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prevail
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The House of Mirth
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prevail
Used in
The House of Mirth
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  • To the honour of her sex, however, hatred of Lily prevailed over more personal considerations.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The cares of a large party always prevailed over personal feelings, and Lily saw no change in her hostess's manner.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But the disgust prevailed—all her instinctive resistances, of taste, of training, of blind inherited scruples, rose against the other feeling.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The baby, feeling herself detached from her habitual anchorage, made an instinctive motion of resistance; but the soothing influences of digestion prevailed, and Lily felt the soft weight sink trustfully against her breast.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Mrs. Bry, who had a tendency to grow red and stertorous after luncheon, had been judiciously prevailed upon by Carry Fisher to withdraw to her hotel for an hour's repose; and Selden and his companion were thus left to a stroll propitious to confidences.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Lily, to whom family reunions were occasions of unalloyed dulness, had persuaded her aunt that a dinner of "smart" people would be much more to the taste of the young couple, and Mrs. Peniston, who leaned helplessly on her niece in social matters, had been prevailed upon to pronounce Grace's exile.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …Fisher, to whom they had entrusted the conduct of the affair, had decided that TABLEAUX VIVANTS and expensive music were the two baits most likely to attract the desired prey, and after prolonged negotiations, and the kind of wire-pulling in which she was known to excel, she had induced a dozen fashionable women to exhibit themselves in a series of pictures which, by a farther miracle of persuasion, the distinguished portrait painter, Paul Morpeth, had been prevailed upon to organize.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: reason will prevail
as in: she prevailed upon him
as in: prevailing attitude
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