Phrases with "edifice"

The Provisional Government, to which you swore fidelity in the great days of March, is not overthrown, but by violence expelled from the edifice in which it held its meetings. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The magnificent new church had shrivelled up to the original mean little edifice Anna had known all her life. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

On these ruins, with the skill and credit of which parliament had not been able to despoil him, my grandfather, at a mature age, erected the edifice of a new fortune. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

As they turned a corner of the quay and reached the small edifice built by Henry II. they saw the scaffold rising bare and bloody on its platform above the heads of the crowd. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Maria Edgeworth To attempt to rectify any errors in the foundation after an edifice has been constructed, is dangerous: the foundation, therefore, should be laid with care. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

The clock of St. Michael’s Church was striking twelve as he crossed the quaint old square in which that edifice stands, and groped his way through the narrow streets leading down to the water. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Gissing She could begin to work again, and make lofty that edifice of anti dogmatic scorn which had now such solid foundations. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

They were going upward, to the hilly region between Kingthorpe and Winchester, to a spot where there was a table-shaped edifice of stones, supposed to be of Druidic origin. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Rudyard Kipling My city was much as I had left it, except for an edifice called the Eiffel Tower, but it was still ignorant of wireless and automobiles. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

Edith Wharton But today his eyes, instead of raking the horizon, fastened on the clustering edifice of which, after six days’ residence, he knew so little. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell The ground-plan was something of the shape of three sides of an oblong; my apartments in the modern edifice occupied the narrow end, and had this grand prospect. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Besides himself and his paint Lapham had not many other topics; and if he had a choice between the mare and the edifice on the water side of Beacon Street, it was just now the latter. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

There are the three R’s at the bottom of the social edifice and the two F’s on the top. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

William Makepeace Thackeray But by far the finest, and I think the most extensive edifice in Naas, was a haystack in the inn-yard, the proprietor of which did not fail to make me remark its size and splendour. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

There were now three candles in church; but the edifice looked unpleasantly dim, and went off at the far end into total darkness. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Straightway he began to build an edifice of figures, calculating what his literary labours would bring him in year by year, and feeling that he already had a fortune in his grasp. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

The enormous glass edifice rose higher and higher, covering acres and enclosing towering elm trees beneath its roof: and then the fury of its enemies reached a climax. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

E. F. Benson Sacred edifice or not, these frightful suspicions had to be settled, and Elizabeth quietly rose and stood on tiptoe. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

H. G. Wells One resounding crack followed another in the mighty edifice of confidence and traditional usage which was the essential framework of civilised society. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Isabella Bird This “Tower of Silence” near Tihran is a large round edifice of whitewashed mud and stone. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

From this construction the visitor was obliged to pass round the whole edifice four times, in order to reach the top. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle Day by day, however, the work became more severe, and he felt that he was propping up an edifice which was so rotten that it must, sooner or later, come crumbling about his ears. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

In his eyes, the reforms which his contemporaries were so busy introducing into society were worse than useless — the mere patching of an edifice which would never be fit to live in. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Nathaniel Hawthorne So, at least, have I often fancied while lounging on a bench at the door of a small square edifice which stands between shore and shore in the midst of a long bridge. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The edifice of society as it then stood, apparently sound but already undermined, had served its purpose in the past. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

He stopped to think, or rather to give himself up to the passionate feelings inspired in him by the contemplation of that majestic edifice which he had judged so coldly the night before. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry Handel Richardson But she now built at her top-heavy edifice for her own enjoyment; and the usual fate of the robust liar had overtaken her: she was beginning to believe in her own lies. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

William Makepeace Thackeray A few millions judiciously expended might make of this arid hill one of the most magnificent gardens in the world; and the palace seems to me to excel for situation any Royal edifice I have ever seen. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

But few things could be sillier than to ignore the prior epistemological edifice in which the window is built, or to talk as if pragmatism began and ended at the window. The Meaning of Truth by William James

But the desired end was nevertheless attained, and Dr. Sterne succeeded in crowning the edifice of his ecclesiastical honours. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

George Gissing This edifice of subtle untruth had for its foundation a mere ideal of sexual love. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith Gower was presently summoned to the chamber where Admiral Fakenham reclined on cushions in an edifice of an arm-chair. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But the one edifice which gives the pledge of permanence to this bold enterprise is seen at the central point of the picture. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Edward Arundel knocked at the door of the wooden edifice erected by his foe. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle From the garrets of that palatial edifice to the cellars she was at liberty to roam where she would, and do what she chose. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Borrow Oh what feelings came over me on finding myself again in an edifice devoted to the religion of my country. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

H.P. Lovecraft Whether the whole edifice is now excavated I am not certain, but in 1910 most of it was below ground, with the entrance heavily barred at night. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

H. G. Wells And with the smash of the high and dangerous and splendid edifice of mechanical civilisation that had arisen so marvellously, back to the land came the common man, back to the manure. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

It looked as if the whole edifice would go down at the touch of a finger. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

It was his function to triumph over them, to supplant them, to rear the edifice of his own victorious passion upon their ruins. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Surprised them? No. For a long time M. d’Escorval had seen the prodigious edifice erected by the genius whom he had made his idol totter as if about to fall. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H.P. Lovecraft It was to a time-battered edifice of this description that I was driven one afternoon in November, 1896, by a rain of such chilling copiousness that any shelter was preferable to exposure. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Charles Dickens Monsieur P. Salcy, ‘par permission de M. le Maire,’ had established his theatre in the whitewashed Hotel de Ville, on the steps of which illustrious edifice I stood. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

There is a far older edifice adjoining the Castello di Corte, which Guido Bonacolsi began, and which witnessed the bloody end of his line, when Louis Gonzaga surprised and slew his last successor. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Washington Irving It is a small, mean-looking edifice of wood and plaster, a true nestling-place of genius, which seems to delight in hatching its offspring in by-corners. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

William Makepeace Thackeray The huge gilt edifice is approached by steps, and so tall, that it might be let off in floors, for sleeping-rooms for all the Carabas family. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Charles Dickens He thought, What a national calamity if an edifice connected with so many associations should be consumed by fire! At that time there was not a single soul in the street but himself. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

George Gissing An unconsciously reared edifice of hope collapsed about him, laid waste his life, left him standing in desolate revolt against fate. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He hesitated to pronounce the words which, like a whirlwind, would overturn the fragile edifice of this young girl’s happiness. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

That was a whet to their curiosity, of course; but, over and above it, they seemed to be watching, with bated breath, for the final collapse of an edifice that was bound to fall. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Edith Wharton It was as if the laboriously built-up edifice of the simple life at Cedarledge had already crumbled into dust at a kick of Lita’s little foot. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

John Lewis Burckhard There are no traces of any large edifice on the north side; but on the southern mountain there is an exten­sive building, the lower part of which is of stone, and the upper part of earth. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

E. Phillips Oppenheim Before him was the wing of the great edifice in which the tragedy had taken place. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The central object in the mirrored picture was an edifice of humble architecture with neither steeple nor bell to proclaim it — what, nevertheless, it was — the house of prayer. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

It was as if an edifice that he had been toilfully raising, stone by stone, had begun to crumble under his hands. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The same as a heavy hammer, they smashed into a thousand fragments the fragile edifice of his hopes. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

John Galsworthy He saw the doubted Turner being sold at Jobson’s, and all the majestic edifice of property in rags. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

The twilight had thickened to dusk, and the edifice was brilliantly lighted with electrics, story above story, which streamed into the gloom around like the lights of saloon and state-room. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

The house is built but of logs; the late proprietor had commenced, upon a rising ground, a mile distant, a more imposing edifice of stone, but it is not half finished. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

As the service proceeded, his demeanour was most reverent and attentive, and no one there in that sacred edifice would have dreamed the evil life he had lived and how wicked his real thoughts were. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Anthony Trollope Behind the main edifice there stood, each apart, various buildings, forming an irregular quadrangle. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe The edifice invited curiosity, and the shades repose — La Luc and his party advanced. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Abraham Merri Only one swift glance I gave them, my eyes held by a most extraordinary — edificealtarmachine — I could not find the word for it — then. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Sir Richard Burton Thereupon he fell to rubbing his eyes and opening them their widest and considering the scene, and he soon was certified that the new edifice was mighty fine, and grand enough to bewilder the wits. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

The two did not work in very well together, however, and the edifice was far from stable. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Virginia Woolf A tree or a brute stone is more respectable as such, than a mortal called an archbishop, or an edifice called a church, which are the puny and perishable productions of men. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Benjamin Disraeli Indeed there was scarcely a chamber in this vast edifice of which the walls were not breathing with English history in this interesting form. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arnold Bennett The works existed, but it looked rather like other new buildings, and not very much like the edifice he had dreamed. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Ivan Turgenev In the very middle of an astoundingly dirty square rises a diminutive yellowish edifice with black holes in it, and in these holes sit men in big caps making a pretence of buying and selling. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Dickens In the roaring and raging of the conflagration, a red-hot wind, driving straight from the infernal regions, seemed to be blowing the edifice away. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Borrow Whilst we walked about the aisles, the evening sun, pouring its mellow rays through the arched windows, illumined some beautiful paintings of Murillo, with which the sacred edifice is adorned. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In these, the splendor of the entire edifice is intensified and gathered to a focus. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Henry James He surveyed the edifice from the outside and admired it greatly; he looked in at the windows and received an impression of proportions equally fair. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Borrow The edifice was large, and apparently deserted. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Mark Twain This gives the edifice the romantic appearance of having been riddled with cannon-balls, and imparts to it a very warlike aspect. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells And now it seemed to Stella as if the whole edifice of her freedom was shattered. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As the sacred edifice was too much thronged to admit another auditor, she took up her position close beside the scaffold of the pillory. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

The church was a little primitive edifice near the sands. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Ann Radcliffe It had frequently occurred to La Motte, that this apparently forsaken edifice might be a place of refuge to banditti. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

H. G. Wells I jarred with an edifice of preconceptions when I scoffed and scolded at these assumptions. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

I presume that it was meant to keep the hotels in countenance; for a journal on the old scale could not expect to make itself visible in an edifice that offered accommodations to an army. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Washington Irving The tower is of massive strength, domineering over the whole edifice and overhanging the steep hillside. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

G. K. Chesterton But when this edifice falls England will fall, and the world will shake with the shock of doom. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Washington Irving The spaciousness and gloom of this vast edifice produce a profound and mysterious awe. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Charles Dickens I had been to explore another church at a distance, and happened to pass the church they frequented, at about two of the afternoon when that edifice was closed. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Borrow It is a strong heavy edifice of stone, with round towers, and, though deserted, appears to be still in a tolerable state of preservation. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

John Lewis Burckhard Continuing along the street I entered, on the left, an edifice with four rows of arches, built with very low pillars in the ugly style already described. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The house wasn’t bad of its kind, a pseudo-Georgian edifice of red brick with stone facings, and its six acres or so of ground had been shaped into a most elaborate garden. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Thomas Hardy Even the interior of the sacred edifice was affected by the agitation of the times. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Newgate, the best edifice of any; so called from being new built, whereas before it was named Chamberlain gate. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

Washington Irving Much of the oriental edifice intended for the winter season was demolished to make way for this massive pile. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Ann Radcliffe The edifice was built with Gothic magnificence upon a high and dangerous rock. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Arthur Conan Doyle There it was sure enough, a stern-looking edifice of gray stone with a large number of small, glimmering windows. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

With great ceremony, in accordance with a memorandum drawn up by the Prince for the occasion, the foundation-stone of the new edifice was laid, and by 1855 it was habitable. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

An edifice of your own making. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells Upon such quicksands rose an edifice that aped the securities of material science, developed a technical jargon and professed the discovery of “laws. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

John Galsworthy The place was an ‘artifact,’ designed, so far as a Regency edifice could be, to reproduce such a ‘coffee house’ as Boswell and Johnson might have frequented. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling Whereat the child took heart and fell to tracing the ground-plan of an edifice which was to eclipse the marigold-polo-ball creation. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Olaf Stapledon The whole intellectual edifice of Buddhism, they said, was an attempt, sometimes sound sometimes false, to elucidate this inarticulate discovery. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

John Lewis Burckhard The mosque is a square solid-built edifice of small dimensions. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

William Makepeace Thackeray A rich, tender sunshine is streaming in through the windows, and gilding the stately edifice with the purest light. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

James Anthony Froude It may be that other foundations may be laid hereafter for human conduct on which an edifice can be raised no less fair and beautiful; but no signs of it are as yet apparent. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Jules Verne No; when it is done, it is done for year, and during the twelvemonth they will take every care not to endanger the edifice which I have raised — with what talent I dare not say. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

But Michel had felt humiliated to see his own folk make a gap in the financial edifice erected so laboriously by his wife. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]