Phrases with "latent"

Olaf Stapledon Rather we must suppose that it is always a latent capacity in the mechanical units, but a capacity which cannot manifest itself save when they occur in certain complex relations with one another. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could not have imagined that such imperturbable calm and at the same time such a consciousness of latent strength could have been expressed by any human face. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

I think it possible that she might be influenced by anybody in whom the hypnotic power was either latent or developed. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Walter Scott There was probably another reason latent in her affectionate bosom. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Cruelty may remain latent till, by some accident. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Wilkie Collins What was left of latent sadness in her face, and of significant quietness in her manner, remained gently and harmlessly — remained rather to show what had been once than what was now. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell In the first place, the decorous, kind-hearted, simple, old-fashioned gentleman, had unconsciously called out, by his own refinement and courteousness of manner, all the latent courtesy in the other. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Her large brown eyes, such as are called hazel, full of tenderness and sweetness, possessed within their depths an expression and a latent fire, which stirred the heart. Lodore by Mary Shelley

He had never before been called on to exert either thought or action; the necessity for both called many latent qualities in him into play. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Ann Radcliffe The struggles of latent tenderness and assumed indifference, banished tranquillity from the bosom of Mary, and pierced it with many sorrows. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Henry Handel Richardson Without doubt, it was the eyes that supplied life to the face: only when they were open, and the lips parted over the strong teeth, was it possible to realise how intense a vitality was latent in her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Algernon Blackwood Some latent power breathed through the great stalwart figure by his side; the strength was not his own; LeVallon emanated this power unconsciously. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell His eyes were generally merry-looking, but at times they and his mouth so suddenly changed, and gave her such an idea of latent passion, that it almost made her afraid. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Edith Wharton The words roused in Anna a latent impulse of compunction. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Sigmund Freud These drawings clearly showed the distinction between the manifest and the latent meaning of the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

A life of idleness might develop Mrs. Woolper’s latent propensity for gossip — and gossip is what I want to avoid. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

John Locke What we once know, we are certain is so: and we may be secure, that there are no latent proofs undiscovered, which may overturn our knowledge, or bring it in doubt. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Arnold Bennett It presented itself to her, in some mysterious way, as a romantic visage, wistful, full of sad subtleties, of the unknown and the seductive, and of a latent benevolence. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Algernon Blackwood Yet it was neither common heat I felt nor common flame I pictured, but rather a touch of that primordial and ethereal fire which dwells at the heart of all manifested life — latent heat. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edith Wharton Then he remembered the passionate generosity latent under that incurious calm. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Composed of a few well-chosen books, poetical, historical, and narrative, it was of itself sufficient to account for the evidences of latent culture observable in Mrs. Belden’s conversation. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson I had been but a latent emigrant; now I was to be branded once more, and put apart with my fellows. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Victor Hugo A latent giant! how wonderful! A minnow in which is contained a hydra. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. P. Lovecraf With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Anatole France For I have against you a latent feeling of hatred and anger. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Miles Franklin My latent womanliness arose and pointed this out so plainly that I seized my pen and wrote: DEAR HAROLD, I will not get a chance of speaking to you in the morning, so write. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H. G. Wells She spoke with a mingling of hostility and latent proprietorship in her manner. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Maria Edgeworth Suspecting this partiality, and imagining a latent jealousy, Ormond did not quite like to consult his guardian about his own sentiments and proceedings. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells She tried to be very simple and earnest about Mr. Sempack and his views, but when she told of him and Lady Catherine, the humourist and novelist latent in every intelligent woman, found release. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Wilkie Collins Would you believe there was latent intelligence, affection, pride, fidelity, in such a half-developed being as this?” I was really ashamed to answer him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Guy de Maupassan All his idiot’s cunning, which had been lying latent up till then, because he never had any occasion to make use of it, now came out and urged him to a solitary and dark action. Mademoiselle by Guy de Maupassan

A thrill of hope went through him that his brother might have lingering conscience, latent love enough, to have made him refuse to obey the bidding to leave Africa. He rose and leaned out. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Rudyard Kipling We will, with your good leave — granted, I trust, Master Rattray, granted, I trust — study this — this scabrous upheaval of latent demoralization. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope There is not a page in Sterne’s writing but has something that were better away, a latent corruption — a hint as of an impure presence. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Thomas Hardy It seemed as though the second draught had not only operated with its own strength, but had kindled into power the latent forces of the first. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was warm, with a latent shiver in the air that made the warmth only the more welcome. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Through all his blinking and winking, I could see a latent expression of cunning and curiosity in his eyes. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He knew now why Ben Davis had hated with so deadly a hatred the latent strength that slept under the Quietist languor and nonchalance of “the d —— d Guards’ swell. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Surprise was natural to such girlish inexperience; and after surprise had passed away, more tender feelings might arise, a latent tenderness unsuspected hitherto. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Theodore Dreiser There is a sort of municipal pride latent in the bosoms of most members of a really thriving community which often comes to the surface under the most trying circumstances. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson This had been staved off; but there was also, it seemed, a latent weakness of the chest, hitherto unsuspected, which kept them anxious. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Oliver Goldsmith All Saturday morning I could perceive, in consequence of this, my wife and daughters in close conference together, and now and then glancing at me with looks that betrayed a latent plot. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Algernon Blackwood The latent heat of inanimate Nature emerged, not rebellious but triumphant. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing The sight of Irene’s successful lover made active in him what had for years been only a latent passion. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was a gleam of latent mischief — not to call it deviltry — in Zenobia’s eye, which seemed to indicate a slightly malicious purpose in the arrangement. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

It stood on Tommy’s desk, provocative in its suggestion of latent power, in the infinite promise of its silent presence. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Thomas Hardy The latent reason of his lingering here so long revealed itself when the faint creaking of the joints of a vehicle became audible, and one of the men said, “Here’s he. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne I ventured to whisper “Utopia,” which, however, was unanimously scouted down, and the proposer very harshly maltreated, as if he had intended a latent satire. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

If it is thus even with ordinary minds, how much more with Saville, with all energy which was his characteristic, and the latent fire of love burning in his heart. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells Before the last war began it was a matter of common knowledge that a man could carry about in a handbag an amount of latent energy sufficient to wreck half a city. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Nellie Bly The many stories I had read of abuses in such institutions I had regarded as wildly exaggerated or else romances, yet there was a latent desire to know positively. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Edith Wharton Just such a latent animation glowed in Anna Leath. In every nerve and vein she was conscious of that equipoise of bliss which the fearful human heart scarce dares acknowledge. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Henry James She turned quickly away from the window and saw Ralph Touchett standing there with his hands still in his pockets, but with a face absolutely void of its usual latent smile. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

All these results may be secured by a simple expedient, which will have the effect of converting competition from an active into a latent force to be brought into play or held in reserve. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Charles Dickens I had supposed that it must be latent in the people somewhere; but, I had never seen it break out, until I saw it in the dying boy. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

This, on being handled by metal folk, quickly displayed that powerful and strong attraction for iron, a virtue not latent and obscure, but easily proved by all, and highly praised and commended. On the Magnet by William Gilber

D. H. Lawrence It was a clear morning, as when the latent life of the world begins to vibrate afresh in the air. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Abruptly she abandoned the defensive and blurted out the thing that had been latent so long between them. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The low ceiling, the unplastered walls, the naked woodwork and the undraperied pulpit offered nothing to excite the devotion which without such external aids often remains latent in the heart. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells He had a sense of latent absurdities in these tremendous attitudes. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H. P. Lovecraft At last the figure spoke in a rumbling voice that chilled me through with its dull hollowness and latent malevolence. The Alchemist by H. P. Lovecraft [1908]

H. G. Wells Luck and some latent quality in my composition made me a fairly successful soldier. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. G. Wells He had always felt the latent explosives in Rud’s composition, and here at last, thank the gods, they were exploding! “You mean get the boys together?” “I mean get them together now. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Being ruled by kings of the Abyssinian type, there is no doubt but that they have a latent Christianity in them. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

She yearned to get well, though a latent impression lay within her that she should not do so. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

H.P. Lovecraft Upon retiring, he had had an unprecedented dream of great Cyclopean cities of Titan blocks and sky-flung monoliths, all dripping with green ooze and sinister with latent horror. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Her idol, to whom her whole soul was devoted, was passing from her, and no one pitied her; while the latent consciousness of disobedience debarred her from gaining solace from the only true source. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Henry James The Princess recognised both the shrewdness and the latent audacity as she rejoined, “To do anything with you would be very safe. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton It is less mortifying to believe one’s self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Washington Irving There is not a calumny dropped from English pen, nor an unworthy sarcasm uttered by an English statesman, that does not go to blight good-will, and add to the mass of latent resentment. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Hence, besides the expression of Christian humility, in thus nakedly exhibiting the wrecks and ruins made by sin, there is also a latent profession indicated of Christian hope. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

William Makepeace Thackeray She is hallowed, sir, by her misfortunes as by her genius; and I am proud to think that my instructions have been the means of developing the wondrous qualities that were latent within her until now. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Wilkie Collins His smile is rare and sweet; his manner, perfectly quiet and retiring, has yet a latent persuasiveness in it which is (to women) irresistibly winning. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Edmund Burke Many of our men of speculation, instead of exploding general prejudices, employ their sagacity to discover the latent wisdom which prevails in them. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Whether there were latent faculties in him that might have developed with training, it is impossible to affirm or deny; however, we may be forgiven the doubt. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Even so, it was the latent fear in her life that paralysed initiative; she could respond but she could not act. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Victor Hugo What latent meaning have they? What do they signify? What do they threaten? What do they implore? It would seem as though all bonds were loosened. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells He had been chosen for this task because he was himself an Italian, and so, it was thought, less likely to exacerbate any latent nationalist feeling. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Adams The famous story of Pocahontas roused his latent New England scepticism. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Like soldiering, it lies always latent in human nature. Memories and Studies by William James

Algernon Blackwood Colonel Wragge moved his feet farther apart, and squared his shoulders; and I felt guilty but said nothing, conscious that my latent store of courage was being deliberately hauled to the front. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells The spirit of denunciation, latent in every human society, was aroused and let loose against me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence Then that vivid, latent spark in his eye, which she had seen, and which she knew he was aware she had seen. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Charles Dickens Things having come to this pass, and showing no latent signs of stirring beyond it, the upshot of Mr. Bounderby’s investigations was, that he resolved to hazard a bold burst. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

H. G. Wells There is our Prince. He is in me, he is in you; he is latent in all mankind. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Wilkie Collins The latent resources in the man, for good or for evil — it was hard, at that moment, to say which — leapt up in him and showed themselves to me, with the suddenness of a flash of light. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry James There was an idea that he had nothing particular to complain of, personally, or that if he had he didn’t complain of it – an attitude which perhaps contained the germs of a latent disaffection. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing That money will be used, every penny of it, for the furtherance of our cause!’ It was a magnificent thought, one of those inspirations which reveal latent genius. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

G. K. Chesterton She had a latent sense of the savour of faint horror, lying over all as lightly as the faint moonshine. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Robert Browning A latent misgiving as to his action is intimated in the closing line of the poem. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

The latent suspicion and smouldering animosity died out of his eyes. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Everyone must have noticed the extraordinary powers that are latent in the film — the powers of distortion, of fantasy, in general of escaping the restrictions of the physical world. New Words by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was being cheated of self-pity, he reflected, with a grim little smile forced upon his lips by a latent sense of humour. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The latent heat of an ounce of wood or stone is inexhaustible. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

H. G. Wells The latent energy of coal and the power of steam waited long on the verge of discovery, before they began to influence human lives. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

We should bear in mind that horns are always transmitted through the female, and that she has a latent capacity for their development, as we see in old or diseased females. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins The latent strength of will in him — that reserved resolution, so finely and firmly entwined in the natures of sensitively organized men — was rousing itself to meet the coming trial. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Having thus wrought up his Castilian soul to a high pitch of jealously, he felt quite irresistible, and advanced towards the two ruffians with his poniard deftly latent in his flowing sleeve. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Beyond Wynbring Jimmy knew nothing whatever of the country, and I think he had a latent idea in his mind that there really was nothing beyond it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Meredith Lots of girls have no latent heckles and prickles to match his villany. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins The early religious training, at which she had scoffed in the insolence of health and strength, revealed its latent influence — intermitted, but a living influence always from first to last. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Henry James Bernard saw a latent spark in his friend’s eye that seemed to question his own for an impression of Blanche — to question it eagerly, and yet to deprecate judgment. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

The moral of his story was good, for it showed what an astonishing stimulus to latent talent is contained in any reasonable prospect of being murdered. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

And his manner, voice, and general deportment conveyed suggestions of latent forces, which, to me, were wholly disagreeable. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

I have no doubt that it is latent in you. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

The latent ink rushes into being at the contact of those few drops. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Edith Wharton And she knew him so well that she could detect the latent sympathy behind those measured phrases. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Theodore Dreiser She had some power of initiative, latent before, which now began to exert itself. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

W. W. Jacobs The mate’s latent sense of discipline was roused and he jumped up in a fury. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Henry James The latent preparedness of the American mind even for the most characteristic features of English life was a matter I meanwhile failed to get to the bottom of. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Wilkie Collins Was there some latent importance attaching to his last words which did not appear on the face of them? There was. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

As with men and women, the whole person expressed a latent sensuality, which gave body and face alike their peculiar character. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Henry James Peter talked about family matters; he didn’t know, in his exile, where no one took an interest in them, what a fund of latent curiosity about them he treasured. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Morrison He could but give the woman the best counsel at his command, and do what he might to quicken any latent spark of energy. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

No passive or latent spirit of freethinking was hers—headlong it was, uncompromising, almost fierce, and regarding no restraints of place or season. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

He suspected some latent disease of the spine, but did not wish to say so just yet. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

D. H. Lawrence She was sinking, sinking, his smile of latent gratification was becoming more tense, he was sure of her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He was dressed as quietly as the style of that day would allow, yet in his toilet, there was entire ease and even a latent air of fashion. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Nathaniel Hawthorne It skips at its own pleasure along the line, and, latent for half a century or so, crops out again in a great-grandson. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Wilkie Collins She had roused in him the latent distrust which is a lawyer’s second nature: he had his suspicions of her looks; he had his suspicions of her language. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Algernon Blackwood Some quality, latent till now — so far, at least, as we were concerned, who, after all, knew him but slightly — had stirred into activity and risen to the surface of his being. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

He saw all these things with a lazy apathy, which had no power to recognize their beauty, or to inspire one latent thrill of gratitude to Him who had made them. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

To the last he held the same opinion of his friend’s latent powers. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

With the barb-pigeon, for instance, which very rarely produces a blue bird, it is probable that there is a latent tendency in each generation to produce blue plumage. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon Today the future actuality is nothing whatever but one or other of the infinite host of possibilities now latent in the present. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft I told him why the boy had gone to that shunned, deserted house, and remarked that he ought to be interested, since he believed that windows retained latent images of those who had sat at them. The Unnamable by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Elizabeth Gaskell He saw the latent sweep of her mind, which could easily (he thought) be led to embrace all the objects on which he had set his heart. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Robert Green Ingersoll Five on the form, density, latent heat, and magnetic power of the earth, and to the polar light. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

In his presence, or as he passes by, all the latent evil in men’s souls comes to the surface. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Henry James He elicited the latent Gallicism of his nature, and by the time he was twenty Hyacinth, who had completely assimilated his influence, regarded him with a mixture of veneration and amusement. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton The only sign she gave of a latent embarrassment was in her too great ease, her too blithe determination to deny it. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Edith Wharton It was not necessary for Rose Sellars to formulate objections; they were latent everywhere in her delicate person, in the movements of her slim apprehensive fingers, the guarded stir of her lashes. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Eliot But the determination was kept latent in these first moments by the heart-crushing sense that now at last she and Tito must be confessedly divided in their wishes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

There always seems to be a sadness connected with it—a sort of latent conviction that he will never be found. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

There is latent insanity! Insanity which might never appear; or which might appear only once or twice in a lifetime. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins His harmless vanity, always, as I suspect, a latent quality in his kindly nature, had already restored his confidence. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Hester had only put into words a latent conviction of her own which troubled her. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Gissing That is to say, we must draw evidence of our faith from its latent capacities, its unsuspected affinities, its previsions, its adaptability, comprehensiveness, sympathy, adequacy to human needs. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Could you have expected anything else? You told me you were afraid she was a latent coquette. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Poor dear Mr. Kirkpatrick was consumptive, and Cynthia may have inherited it, and a great sorrow might bring out the latent seeds. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

But the conscience is a latent faculty, and here comes in the teacher’s most delicate and important work. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Edith Wharton It was as if all the latent beauty of things had been unveiled to her. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

H. G. Wells I found no warning in it of the antagonisms latent between us. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Edith Wharton He began to fancy there was a latent rancour, a kind of baffled sneer, under Vyse’s manner; and he decided to return to the practice of having his mail brought straight to his room. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Suddenly he drew himself erect, and a gleam shot from his eyes that, for the first time, revealed him as a man of latent pluck and courage. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

In point of fact, his grandmother, before sending him to bed, was wont to read some martial stories aloud so as to develop the latent family heroism in his bosom. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Henry James He believes in that, as he believes in all the rest of it — in my culture, my latent talents, my underlying “earnestness,” my sense of beauty and love of truth. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

A man whose first thought is bestial indulgence could neither think clearly nor plan methodically; he could not find and develop his latent resources, and would fail in any undertaking. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Meanwhile, its possession did give her a curious sense of latent power . What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle The latent powers of the human incarnate spirit may be so wonderful that they may extend to regions which seem at present to be quite beyond their scope. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Edith Wharton It was as though a latent presence had suddenly become visible to both. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Olaf Stapledon Or perhaps (for how can we know?) not even latent in the present, but utterly unique and indeterminate. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

He soon conquered my latent distaste; I endeavoured to watch him and Perdita, and to keep in mind every thing I had heard to his disadvantage. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Francis Bacon Hence it is manifest that the form of coition is something which is lively and strong in the magnet, feeble and latent in iron. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Olaf Stapledon Thus the environment would tend to evoke whatever latent capacity there was for gregarious behaviour and herd-mentality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton And so I ventured to say that I knew a very clever sculptor — well, I do believe Caspar has talent — latent talent, you know — and at any rate a job of that sort would be a big lift for him. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Francis Bacon Substances once hot, as horse dung from animal heat, and lime or perhaps ashes and soot from fire, retain some latent remains of their former heat. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

George Gissing This duty discharged, he spoke of the house he had taken; his voice grew animated; at length the latent smile stole out through his eyes and spread to his lips. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Mr Verloc felt the latent unfriendliness of all out of doors with a force approaching to positive bodily anguish. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Out of the exquisite face, with its mysterious foreshadowing of latent emotion, looked the grave inscrutable eyes of a child. The Pitfall by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Willa Cather Young and old, however hideous, however fair, they yielded up their heat — whether quick or latent — sat hungering for the mystic bread wherewith he fed them at this eucharist of sentiment. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Sigmund Freud We develop the solution of the dream from this latent content, and not from the manifest dream-content. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then all the latent Vashti in Margaret was roused, and she could hardly keep herself from expressing her feelings. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

D. H. Lawrence But he was patiently working for her relaxation, patiently, his whole being fixed in the smile of latent gratification, his whole body electric with a subtle, powerful, reducing force upon her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell His features were strongly marked, though not irregular, and their expression was extreme earnestness; resolute either for good or evil, a sort of latent stern enthusiasm. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

The latent forces of the Empire gradually asserted themselves. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Olaf Stapledon In a very fragmentary manner we retain much of our past experience as a system of latent memories. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Ivan Turgenev If there is another feeling latent within me, let it remain hidden under a bushel for the time. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Victor Hugo A hand is thrust out of the mist, and suddenly hands us the mysterious cup in which is contained the latent intoxication. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Benjamin Disraeli Circumstances have only developed his latent predisposition. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Thomas Hardy Her feelings just now were so far from latent that the writing on the wall had thus quickened her to an unusual rashness. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins His latent power and resolution began to show themselves darkly in his face. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Thomas Wolfe It was an ugliness which somehow, no matter what extravagances of gesture, tone, and manner McHarg indulged in, never lost its quality of enormous, latent dignity. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Sigmund Freud After the dream has so long been fused with its manifest content, one must now guard against confusing it with the latent dream-thoughts. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

They met Celia’s; and there was something latent in their brown depths which prompted him, after a brief dalliance of interchanging glances, to look again at the swings. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

In the curious scene at Lord Warwick’s, under the cover of jealousy and wounded affection, a suppressed distrust, almost a latent hostility, had, for a moment, come to the surface. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

John Galsworthy And a sort of grudging fairness, latent in Soames’ nature, applauded slightly. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

There was a lot of latent devotion to Davidson’s wife hereabouts, at that time, I can tell you. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

He was a middle-aged man, ponderous and slow of motion, with a latent pomposity, which he rendered as agreeable as possible by the urbanity of his manners. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Ever since the end of the nineteenth century, the problem of what to do with the surplus of consumption goods has been latent in industrial society. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing Yet with her cousin she was reserved; her behaviour did not bear out the evidence of latent tenderness and admiration contained in that letter of hers which we saw. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton The desire for change had for some time been latent in him, and his meeting with Mrs. Leath the previous spring had given it a definite direction. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

We must bear in mind, as shewn in the preliminary chapter on sexual selection, that characters which are limited in their development to one sex are always latent in the other. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edgar Rice Burroughs I had never guessed what latent speed possibilities the old gentleman possessed. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

The scab may not be apparent, but it may break out after having been a month or two in a latent state. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Francis Bacon It will be time to treat of these when we come to the latent processes and latent configurations, and the discovery of them, as they are found in what are called substances or natures concrete. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

All the while there was latent in him the talent, and the ambition, which might have enabled him to surpass all his contemporaries. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

There was the latent gentleman about him, and the sense of honor, and no little of the pride, of a young man of good family. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Thomas Hardy He felt that, single-minded and self-sacrificing as his parents were, there yet existed certain latent prejudices of theirs, as middle-class people, which it would require some tact to overcome. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Sigmund Freud They look for the essence of the dream in this latent content, and thereby overlook the distinction between latent dream-thoughts and the dream-work. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Algernon Blackwood For this terrific release of force long held back, long stored up, latent for centuries, came pouring down the empty Wadi bed prepared for its reception. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Edith Wharton He tried to explain to himself what it was that kept him thus awestruck and submissive, as if there were a latent majesty in her sweetness. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James She looked a good deal older, but her eye was as bright as ever and her head as erect; her thin lips seemed a repository of latent meanings. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins The outcry raised against the dance, by persons ski lled in the discovery of latent impropriety, had not yet lost its influence in certain quarters. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

E. F. Benson The latent hostility was all gone; here was a friend who should be told what he was missing. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Jules Verne His face was more clouded than usual, and his knitted brow gave signs of latent wrath which was waiting for an occasion to break forth. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]