Phrases with "degree"

William Godwin The soil of Thessaly, says the poet, is in the utmost degree fertile in poisonous herbs, and her rocks confess the power of the sepulchral song of the magician. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

But I was desperately weak and wasted to a degree of emaciation that I should have supposed to be impossible in a living man. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Sidney Colvin He had a taste, and some degree of talent for literature, and held strongly Radical opinions. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Jane Austen She could not, however, reach such a degree of certainty, as not to be anxious to hear whether anything had been said on the subject at the other house, where the Crofts had previously been calling. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Edgar Allan Poe Dirk Peters treated him with some degree of kindness, and on one occasion saved him from the brutality of the cook. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

William Godwin On my return I found a degree of anxiety in every face, and was told that she had had a sort of shivering fit, and had expressed some anxiety at the length of my absence. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

H. G. Wells In Great Britain the honorary degree of a university, in spite of the fact that it goes almost as a matter of course to every casual Prince, is a highly desirable recognition of public services. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Robert Green Ingersoll Tell me the religion of any man and I will tell you the degree he marks on the intellectual thermometer of the world. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

There is a degree of mental excitement in which ideas are more vivid than sensations, and then the world of external things gives way to the world within the brain. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The extent to which this result follows depends in some considerable degree on the temperament of the population. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

At sixteen he passed to Caius–Gonvil College, Cambridge, and three years afterwards took his B.A. degree and quitted the university. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Ever since they had left the forest and set foot upon the sterile plateau, the commissariat, once so plentifully supplied, had been impoverished to a degree that bordered upon starvation. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

He was too tired to feel in the least degree surprised at their departure and sinking back exhausted, in a minute at the longest was fast asleep. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope It was indeed possible that the Duke was becoming in the slightest degree weary of Lady Glencora’s thraldom, and that he thought that Madame Max Goesler might be more tender with him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott She did not seem in the slightest degree alarmed, or disturbed. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Charles Stur But I should be doing injustice to those officers, more particularly to Captain Grey, if I did not state that he shewed a degree of enthusiasm and courage that deserve the highest praise. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Dr. Cyril Jackson had been tutor to the Prince of Wales (George IV.); he had repeatedly refused a bishopric; and that, perhaps, is entitled to place a man one degree above him who has accepted one. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Edith Wharton He had reached the same degree of absorption which, the day he had met Laura Lou in the rubberneck car, had made it impossible to fix his attention on what she was saying. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Ann Radcliffe During dinner she preserved a degree of composure, that effectually concealed the varied anguish of her heart. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

True, they were bigoted in a degree which indicated feebleness of intellect; but THAT wounded no man in particular, while to many it recommended them. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Anthony Trollope How otherwise were properly authorised marriages to be made up and arranged? When this was going on there was in some slight degree a diminished sympathy between Ayala and her aunt. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen As for their mother, Mr. Collins’s letter had done away much of her ill-will, and she was preparing to see him with a degree of composure which astonished her husband and daughters. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

H. G. Wells His turn came late in the course when I had already developed to a very high degree the habit of inattention to these physics lectures. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Lower still, where any degree of leisure, even ostensible, has become impracticable for the wife, the conspicuous consumption of goods remains and is carried on by the wife and children. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Jack London In those days, murder in the first degree was a capital offense. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Olaf Stapledon We may start by distinguishing between differences of degree of development and differences of capacity on the same hierarchical plane. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope But now he had almost forgotten Davis — had turned the matter over in his mind till he had taught himself to think that the disruption had been altogether his son’s work, and in no degree his own. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling On the notice-board in the Captains’ Room, the pulsing arrows of some twenty indicators register, degree by geographical degree, the progress of as many homeward-bound packets. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Also, be the earth devised in as many parts as the firmament, and let every part answer to a degree of the firmament. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

George Borrow His behaviour was frequently in the highest degree extraordinary, but he served me courageously and faithfully: such a valet, take him for all in all, “His like I ne’er expect to see again. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Margaret Oliphant She grasped fast hold of the only thing on the table, the Salem hymn-book, and with a vast effort regained some degree of self-command. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Olaf Stapledon Further, the evidence on which we base our belief in survival must have a specially high degree of cogency. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

It must not be long, nor must it be in the least degree heavy. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Anthony Trollope For the servants and dependents of the vicarage were staunch to the interests of the church establishment, with a degree of fervour of which the Vicar himself knew nothing. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But after all — and this is of course the main thing — I don’t conceive myself to have been in the remotest degree insulted. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Jack London To escape death he would have done anything, and the police agents prepared him by assuring him that he could not possibly escape conviction of murder in the first degree when his trial came off. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He afterwards used the same weapon with the same degree of strength, for the sake of experiment, and succeeded in battering a hole in a stone wall at the twenty-fifth stroke. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing However carefully regulated his private life had been, his position today could not have been other than it was; no degree of purity would have opened to him the door of a civilised house. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Its inner surface is sensitive, but not in nearly so high a degree as that of the many before-described petioles; for a loop of string, weighing 1. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Peter John had never had much to do with women, except his mother, and to some small degree with Barbara Clanroyden and Janet Roylance, because they were the belongings of his friends. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Jeremy Bentham There is no degree of torment so frightful, which may not belong to them. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

A. E. W. Mason And each court was only distinguishable from its neighbour by a degree of ruin. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Benjamin Disraeli He was impressed, in a manner and degree not before experienced, with the greatness of his inheritance. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the bulk of our Irish natives are not kept from thriving, by that cynical content in dirt and beggary which they possess to a degree beyond any other people in Christendom? 20. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Samuel Johnson How long he continued behind the counter, or with what degree of softness and dexterity he received and accommodated the ladies, as he probably took no delight in telling it, is not known. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

The degree of freedom of the press existing in this country is often over-rated. Collected Essays by George Orwell

It suggested a degree of cowardice which nothing in his appearance seemed to warrant. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He was noted for stinginess to such a degree that they said his wife wore a brass wedding-ring, weekdays, to save the genuine article from wearing out. The Haunted Dragoon by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thence to an armourer’s, where I got a plain sword, to suit with my degree in life. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Those who knew her then, describe her as grave, thoughtful, and quiet, to a degree far beyond her years. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Wilkie Collins In Magdalen’s situation all experiments of this sort would have been in the last degree difficult and dangerous with any man. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Willa Cather Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts were allowed credits for commercial studies; courses in bookkeeping, experimental farming, domestic science, dress-making, and what not. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Charles Dickens Noting these things with a degree of apprehension which neither of the three cared to impart, in its full extent, to his companions, they came to a turnpike-gate, which was shut. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edgar Allan Poe Upon once more reviving he was in fuller possession of his reason — this was still, however, in the greatest degree clouded and confused. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Jane Austen The prospect before her now, was threatening to a degree that could not be entirely dispelled — that might not be even partially brightened. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Walter Scott Again, the Emperor Alexius may be blamed for affecting a degree of state which was closely allied to imbecility. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Walter Scott One step only was wanting to raise him to a still higher degree of confidence and favour — it was the abjuration of the Popish religion. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Walter Scott Joceline Joliffe is nearer thy degree than I am, and will make surrender to thee of the Lodge and household stuff. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

From Winchester College he had gone on to Cambridge, and there had taken a degree with first-class honours. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Virginia Woolf For few poets and novelists are capable of that high degree of tension which gives us reality. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Bram Stoker The wind was then blowing from the south-west in the mild degree which in barometrical language is ranked ‘No. 2, light breeze. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Thomas Love Peacock The degree of happiness that any circumstances or objects can confer on us depends on the mental disposition with which we approach them. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Edgar Allan Poe Upon this point, however, I feel a degree of proud satisfaction in permitting the reader to judge for himself. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Olaf Stapledon Though in societies which have not attained genuine community some degree of restriction may be necessary, the fact that restriction is necessary proves that community has not been attained. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

George Meredith The superlative Polar degree appeared to invigorate Mr. Barrett. He devoted his remarks mainly to Cornelia, and cheerfully received her frozen monosyllables in exchange. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

David Hume A pair of shoes, perhaps, was never yet wrought to the highest degree of perfection, which that commodity is capable of attaining. Of the Immortality of the Soul by David Hume [1777]

Those scattered distant ships’ companies seemed to the eyes of the earth only one degree removed (on the right side, I suppose) from the other strange monsters of the deep. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jules Verne Dr. Ferguson carefully remarked that they had not gone beyond the second degree of south latitude, nor the twenty-ninth of east longitude. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Henry James This exasperation, however, was a degree of flattery; it was neither indifference nor simple contempt; it acknowledged a mystifying reality in the jeune Anglaise and even a shade of importance. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Meredith Wonder in no degree that they indulge a craving to be fools, or that many of them act the character. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Charles Dickens Besides being far too shamefaced to make the proposal myself, I really had a delicate misgiving that it would be in the last degree disconcerting to them. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

In a proper position a magnetick needle, while by its rotatory nature conformed to the earth, dips to some certain degree below the horizon on an oblique sphere. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jules Verne The fifty-sixth degree of latitude had been left behind. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Henry James I may as well say at once that this little record pretends in no degree to be a picture either of my introduction to Mr. Paraday or of certain proximate steps and stages. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

These mechanical employments are in a degree a modern fact. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I think it in the highest degree improbable, but the improbable has to be investigated before it can be excluded. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

This family became divided eight generations ago into two branches; so that the head of the above-mentioned branch is cousin in the seventh degree to the head of the other branch. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

E. Phillips Oppenheim Before my very eyes papers of our society incriminating me were placed in the hand of our enemy, Signor Villesco, by one who had sworn our oaths in the first degree and worn our flower. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Henry James He felt her spirit, through the whole strangeness, finer than his own to the very degree in which she might have been, in which she certainly had been, more wronged. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Algernon Blackwood The degree of alertness varied oddly. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Leslie Stephen Dr. Barnard, he said, was the only man who had ever done justice to his good breeding; “and you may observe,” he added, “that I am well-bred to a degree of needless scrupulosity. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Gissing The misery of Wilfrid’s situation was mitigated in a degree by mere wonder at her mode of receiving his admissions. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

What Doctor Sturk is about to say may acquire an additional legal value by his understanding precisely the degree of danger in which he lies. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Scott I am sorry any such should have occurred at this time, to interrupt in the slightest degree the respectful reception due to your lordship; but so it is. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Maria Edgeworth His knowledge of the world, and his natural gaiety of disposition, rendered his conversation not only useful, but in the highest degree amusing. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

One of them thus described the blessed state of a magnetic patient: “In such a man animal instinct ascends to the highest degree admissible in this world. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He opened his eyes reluctantly, to gauge the degree of light, and found that the light was no longer coming in at the window at all. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Anne Bronte He politely answered my inquiries, and then returned again to the subject I wished to avoid; though with a degree of timidity that witnessed his fear to offend. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Henry James He was afraid he should really finish her, and he himself was surprised in a degree at his insistence. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Guy de Maupassant Six months later I took my degree of Bachelor of Arts. Then I went to study law in Paris, and did not return to my native town till two years later. The Question of Latin (La Question du latin) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

This letter in a degree recalled me to life, and I determined to quit my island at the expiration of two days. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Gissing And yet, as a matter of fact, no nation possesses in so high a degree the social and civic virtues. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

David Hume It is thus in countries where men’s bodies are apt to exceed in corpulency, personal beauty is placed in a much greater degree of slenderness, than in countries where that is the most usual defect. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope But as to saying their prayers? That, as far as I can see, has come also, though perhaps not in a manner altogether satisfactory, or to a degree which should be held to be sufficient. North America by Anthony Trollope

Then, all his undertakings were successful to such a degree that his good fortune had become proverbial. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

She knew my weakness and deficiency; she could calculate the degree of moral paralysis — the total default of self-assertion — with which, in a crisis, I could be struck. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

The faithful attendant and follower of Punishment. It is usually manifest in a degree of reformation that is not inconsistent with continuity of sin. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Another interesting relation exists, namely, between the depth of the sea separating islands from each other or from the nearest continent, and the degree of affinity of their mammalian inhabitants. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

John Locke In every act of sensation, reasoning, or thinking, we are conscious to ourselves of our own being; and, in this matter, come not short of the highest degree of certainty. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Thomas Hardy The gray half-tones of daybreak are not the gray half-tones of the day’s close, though the degree of their shade may be the same. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

William Godwin In the evening she had a second shivering fit, the symptoms of which were in the highest degree alarming. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

James Joyce I don’t mean to presume to dictate to you in the slightest degree but why did you leave your father’s house? — To seek misfortune, was Stephen’s answer. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Jane Austen Marianne’s joy was almost a degree beyond happiness, so great was the perturbation of her spirits and her impatience to be gone. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

H. G. Wells Until I actually see the young woman in question, I do not see how far I can apportion the exact degree of culpability —” “Oh damn it, Father,” said Gemini, “steady on. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Instructions from his local board were that he was to complete his studies in Zurich and take a degree as he had planned. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

For his part, without being enslaved to a degree embarrassing to their friends, Holland made an obviously satisfactory husband. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Walter Besant For I had got safely to my third and last year, when I ought to have been presenting myself for a degree in Arts, with my string of syllogisms. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Yet it is easy to calculate the degree of moral and intellectual improvement which the world would have exhibited, had they never lived. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

H. G. Wells They had been living for three years, very grey and long years indeed, in a world that seemed sinking down steadily through one degree of privation after another into utter darkness. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of Wordsworth, by F. W. H. Myers Wordsworth took his B.A. degree in January, 1791, and quitted Cambridge with no fixed intentions as to his future career. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

T. E. Lawrence A section across Syria from sea to desert, a degree further south, began in colonies of Moslem Circassians near the coast. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

R. D. Blackmore His first appearance at Flamborough, though it made little stir at the moment in a place of so many adventures, might still be considered unusual, and in some little degree remarkable. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe Large stocks of firs and pine trees, after being absorbed by the current, rise again broken and torn to such a degree as if bristles grew upon them. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

The bite of the most noxious of the insects, at the very worst, only causes a transient fever with a degree of pain more or less. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

No one, Ben Jonson excepted, possessed at that epoch, in so great a degree as himself, a love of the honest truth. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

G. K. Chesterton But for all that, there was a dark but busy cell in his inmost brain, where thought for thought’s sake went on in an almost dangerous degree of turmoil and intensity. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Jeremy Bentham The disposition which any one has to feel such or such a quantity of pleasure or pain, upon the application of a cause of given force, is what we term the degree or quantum of his sensibility. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

George Gissing They seem to be just one degree above the roughs who come to blows and get into the police court. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Washington Irving His name was Kenrick. He was originally a mechanic, but, possessing some degree of talent and industry, applied himself to literature as a profession. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Ann Radcliffe The instructions of madame she caught with astonishing quickness, and in a short time attained to a degree of excellence in her favorite study, which few persons have ever exceeded. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Bram Stoker He was thirty-two years of age when he took his degree of Doctor of Medicine at Vienna in 1765. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Helen Zimmern He inspired in my mind a degree of hope and confidence, essential in the first instance to the full exertion of the mental powers, and necessary to insure perseverance in any occupation. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Benjamin Disraeli But in that conduct there was, and he observed it with some degree of mortification, a total absence of the consciousness of being the object of the passionate admiration of another. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Walter Scott The degree of embarrassment, which his demeanor evinced, had nothing in it either meanly servile, or utterly disconcerted. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The young stranger strove so hard, too (and undoubtedly it was a pleasant labor), to win her love, that she was successful to a degree of which the lady herself was not, perhaps, aware. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Wilkie Collins I wish I could do more; I wish I could return in the smallest degree the feeling with which she regards me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Algernon Blackwood As he stared into her eyes, the picture in his mind grew and lived, dressing itself vividly to his inner vision with a degree of reality he was compelled to acknowledge. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope She walked with him, and rode with him, and danced with him, and talked secrets with him — as though there were no Oxford, no degree before him. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Taste and fancy are not the highest gifts of the human mind, but such as they are you possess them — not probably in a paramount degree, but in a degree beyond what the majority can boast. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Thomas Hardy You would have obtained your degree long before this time — possibly fellowship — and I should have been on my way to mine. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Maria Edgeworth In short, my dear, before we had got through the turnpike gate, I was downright obliged to say to him, ‘Get out!’ which I did with a degree of indignation that quite astonished him. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

The same is not true in the same degree as regards individuals and their relations to one another. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells In the former case you will adopt aggressive Imperialism, but you will carry it out to its “thorough” degree of extermination. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Numbers depend primarily on the means of subsistence, and this depends partly on the physical nature of the country, but in a much higher degree on the arts which are there practised. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

His youth was passed in poverty, hardship, and a degree of severe manual labour which left its traces in a premature stoop and weakened constitution. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Their daily life is not in the same degree a course of habituation to the emulative and invidious motives and maneuvers of the pecuniary side of industry. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Jeremy Bentham As to the law phrase, it is antiquated French, and though complex, it is still elliptical, and to the highest degree obscure. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Mark Twain Hugo and the mastodon will still have a degree of intense interest thereafter when encountered, but never anything approaching the ecstasy of that first view. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

I said to myself disdainfully that it should take much more than that to affect in the smallest degree my fortitude. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Anthony Trollope I have, as it were, been educated to dirt, and taken out my degree in outward abominations. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Notwithstanding a strong breeze from the northeast, the Forward made considerable progress, and on the 23rd of June she passed the 74th degree of latitude. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

This, however, did not interfere in the slightest degree with the most intense interest in her, and the most assiduous attention. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

David Hume Our intercourse with them could not be called society, which supposes a degree of equality; but absolute command on the one side, and servile obedience on the other. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

I continued the conversation with a degree of interest. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Anthony Trollope It depended, even within her own bosom, on her own conduct solely, and in no degree on the conduct of those among whom she might chance to find herself. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

But with many distant and future objects, our practical relations are to the last degree potential and remote. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Walter Scott When Mr. Winterblossom had succeeded in restoring some degree of order, he found the mishaps of the young divine proved as intimidating as ludicrous. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Percy Bysshe Shelley But they contain no more than certain elucidations of my own nature; concerning the degree in which it resembles, or differs from, that of others, I am by no means accurately aware. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thomas Paine Perhaps a more heart-felt convulsion never reached a country with the same degree of power and rapidity before, and never may again. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Wilkie Collins This is really good Italian cookery: it is more fanciful than the English and more solid than the French. It is not greasy, and none of the fried dishes taste in the slightest degree of lamp oil. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Washington Irving Their vaunted lineage is regarded with a degree of popular deference, rarely shown in Mohammedan communities to any hereditary distinction, excepting in the royal line. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope He had taken no degree himself, except a high degree in wealth, and could not understand that he ought to congratulate a young man of twenty-two as to a successful termination of his school-lessons. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Mr. Lovel was sympathetic to the last degree — sighed in unison with his visitor, and brushed some stray drops of moisture from his own eyelids when Lady Laura wept. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Remember that, when my appeal becomes public, all these circumstances will become so to, and you are to judge what degree of credit they will attach to the community. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Isabella Bird Wealth and poverty are within a few feet of each other, and as Moslems are charitable to a degree and in a manner which puts us to shame, the juxtaposition is advantageous. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jeremy Bentham The degree in which private ethics stands in need of the assistance of legislation, is different in the three branches of duty above distinguished. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

By the time the seventeenth degree of dilution should be reached, the alcohol required would equal in quantity the waters of ten thousand Adriatic seas. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I found her possessed in a somewhat remarkable degree of at least two good points, viz. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

He was a thin, determined-looking man with a screwed-up face and heavy jaw, slow of speech, and absorbed in his work to a degree which I quickly found tiresome. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

Percy Bysshe Shelley This degree is infinitely varied by the infinite variety in the temperament and opinions of the sufferers. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

H. G. Wells This choice of degree subjects is a very serious one, and one you ought to make now. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

David Hume On the contrary, from observing the variety of conduct in different men, we are enabled to form a greater variety of maxims, which still suppose a degree of uniformity and regularity. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Algernon Blackwood The closest intimacy we knew was when together we shared one moment of the same beauty; no other intimacy approaches the reality of that; it is now strengthened to a degree unrealized before. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Arnold Bennett The mien of the two men had communicated to her an excitement far surpassing their own, in degree and in felicity. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Her face wore a look that was almost profound, and there was an acknowledgment in it, a degree of submission, which startled him. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The upper classes are by custom exempt or excluded from industrial occupations, and are reserved for certain employments to which a degree of honour attaches. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

His frame was muscular and well-proportioned; his air commanding; and his deportment in the Spanish quarters had a degree of refinement, the more interesting that it was touched with melancholy. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Walter Scott The minstrel arose respectfully, and from the manner in which he paid his compliments, seemed, if he had not expected this call of enquiry, at least to be in no degree surprised at it. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

George Gissing To bear up under the secret thought of her crime and its consequences required in Ida Starr a courage different alike in quality and degree from that of which children are ordinarily capable. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

I do not pretend that the facts given in this chapter strengthen in any great degree my theory; but none of the cases of difficulty, to the best of my judgment, annihilate it. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

A few of you go a step further and add M.D.” “Many of us take our degree as physician at once, Uncle John,” said Roger. “It is becoming quite the custom. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

A becoming quantity of rouge gave the finishing touch to her figure, which had a degree of pretension about it that immediately attracted our notice. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann This mystic extravagance was in the highest degree repugnant to Clara’s clear intelligent mind, but it seemed vain to enter upon any attempt at refutation. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

A person of the highest degree of unworth. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Olaf Stapledon In this kind of act he achieves the highest possible degree of freedom. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Mr. Watkins Tottle viewed the observation in the same light, and challenged Mrs. Parsons to take wine, with a degree of presence of mind, which, under all the circumstances, was really extraordinary. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry James But he hadn’t himself at this juncture seen Frankle; he had only wondered, and a degree of mystification had even remained. The Bench of Desolation by Henry James [1909]

He was still thinking of his missing wife, still feeling, to a degree that was intolerably painful, that miserable dream-like sense of helplessness and prostration. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jane Austen She was a little occupied in weighing her own feelings, and trying to understand the degree of her agitation, which she rather thought was considerable. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson This is what his art should be to the true artist, and that to a degree unknown in other and less intimate pursuits. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing But I fail to see how this would be possible without a degree of hypocrisy to which I could never reconcile myself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Walter Scott You know the degree of rivalry in which you have been held by the Emperor, and you know the measure of evil you have sustained at his hand. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Daniel Defoe And thus I was entered a complete thief, hardened to the pitch above all the reflections of conscience or modesty, and to a degree which I must acknowledge I never thought possible in me. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Davenant observed all this, and was anxious to know how much or how little Helen had seen, and what degree of interest it excited in her mind. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

It has been already remarked, that the degree of fertility, both of first crosses and of hybrids, graduates from zero to perfect fertility. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Sinclair Lewis Of course my work — I’m taking my Doctor of Philosophy degree in English —” She made it sound as though she were taking her earldom —“it’s rather dry and detached. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Meredith He was a man endowed to excite it in the most effective manner, to a degree fearful enough to win English sympathies despite his unEnglish faults. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope It is, however, in no degree for himself. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon It was possible in this world only because of the high degree of mental lucidity which had already been attained within the bounds of each race. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Margaret Oliphant Another moment and he had thrown himself again, with a degree of suppressed excitement wonderful to think of, upon the chances of his fate. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

The Levantine ate, too, and Grant caught himself wondering what degree of effort was required to swallow each of these mouthfuls. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Daniel Defoe But how hell should become by degree so natural, and not only tolerable, but even agreeable, is a thing unintelligible but by those who have experienced it, as I have. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Lucy glided behind the tree we were passing, which in a degree served to hide her. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

Francis Bacon Nor should extremes in the lowest degree be less noticed than extremes in the highest; such as spirit of wine in weight; silk in softness; the worms of the skin in animal bulk; and the like. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

W. H. Hudson Given an eye with the right degree of translucency in the membrane and a very thin deposit of yellow pigment spread equally over the surface, the result would be a perfectly green iris. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Lady Santerre could not oppose so natural a proceeding, especially as her companionship was solicited as in the highest degree necessary. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Andrew Lang If Helena is Datchery, the “assumption” or personation is in the highest degree improbable, her whole bearing is quite out of her possibilities, and the personation is very absurd. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope One was the heir, and, of course, did nothing; the second was struggling for a degree at Oxford with an eye to the family living; the third was in a fair way to become the family gamekeeper. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Sympathy between them there was none; nor had he ever troubled himself to cultivate her tastes, or attempted in the smallest degree to bring her nearer to him. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]