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sanction
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • He must have been an extreme milksop not to say angrily, "Look there, now!" especially when his resentment was sanctioned, as it was, by general disapprobation of Maggie’s behavior.
  • A method of education sanctioned by the long practice of our venerable ancestors was not to give way before the exceptional dulness of a boy who was merely living at the time then present.

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  • It would have been much clearer if the lawyer’s son had not been deformed, for then Tom would have had the prospect of pitching into him with all that freedom which is derived from a high moral sanction.
  • Sutton didn’t die without making her will, though," said Mr. Pullet, with a confused sense that he was saying something to sanction his wife’s tears; "ours is a rich parish, but they say there’s nobody else to leave as many thousands behind ’cause as Mrs. Sutton.
  • She had become almost indifferent to her mother’s habitual depreciation of her, but she was keenly alive to any sanction of it, however passive, that she might suspect in Tom.
  • But I will sanction no such character as yours; the world shall know that I feel the difference between right and wrong.
  • This new sense of her relation to Philip nullified the anxious scruples she would otherwise have felt, lest she should overstep the limit of intercourse with him that Tom would sanction; and she put out her hand to him, and felt the tears in her eyes without any consciousness of an inward check.
  • Other feelings added their force to produce Tom’s bitter repugnance to Philip, and to Maggie’s union with him; and notwithstanding Lucy’s power over her strong-willed cousin, she got nothing but a cold refusal ever to sanction such a marriage; "but of course Maggie could do as she liked,—she had declared her determination to be independent.

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as in: sanctions against them Define
formal penalty
as in: cannot sanction such behavior Define
formal approval
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