Phrases with "blunted"

Anthony Trollope He did not, however, do this till he had been in a measure provoked by it by the sharp-tongued cautions and blunted irony of his mother. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Besides, the very circumstance that the usurper was his mother’s husband filled him with some remorse, and still blunted the edge of his purpose. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Samuel Johnson Whatever they had among them before, whether of learning or acuteness, was commonly obscured and blunted by coarseness and inelegance of style. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Edgar Rice Burroughs My life within Pellucidar has rather quickened my senses of sight, hearing, and smell, and, too, certain primitive intuitive or instinctive qualities that seem blunted in civilized man. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Janet was keenly distressed at the little drama of suffering that unfolded itself daily before her, but her disapproval of its cause very much blunted her sense of its seriousness. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

H. G. Wells So many men might have blunted their heart-ache with—adventures. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

This sordid object, for ever before their eyes, must inevitably produce a sordid tone of mind, and, worse still, it produces a seared and blunted conscience on all questions of probity. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

One bull after another was driven in roaring, and as here they are generally fierce, and their horns not blunted as in Mexico, it is a much more dangerous affair. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Meredith Contemptuous of money, beyond the limited sum for his needs, he gazed; imagination was blunted in him to the hot drama of the business. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry Handel Richardson But she suffered, too, under the stress of her feeling; it blunted her, and made her, on the one hand, regardless of everything outside it, on the other, morbidly sensitive to trifles. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

He was not an utterly bad fellow, this John Treverton, though his better and purer feelings had been a good deal blunted by rough contact with the world. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Rudyard Kipling There was nothing else in all that great plain except the army; no sound but the changing notes of the aeroplanes and the blunted impression, rather than noise, of feet of men on soft ground. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Rudyard Kipling As a caste, the working Englishmen in Native States are curiously interesting; and the traveller whose tact by this time has been blunted by tramping, sits in judgment upon them as he has seen them. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle That razor brain blunted and rusted with inaction. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

D. H. Lawrence Ursula noticed the coarsened, blunted fingers groping at the little jewelled heap. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins A weary patience of expectation was all she felt now — the poignant torment of thought was dulled and blunted at last. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

For a long time he spoiled my taste for any other criticism; he made it seem pale, and poor, and weak; and he blunted my sense to subtler excellences than I found in him. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

E. F. Benson It had also blunted the acuteness of another question that did not concern her less. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Anthony Trollope The Lord blinded their enemies so that they saw not; He blunted their weapons; He paralyzed their courage; chariots and horses did not avail them; nor strong walls, nor mighty men of battle. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Wolfe He wanted to pound that inflamed and blunted face into a jelly. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle You will tell him also that a blunted lance is sufficient for such an encounter, but that a hand-stroke or two with sword or mace may well be exchanged, if both riders should keep their saddles. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Charles Kingsley But I thank God, that though I felt and suffered, the scathing blast neither blunted my perceptions of natural and moral beauty, nor, by withering the affections of my heart, made me a selfish man. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling Do not let it be blunted at St Xavier’s. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

It was a labour of love, of passionate ardour, similar to the manly zeal of the great scholars of the Renaissance. This appetite had not been blunted by enforced toil in a prescribed groove. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

This sight ‘whetted his almost blunted purpose. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Macbean was not drunk, but he was perceptibly blunted and blurred, and Fergus had never seen the pale eyes so watery or the black skull-cap so much on one side of the venerable head. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

George Gissing Her religion had long since fallen to pieces, and universal defilement of Scriptural phrase by the associations of the market-place had in this respect blunted her sensibilities. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing A hundred years hence—what of him and of me? What can it matter how he lived and how he died? The best kind of education would be that which hardened his skin and blunted his sympathies. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

His feelings had become so blunted that he did not care how soon he was shot in the back. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

W. H. Hudson Many a one have I seen put to death with a blunted knife, he, Barboza, looking on, smoking a cigarette. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Part scour the rusty shields with seam; and part New grind the blunted ax, and point the dart: With joy they view the waving ensigns fly, And hear the trumpet’s clangor pierce the sky. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Meredith She turned about comfortably to greet Wilfrid, uttering the inspired remark: “Ye look red from a sly kiss!” “For one?” said he, sharpening his blunted wits on this dull instrument. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

He was not very much shocked at what I had done, for poverty had perhaps blunted his sense of honor and principle. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Things were getting too bad, even for a man whose finer feelings had been blunted in an asylum, and as I have explained to you, I laid my plans accordingly. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

The narcotised temperaments of the East, so blunted to joy or sorrow, catch a responsive note only from the loud and the barbaric. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Edith Wharton But every word nauseated him, and his sense of irony was blunted by the fact that the grotesque phrases were applied to a being whom he loved and admired. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Meredith You are too sensitive for friends, and are blunted against enemies. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope As we make our way on to the end of his life we find that his character becomes tarnished, and that his high feelings are blunted by the party which he takes and the men with whom he associates. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

She arose in the morning, scarcely conscious that she had slept at all — languid from exhaustion — her sufferings blunted by their very excess. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Henry Handel Richardson Want of sympathy in his home-life blunted the finer edges of his nature; of a gentle and yielding disposition, he took on the commonplace colour of his surroundings. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle It is Nigel now, taken clean in the face of his helmet with the blunted spear, who flies backward off his horse and falls clanging on the grass. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]