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  • He began dating her on her annual two-week visits home, and although she still moved like a thirteen-year-old boy and abjured most feminine adornment, he found something so intensely feminine about her that he fell in love.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • By earth and stone, I abjure you!
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen," Oscar said.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • THESEUS Either to die the death, or to abjure For ever the society of men.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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  • On receiving this the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fly from the country.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I am waiting from hour to hour for him to come and abjure his evidence.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Say, didst thou too abet This crime, or dost abjure all privity?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • And while I suffer thus, there comes no ray Of hope to gladden me athwart the gloom; Nor do I look for it in my despair; But rather clinging to a cureless woe, All hope do I abjure for evermore.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I swear to you, Monsieur Commissary, that you are in the profoundest error, that I know nothing in the world about what my wife had to do, that I am entirely a stranger to what she has done; and that if she has committed any follies, I renounce her, I abjure her, I curse her!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose To wage against the enmity o’ the air; To be a comrade with the wolf and owl,— Necessity’s sharp pinch!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear

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  • Devilish Macbeth By many of these trains hath sought to win me Into his power; and modest wisdom plucks me From over-credulous haste: but God above Deal between thee and me! for even now I put myself to thy direction, and Unspeak mine own detraction; here abjure The taints and blames I laid upon myself, For strangers to my nature.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Oh, I have been base, cowardly, I tell you; I have abjured my affections, and like all renegades I am of evil omen to those who surround me!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But this rough magic I here abjure; and, when I have requir’d Some heavenly music,—which even now I do,— To work mine end upon their senses that This airy charm is for, I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • I am half resolved to go to the Grand Master, abjure the Order to his very teeth, and refuse to act the brutality which his tyranny has imposed on me.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But that was an abjuration which, as they well knew, they were powerless to extort.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The plain truth is, I have forsworn and abjured the whole business these many years, and my soul is sick of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count That died some twelvemonth since; then leaving her In the protection of his son, her brother, Who shortly also died; for whose dear love, They say, she hath abjured the company And sight of men.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • The protesting minority were forgotten in the throng which abjured and came; and the audience was almost as brilliant as the show.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • In this self-complacent conviction she departed; and the success of her fulfilled resolution was obvious on the morrow: Mr. Linton had not only abjured his peevishness (though his spirits seemed still subdued by Catherine’s exuberance of vivacity), but he ventured no objection to her taking Isabella with her to Wuthering Heights in the afternoon; and she rewarded him with such a summer of sweetness and affection in return as made the house a paradise for several days; both master and…
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Though I made no further observation of her at the moment, I may mention here what I did not discover until afterwards, namely, that she was one of a series of protegees whom my aunt had taken into her service expressly to educate in a renouncement of mankind, and who had generally completed their abjuration by marrying the baker.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • To gaze into the depths of blue of the child’s eyes and pronounce their loveliness a trick of premature cunning was to be guilty of a cynicism in preference to which I naturally preferred to abjure my judgment and, so far as might be, my agitation.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • In presence of this scene after the other there was a natural instinct to abjure man as the blot on an otherwise kindly universe; till it was remembered that all terrestrial conditions were intermittent, and that mankind might some night be innocently sleeping when these quiet objects were raging loud.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • To Master Percy Apjohn at High School in 1880 he had divulged his disbelief in the tenets of the Irish (protestant) church (to which his father Rudolf Virag (later Rudolph Bloom) had been converted from the Israelitic faith and communion in 1865 by the Society for promoting Christianity among the jews) subsequently abjured by him in favour of Roman catholicism at the epoch of and with a view to his matrimony in 1888.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She disappeared, and left me dark; I waked To find her, or for ever to deplore Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure: When out of hope, behold her, not far off, Such as I saw her in my dream, adorned With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow To make her amiable: On she came, Led by her heavenly Maker, though unseen, And guided by his voice; nor uninformed Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites: Grace was in all her steps, Heaven in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • On examining her heart it appeared beyond measure strange that the subject of which the season might have been supposed suggestive—the event in the hall at Boldwood’s—was not agitating her at all; but instead, an agonizing conviction that everybody abjured her—for what she could not tell—and that Oak was the ringleader of the recusants.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …faces or actions or behavior, and so the tale came through the negroes: of how on the night before Christmas there had been a quarrel between, not Bon and Henry or Bon and Sutpen, but between the son and the father and that Henry had formally abjured his father and renounced his birthright and the roof under which he had been born and that he and Bon had ridden away in the night and that the mother was prostratethough, the town believed, not at the upset of the marriage but at the…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Lord Blackwood shall be required to confess his treason and abjure his allegiance to the Starks and Tullys.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Tolstoy was capable of abjuring physical violence and of seeing what this implies, but he was not capable of tolerance or humility, and even if one knew nothing of his other writings, one could deduce his tendency towards spiritual bullying from this single pamphlet.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • No one abjures the exercise of his reason and his free will; but every one exerts that reason and that will for the benefit of a common undertaking.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …but I am also sorry for that poor Huguenot woman, who, in 1685, under Louis the Great, sir, while with a nursing infant, was bound, naked to the waist, to a stake, and the child kept at a distance; her breast swelled with milk and her heart with anguish; the little one, hungry and pale, beheld that breast and cried and agonized; the executioner said to the woman, a mother and a nurse, ’Abjure!’ giving her her choice between the death of her infant and the death of her conscience.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Aye, by heaven, I drop my anger now! No need to smolder in my heart forever! Come, send your long-haired Akhaians into combat, and let me see how Trojans will hold out, if camping near the beachheads their desire! I rather think some will be glad to rest, provided they get home, away from danger, out of my spears range!" These were his words, and all the Akhaians gave a roar of joy to hear the prince abjure his rage.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • —Here, cousin Wilfred of Ivanhoe, in thy favour I renounce and abjure—Hey! by Saint Dunstan, our cousin Wilfred hath vanished!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • ’Now, the best thing you can do, sir, if you’ll allow me to advise you,’ said my aunt, after silently observing him, ’is to abjure that occupation for evermore.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "Madame," replied Villefort, with a mournful smile, "I have already had the honor to observe that my father has—at least, I hope so—abjured his past errors, and that he is, at the present moment, a firm and zealous friend to religion and order—a better royalist, possibly, than his son; for he has to atone for past dereliction, while I have no other impulse than warm, decided preference and conviction."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I couldn’t abjure for merely wanting to, but I could repeat to Mrs. Grose—as I did there, over and over, in the small hours—that with their voices in the air, their pressure on one’s heart, and their fragrant faces against one’s cheek, everything fell to the ground but their incapacity and their beauty.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Tolstoy renounced wealth, fame and privilege; he abjured violence in all its forms and was ready to suffer for doing so; but it is not easy to believe that he abjured the principle of coercion, or at least the DESIRE to coerce others.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • Tolstoy renounced wealth, fame and privilege; he abjured violence in all its forms and was ready to suffer for doing so; but it is not easy to believe that he abjured the principle of coercion, or at least the DESIRE to coerce others.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • In democratic States organized on the principles of the American republics, this is more especially the case, where the authority of the majority is so absolute and so irresistible that a man must give up his rights as a citizen, and almost abjure his quality as a human being, if te intends to stray from the track which it lays down.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …peak of her unreal and weightless life which with the next dawn was to break beneath her and wash her, spent amazed and uncomprehending, into the shuttered room where she died two years later; —the Christmas eve, the explosion, and none to ever know just why or just what happened between Henry and his father and only the cabin-to-cabin whispering of negroes to spread the news that Henry and Bon had ridden away in the dark and that Henry had formally abjured his home and birthright.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, and abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The members of these associations respond to a watchword, like soldiers on duty; they profess the doctrine of passive obedience; say rather, that in uniting together they at once abjure the exercise of their own judgment and free will; and the tyrannical control which these societies exercise is often far more insupportable than the authority possessed over society by the Government which they attack.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • She abjured her beliefs
  • Abjure the Scriptures and his Saviour Christ,
    Marlowe, Christopher  --  The Tragical History of Dr. Faust
  • No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Lear
  • He almost resolved to abjure rook-pies and night-lines for ever.
    Hughes, Thomas  --  Tom Brown’s Schooldays
  • This crime, or dost abjure all privity?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • On receiving this the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fly from the country.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I am waiting from hour to hour for him to come and abjure his evidence.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment
  • The negro of the United States has lost all remembrance of his country; the language which his forefathers spoke is never heard around him; he abjured their religion and forgot their customs when he ceased to belong to Africa, without acquiring any claim to European privileges.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
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