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degrade
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degrade
Used in
Wuthering Heights
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  • Now, if it had been Hareton! — Do you know that, twenty times a day, I covet Hareton, with all his degradation?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had listened till he heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him, and then he stayed to hear no further.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • His countenance was much older in expression and decision of feature than Mr. Linton's; it looked intelligent, and retained no marks of former degradation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Because misery and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, YOU, of your own will, did it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Heathcliff bore his degradation pretty well at first, because Cathy taught him what she learnt, and worked or played with him in the fields.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Rise, and don't degrade yourself into an abject reptile — DON'T!' With streaming face and an expression of agony, Linton had thrown his nerveless frame along the ground: he seemed convulsed with exquisite terror.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • His honest, warm, and intelligent nature shook off rapidly the clouds of ignorance and degradation in which it had been bred; and Catherine's sincere commendations acted as a spur to his industry.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He delighted to witness Hindley degrading himself past redemption; and became daily more notable for savage sullenness and ferocity.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • For me, grieved as I was about Catherine, it was impossible to avoid regarding this season of deliverance from degrading oppression as a holiday.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • '"But then," I continued, holding myself ready to flee, "if poor Catherine had trusted you, and assumed the ridiculous, contemptible, degrading title of Mrs. Heathcliff, she would soon have presented a similar picture! SHE wouldn't have borne your abominable behaviour quietly: her detestation and disgust must have found voice."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her! Well, Hareton's aspect was the ghost of my immortal love; of my wild endeavours to hold my right; my degradation, my pride, my happiness, and my anguish — 'But it is frenzy to repeat these thoughts to you: only it will let you know why, with a reluctance to be always alone, his society is no benefit; rather an aggravation of the constant torment I suffer: and it partly contributes to…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Leaving aside the degradation of an alliance with a nameless man, and the possible fact that his property, in default of heirs male, might pass into such a one's power, he had sense to comprehend Heathcliff's disposition: to know that, though his exterior was altered, his mind was unchangeable and unchanged.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'I've been so far forbearing with you, sir,' he said quietly; 'not that I was ignorant of your miserable, degraded character, but I felt you were only partly responsible for that; and Catherine wishing to keep up your acquaintance, I acquiesced — foolishly.  (not reviewed by editor)

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