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passive
used in Ulysses by James Joyce

5 uses
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Definition accepting what happens without trying to take control or reacting strongly
  • This would be tantamount to a cooperation (one of nature's favourite devices) between the nisus formativus of the nemasperm on the one hand and on the other a happily chosen position, succubitus felix of the passive element.
    Episode 14 -- Oxen Of The Sun (77% in)
  • Because of the surety of the sense of touch in his firm full masculine feminine passive active hand.
    Episode 17 -- Ithaca (13% in)
  • With strain, elevating a candlestick: with pain, feeling on his right temple a contused tumescence: with attention, focussing his gaze on a large dull passive and a slender bright active: with solicitation, bending and downturning the upturned rugfringe: with amusement, remembering Dr Malachi Mulligan's scheme of colour containing the gradation of green: with pleasure, repeating the words and antecedent act and perceiving through various channels of internal sensibility the consequent...
    Episode 17 -- Ithaca (56% in)
  • Of a bodily and mental male organism specially adapted for the superincumbent posture of energetic human copulation and energetic piston and cylinder movement necessary for the complete satisfaction of a constant but not acute concupiscence resident in a bodily and mental female organism, passive but not obtuse.
    Episode 17 -- Ithaca (93% in)
  • ...verb with direct feminine object) from the active voice into its correlative aorist preterite proposition (parsed as feminine subject, auxiliary verb and quasimonosyllabic onomatopoeic past participle with complementary masculine agent) in the passive voice: the continued product of seminators by generation: the continual production of semen by distillation: the futility of triumph or protest or vindication: the inanity of extolled virtue: the lethargy of nescient matter: the apathy of...
    Episode 17 -- Ithaca (96% in)

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