only are fit to live, their maxims should be law. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

I might get comfort, and selfish triumph, and some sort of base assurance out of that, if I could. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

I hate to think that there can be so base a thing in the world as you. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing It is not in your power—it would be in the power of no man who is not utterly base and wicked—to repeat such words this morning. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Nor did he fail to base his exegesis, whenever possible, upon an appeal to general principles. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope As for Tappitt himself, he certainly believed that Rowan was so base a scoundrel that no evil words against him could be considered as malicious or even unnecessary. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Mrs. Carnaby was the corrupt, unscrupulous woman, who shrank from nothing to gratify a base selfishness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

T. E. Lawrence My chiefs would arrange a base at Yenbo, where the stores and supplies he needed would be put ashore for his exclusive use. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I waited for that, Gilbert. Don’t suppose that it was not painful to me to act so base a part; don’t suppose that I did not suffer. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Theodore Dreiser You haven’t any real evidence of wrong-doing on which to base any such outburst as this. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Men obeyed their base immediate motives until the world grew unendurably bitter. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle The base and origin of this lay in the fact that in their own studies each was the only one of the younger men who had knowledge and enthusiasm enough to properly appreciate the other. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

George Gissing That would make me base if you like. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy Are you going to walk with me a little way?” As Eustacia uttered the latter words she retired from the base of the barrow, and Wildeve followed her, so that the reddleman could hear no more. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith Are you pledged at all to Mr. Edward Blancove?” “Do you suppose me one to pledge myself?” “He is doing a base thing. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne Après avoir dépassé la cuvette, le forestier longea la base de la courtine pendant une vingtaine de pas, et s’arrêta au-dessous de la poterne, à l’endroit où pendait le bout de chaîne. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Abraham Merri Then from the base of one arose a tangle of shimmering strands, long, slender whiplashes that played about and sank slowly again beneath the crimson surface. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Baldwin Spencer After dark a dozen or more fires were lighted around the base of the Kauaua, and around these the men were grouped, each ab-moara amongst the elder men taking charge of and decorating his protégés. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

G. K. Chesterton He still retained his feeling about the town of Notting Hill, because he could not possibly have any other feeling, because it was the back and base of his brain. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope It is of no use going into that again, but there was nothing base about it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing The chilling of brain and heart, the unnerving of the hands, the slow gathering about one of fear and shame and impotent wrath, the dread feeling of helplessness, of the world’s base indifference. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jeremy Bentham Thus, in mathematical diagrams, one and the same base shall serve for a whole cluster of triangles. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Rafael Sabatini Not merely was he reckless of how he sinned against the law, he turned the law to his own base uses and so defiled it. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Jules Verne Even now its mean height was five or six feet above the sea level, and its base was probably of about the same thickness. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He could see in her no base worship of wealth for its own sake, no craving for splendour or fashionable pleasures. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Mark Twain They found a small recess in the one nearest the base of the rock, with a pallet of blankets spread down in it; also an old suspender, some bacon rind, and the well-gnawed bones of two or three fowls. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

T. E. Lawrence This, added to the high, strong brows and antimony-enlarged eyes, gave him a mixed air of artifice and petulance, with weary patience self-imposed upon a base of pride. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The fight is fix’d; nor shall the branded name Of a base coward blot your brother’s fame. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Gissing As if the wrong wasn’t in giving way to such a base superstition! I believe she has seen that since her father’s death. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jules Verne Ce second étage de la montagne s’élevait sur une base de roches, au milieu desquelles on trouva facilement une retraite. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells This article upon which I base my account floated before me in an unfamiliar, perplexing, and dream-like phraseology. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Rudyard Kipling I made it an accompaniment with heaps of base chords. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I base these generalizations on what I can recall of my own childhood outlook. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Your base hesitation may lead to results which I have not hitherto dared to anticipate. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I had been thinking the thing out, and had come to the conclusion that I must have a base somewhere and a fresh outfit. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Radclyffe Hall At first he had gone to a base hospital, but as soon as he could he had come to Paris to be treated by a very celebrated man. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle How say you, Sir William? Or you, my Lord of Angus? Or you, Sir Richard?” “Nay, nay, Nigel!” cried Sir William. “This base peasant is too small a matter for old comrades to quarrel over. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Jules Verne Cette gourde repose, en effet, sur une base coralligène, dont les assises descendent à pic dans les profondeurs de l’Océan. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

You, out of a base envy of her wealth; because of her superior rights, which made you a secondary person in this house, perhaps — there is nothing else for which you could hate her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

But most of all I realised that I was utterly incompetent to help, and as I understood that I could honestly base my refusal on incapacity and not on disinclination I began to feel more comfortable. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

T. E. Lawrence Goslett, single-handed, had hitherto done supplies, transport, ordnance, paymaster, base commandant. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Abraham Merri Its base was a flat strip of pathway a yard wide from which the walls curved out in perfect cylindrical form, smoothed and evened with utmost nicety. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Charles Dickens Had he ever been a spy himself? No, he scorned the base insinuation. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

G. K. Chesterton I mean it has been the only sort of success it could be; for Plutocracy has no philosophy or morals or even meaning; it can only be a material success, that is, a base success. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle It stood somewhat apart from the other trees, and the base of it was free from the brambles which formed a thick undergrowth elsewhere. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope But she was quite sure that he would not have married Hester Bolton while another wife was living in Australia. She arose almost to enthusiasm as she vindicated his character from so base a stain. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I have degraded myself and outraged you by making an appointment to pry into your Diary. I know how base my conduct is. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, we had been rolling and creaking on our way whilst this talk had been going forward, and as we reached the base of the mountains we could hear the rumbling of cannon far away upon the right. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle On reaching the base of the bluff they halted, and held a short council among themselves. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Anthony Trollope But a tailor! Foh! What a degraded creature was her child to cling to so base a love! She did, however, acknowledge to herself that the girl’s clinging was of a kind she had no power to lessen. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Solitude, now and for ever, or perchance some base alliance of the flesh, which would involve his later days in sordid misery. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Abraham Merri Where the block had been stood — a ship! It floated high on a base of curving waves cut from lapis lazuli and foam-crested with milky rock crystals. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Then, turning abruptly to the scene-painter, she said, almost imploringly: “It can’t be, Richard; he cannot have been so base as that. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James I’m not such a base creature. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Steele Rudd It was on an ironbark tree, around the base of which we soon were clamouring. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Mark Twain You dig a square in the steep base of the mountain, and set up two uprights and top them with two joists. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry Adams When Adams closed his interview with President Eliot, he asked the Bursar about his aunt’s old drawing-room, for the house had been turned to base uses. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Mark Twain However, my base instinct does bring me profit sometimes; I was the only man out of thirty-two hundred who got his money back on those two operas. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Charles Stur The base line was completed on the 19th, and measured six miles. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

William Makepeace Thackeray For you see, my dear Mr. Yorke, that in the fust place, that this is no common catchpny book, like that of most authors and authoresses, who write for the base looker of gain. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Mrs. Mandalay’s chocolate is as famous as her company, and of a better quality—for it is innocent of base mixtures. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was only by trying begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to base my articles. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle For when the deed was done this foul and base wretch fled to sanctuary at St. Cross, and I, as you may think, after him with all the posse. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Baldwin Spencer Each one is decorated with a double horse-shoe-shaped band of white pipe-clay which extends across the front of each thigh and the base of the abdomen. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

R. D. Blackmore But oh, my dear Charles, the very bravest man can do nothing against base treachery. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

James Joyce She used to say Ben Dollard had a base barreltone voice. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

You can’t base your conduct on a monstrous conception. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Abraham Merri I saw the Thing we sought to join lift itself into a prodigious pillar; the pillar’s base thrust forth stilts; upon them the Thing stepped over the blue dome of Norhala’s house. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Altogether I believe him to be a base and despicable man, both by nature and inclination, and that he will remain such to the end of time. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

It was something to have so palpable and rare a base for the fanciful fabric. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

She could see below her again a gleam of gold; at first she thought it was the base upon which the images had danced, but it was not that, it was not clear and definite enough. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Robert Louis Stevenson I do not tell you that your friend will not change, but as I am sure that her choice cannot be that of a man with a base ideal, so I am sure the change will be a safe and a good one. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne They carefully examined the high lava-cliffs of Shark Gulf from the base to the crest, although it was extremely difficult to reach even the level of the gulf. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

M. P. Shiel What were these climes and vices?’ ‘Robberies of a hundred sorts, murders of ten hundred—’ ‘But what made them do them?’ ‘Their evil nature—their base souls. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope And the need of doing so was not lessened by the fact that a base conspiracy had been made by a gang of villains who had thought that the money might thus be most readily extracted from him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She was wrong to base her whole reply upon the little sentence of reproach, but self-justification was necessary to her spirit. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Walter Scott But they little knew the princely house from which I spring — and as little the royal house of Stanley which I uphold, who hoped to humble Charlotte of Tremouille into so base a composition. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Francis Bacon We see in large fires how high the flames ascend, for the broader the base of the flame, the higher is its vertex. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Edith Wharton He would never do a base thing for money; but, after all, there was nothing base in marrying Lilla if he liked her looks and was amused by her talk, as he probably was. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

My mother’s father, and he loved her dearly! It is base ingratitude in me not to love him. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

If Descartes did not pay in good money, he however did great service in crying down that of a base alloy. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Jules Verne The change consisted in this, that the base of the projectile had turned toward the moon’s surface, and was so held by a perpendicular passing through its axis. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry Fielding He hath left out of his system the best passion which the mind can possess, and attempts to derive the effects or energies of that passion from the base impulses of pride or fear. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Ford Madox Ford He considered the base of the fountain that was half full of leaves. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Zona Gale Leaning upon its base was an old man watching them. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

H. G. Wells For all practical purposes now, the broad base of the human community is middle-class. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing Now, more likely than not, her father would resent his coming to Mrs. Hannaford’s, would see in it something suspicious, a suggestion of base purpose. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

It was a base thing to do, Brian.’ ‘You ought not to say so much as that, sir, knowing so little of the circumstances. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Francis Bacon But base and crafty cowards, are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Henry James She rose; she drifted some yards; then she was washed against the base of the bridge, and one of the openings of her little dress hooked itself to an old loose clamp. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

I have striven to focus all the creeds of mankind in one brilliant centreeliminating all that is base and superstitious in each several religion, crystallising all that is good and true. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Meredith It was bitter enough that one could be brought to utter the thing, even if her ideas were so base as to suspect it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

In the case of Darius, fear was the ruling passion; in the earlier case, a near self-interest, but not in a base sense selfish. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

There are, indeed, no records upon which to base a narrative of his early years. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

H.P. Lovecraft It is always a relief to get clear of the place, and to follow the narrow road around the base of the hills and across the level country beyond till it rejoins the Aylesbury pike. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Henry Adams Adams’s life, past or future, was a succession of violent breaks or waves, with no base at all. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing Ought she, did she dare, to return home at all? Even if her strength sufficed for simulating a natural manner, could she consent to play so base a part? There was but one possible alternative. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Niccolo Machiavelli In addition to this, it often occurs that a courageous man is mounted on a base horse, and a base man on a courageous horse, whence it must happen that this difference in courage causes disorders. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

As the branch shook, something was disturbed from it, a long way from the base of the tree and where the trunk was rapidly beginning to thin down. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Sir Thomas Browne I would not entertain a base design, or an action that should call me villain, for the Indies; and for this only do I love and honour my own soul, and have methinks two arms too few to embrace myself. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

T. E. Lawrence Its spirit was accretive, to endure as far as the senses would endure, and to use each such advance as base for further adventure, deeper privation, sharper pain. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle From that direction the place is really inaccessible, and, were it not for a hardish ledge which runs at the very base of the precipice, we should have had to turn back. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

But the idealist, of whatever school, is seldom content to base his appeal to us upon these scattered intuitions alone. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

I had strayed into the base of a gigantic tripod, its gaunt legs stayed and cross-stayed, its apex lost in fog; the beacon, I remembered. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Of lightning, and of shreds she was begot; More hold in base dissemblers is there not. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Ivan Turgenev I want to convince your mother that I am not a base deceiver!’ Sanin’s bosom fairly heaved with the flood of generous and ardent emotions. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps that had been his intention;—but before two days were over he had remembered that though it might be base to tell her ladyship’s secrets, the penny-post was still open to him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jack London In the sixth year I increased the base of my pyramid, so that in eighteen months thereafter the height of my monument was fifty feet above the height of the island. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Jules Verne The base of the mountain, with its spurs and their numberless ramifications, formed a labyrinth of valleys and elevations. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

No one is capable of such a base act as saving his fellow-man from death. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

La Chataigneraie betrayed the base secret to the dauphin, the dauphin to the king, the king to his courtiers, and the courtiers to all their acquaintance. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James Lady Agnes was forced to recognise this empire as precarious, to forswear the hope of a blessed renewal from the moment the question was of base infatuations on his own part. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

There is no treachery that I should think base if employed against him. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Abraham Merri The dead of the fortress lay thick around tower base and bridge-head. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing But have more courage; refuse to act falsehoods; tell society it is base and brutal, and that you prefer to live an honest life. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jules Verne Nous sommes dans le sud-est, à quatre-vingt-cinq lieues de la base du Sneffels, et, d’après mes notes précédentes, j’estime à seize lieues la profondeur atteinte. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

He knew that in this one heart at least no base suspicion ever had harbored; he knew that this love, at least, had cleaved to him through all shame and against all evil. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The back of his short neck was as a single lump of iron sinew which bulged beyond the base of his skull, so that his head seemed like a small ball protruding from a huge mountain of flesh. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

To leave the house would have appeared a base desertion. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The university capped the pyramid of education, but the base of that pyramid was weak’. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Anna Katherine Green So unchecked had been the spread of verdure from base to chimney, that the impression made by the indistinguishable mass was one of studied secrecy and concealment. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

I have never seen a base for any temple nor found an excuse to believe in the myths that are told there. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Walter Scott The restless stream its rocky base Assails with ceaseless din; And many a troubled spirit strays The dungeons dark within. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Henry Fielding Guilt, on the contrary, like a base thief, suspects every eye that beholds him to be privy to his transgressions, and every tongue that mentions his name to be proclaiming them. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Washington Irving They were calculated to wound and irritate the noble mind, and to render the base mind baser. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Wilkie Collins Rich Mr. Dunboyne has taught his heir to despise the base act of marrying for money. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

H. G. Wells The base of your thumb and a bit of cuff! It looks like the ghost of a bit of your hand sticking out of the darkling sky. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Charles Stur This base line ran along the sandy ridge above the flats of Laidley’s Ponds towards Cawndilla, so that we had no detention, but left the Darling on the 17th. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Charles Kingsley And yet that man, she knew, suspected her of a base and hateful crime. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

G. K. Chesterton Nothing in this universe seemed quite natural to Michael Moon. “As my colleague has just explained,” said Inglewood, “there are two enigmas or inconsistencies on which we base the defence. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins I respect and admire you far too sincerely to take a base advantage of this occasion — the only occasion on which I have been permitted to speak with you alone. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell The prettiness of the garden round the base of the Palace looked to us mean and out of place, with its tidy flower-beds and low shrubs. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

T. E. Lawrence Sherif Hussein had had the worldly wisdom to base his precepts on the instinctive belief of the Arabs that they were of the salt of the earth and self-sufficient. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

All others are counterfeits, made of base Indian meal, damaged by sea-water. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

T. E. Lawrence The first step towards this was to move our base to Wejh: which we proceeded to do in the grand manner. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton They were not the eyes of a coward, but of some one much too clever to take risks; and my gorge rose at their look of base astuteness. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

I cannot think that you could be base at heart. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

M. R. James It was not long before he was standing by it, and found himself looking at a square block of white stone fashioned somewhat like the base of a pillar, with a square hole in the upper surface. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

G. K. Chesterton That is the first startling circumstance on which we base our argument. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jules Verne Après avoir contourné la base de la montagne, ils traversèrent de longues prairies dont l’herbe semblait faite de fanons de baleine. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Richard Burton It flows along the Southern base of Ohod, said to be part of the plain of Al-Madinah, and it collects the drainage of the high lands lying to the South and South-east. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

The cant of Imperialism was easy to learn and use; it was speedily adopted by all sorts of base enterprises and turned to all sorts of base ends. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

He had been talking wildly; had offended her, his divinity, the woman to win whom was the fixed purpose of his mind—to win her at his own price, which was a base one. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Jules Verne One must remember that this aerial car had a base with a superficies of fifty-four square feet. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Montezuma’s gardens stretched for miles around the base of the hill. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

But, whether from some human hand it came, Or hostile god, is left unknown by fame: No human hand or hostile god was found, To boast the triumph of so base a wound. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Caroline Lamb She considered him as a depraved and weak character— base enough to attempt the worst; but too cowardly to carry his project into effect. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

He was born disenchanted, the world’s promises awoke no echo in his bosom, the world’s activities and the world’s distinctions seemed to him equally without a base in fact. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry James I shall have a base of operations. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

The male, also, as described by Waterton, has a spiral tube, nearly three inches in length, which rises from the base of the beak. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

For, by enduring such base names, men are insensibly accustomed and drawn on to base actions. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Baldwin Spencer The base of the basket has a very strongly marked indentation. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope It is their misfortune that they must do so now — now, when so large a portion of the world has thrown off the system, spurning as base and profitless all labor that is not free. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing It is base and wicked to stay there — pretending — deceiving —’ Bevis came towards her and took her in his arms. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The Audible Sisterhood rightly affirms the equality of the sexes: no man is so base but some woman is base enough to love him. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Victor Hugo There was a hole in the masonry near the base of the parapet; he placed his foot in it, so that his knee stood higher than the top, and scarcely an effort was necessary to spring over it. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The forest ran to the very base of a cliff, in the face of which were the mouths of many caves. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Sir W. Logan states that their “united thickness may possibly far surpass that of all the succeeding rocks, from the base of the palaeozoic series to the present time. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne A layer of earth and plenty of vegetation covered it, and the base of ice must have been of considerable thickness. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope He was quite willing to believe that his client was as base as Mr Apjohn represented him to be; but he was not willing to believe that Mr Cheekey was as powerful as had been assumed. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H.P. Lovecraft If we wintered in the antarctic we would probably fly straight from Lake’s base to the Arkham without returning to this spot. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

That cruel lie was a base and cowardly blow in the dark; it was the treacherous dagger-thrust of an infamous assassin. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Rudyard Kipling Bit by bit, one builds up and digs oneself into a base whence one can move in any direction, and fall back upon in any need. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

He burnt incense before any altar, and had written much that was base and unworthy when the fancy of the town set that way, and a ribald pen was at a premium. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Andrew Lang On the Dodwell pyxis of 650 to 620 B.C., a man wears an oval shield, covering him from the base of the neck to the ankles. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne On se rappelle que ce wagon aérien offrait à sa base une superficie de cinquante-quatre pieds carrés. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

George Gissing Do you class me with those who can only be tempted by base suggestions? What reason have I ever given you to think of me so? Suppose me to have been tempted. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Baldwin Spencer If the youth died, then the base of the tree was stripped of its bark, and it was killed by fire, so that it might remain as a monument of the dead man. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Jules Verne Dans un coin murmurait une vasque, alimentée par un filet liquide, et dont le trop-plein s’écoulait par une perte ménagée à la base de l’un des piliers. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

George Meredith He shall know that I am not the base person he has conceived me to be. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Thomas Hardy At the line where its base descended to the parapet there were half a dozen iron balls, precisely like cannon-shot, standing loosely in a groove, and on these the dome rested its whole weight. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Thomas Wolfe He had sensed how the hollow pyramid of a false social structure had been erected and sustained upon a base of common mankind’s blood and sweat and agony. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

William Makepeace Thackeray He repented of his foul deed, and his base purloining of the restaurateur’s plate. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

T. H. Huxley I conceive then that the base of the skull may be demonstrated developmentally to be its relatively fixed part, the roof and sides being relatively moveable. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope She had been mean enough, base enough, vile enough, to sell herself to that wretched lord. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne La partie de Standard–Island qui a le plus souffert est celle qui servait de base à Milliard–City. Elle a totalement sombré sous le poids de ses édifices. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Baldwin Spencer All around the base of this were arranged tufts of black eagle-hawk feathers, each fastened on to a stick, so that they radiated from the head-dress. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Willa Cather On the march at last; through a brilliant August day Colonel Scott’s battalion was streaming along one of the dusty, well-worn roads east of the Somme, their railway base well behind them. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

T. H. Huxley But, it is not I who seek to base Man’s dignity upon his great toe, or insinuate that we are lost if an Ape has a hippocampus minor. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope If I give to you a thousand pounds, now this moment, and you take it, you are base — but if I leave it you in my will — and die — you take it, and are not base. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker The base of his system was animal magnetism, which could be super-induced or aided by mechanical appliances. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Rafael Sabatini There were clumps of broom, thick with golden flower, about the base of the hill. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Arthur Conan Doyle I was not base enough for that. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James But that is thought rather a base evasion, a begging of the question; the vulgar set can easily keep up with them on music. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It was the woman who broke the silence that followed with a base speech. The Disenchantment of ’Lizabeth by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Anthony Trollope As he thought of it afterwards he felt that had she accepted it she would have been base indeed. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe ON the north-east coast of Scotland, in the most romantic part of the Highlands, stood the Castle of Athlin; an edifice built on the summit of a rock whose base was in the sea. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Jack London It is a base and unwarranted assumption. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Jules Verne He went upon the stage, and took his place beside the rest who were to compose the base of the Car of Juggernaut. They all stretched themselves on the floor, their noses pointing to the ceiling. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins The base deceitfulness of Helena’s crime against me seemed to call for a day of reckoning that hid itself under no disguise. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He had to remember how base a traitor this man had been to him. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne Passepartout entra en scène, et vint se ranger avec ceux de ses collègues qui devaient figurer la base du Char de Jaggernaut. Tous s’étendirent à terre, le nez dressé vers le ciel. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry James It stood in a high, shallow valley, with flower-strewn Alpine meadows sloping down to it from the base of certain rugged rocks whose outlines were grotesque against the evening sky. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Meredith Had you to exile gone, Where free speech is base coin, You’d sigh to see the jolly nose Where Freedom’s native liquor flows!’ He this time the laughter led, Dabbling his oily bullet head. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Arthur Conan Doyle And now they were clear of the rocks again, with a fine stretch of firm yellow sand extending to the very base of the conical hill which lay before them. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Guy de Maupassan They are furious, criminal, devoted, admirable and base in obedience to intangible emotions. The Model (Femme d'artiste) by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne La base avait cent vingt pieds de tour, et les couches concentriques de son bois lui donnaient plus de quatre mille ans d’existence. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]