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  • She has abrogated her responsibility as a mother.
  • The existence of a democratic society governed by the rule of law implies a lack of unanimity on almost every aspect of the public agenda. Compromise on public issues is the price of civilization, not an abrogation of principle.
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • Simply put, people abrogated their equality when they were unable to speak to each other in human terms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Political opposition, thereby, is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized intercourse.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • The snow was coming, and when it did, any prior options he had would be abrogated.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • She reestablished Sunday masses, suspended the use of red armbands, and abrogated the harebrained decrees.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Then sweat, heat, mirage, all, rushes fused into a finality which abrogates all logic and justification and obliterates it like fire would: I will not! I will not!
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • And again the archdeacon had protested, objecting that the ordinance of the legate, which dated back to 1207, was anterior by a hundred and twenty-seven years to the Black Book, and consequently was abrogated in fact by it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Besides, when the Soveraign commandeth any thing to be done against his own former Law, the Command, as to that particular fact, is an abrogation of the Law.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The man had abrogated a simple agreement.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun

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  • I seldom lose my temper; much more seldom indulge in dangerous indignation at wrongs and outrages; but I must be permitted to be rash here and declare, that I consider the sudden and violent abrogation of the office of Master in Chancery, by the new Constitution, as a—premature act; inasmuch as I had counted upon a life-lease of the profits, whereas I only received those of a few short years.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Lamar hoped to make the North realize that the abrogation of the Constitutional guarantees of the people of the South must inevitably affect the liberties of the people of the North.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Let him not rashly revive laws that are abrogated by disuse, especially if they have been long forgotten and never wanted.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Its abrogation would have crippled the indispensable fleet, one wholly under canvas, no steam-power, its innumerable sails and thousands of cannon, everything in short, worked by muscle alone; a fleet the more insatiate in demand for men, because then multiplying its ships of all grades against contingencies present and to come of the convulsed Continent.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • There were strict laws protecting card privacy but laws had a bad habit of being ignored or abrogated when societal push came to totalitarian shove.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Where an old Englishman ghost, sickled to a tree, was abrogated by a pair of two-egg twins—a Mobile Republic with a Puff who had planted a Marxist flag in the earth beside him.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Because there is something in the touch of flesh with flesh which abrogates, cuts sharp and straight across the devious intricate channels of decorous ordering, which enemies as well as lovers know because it makes them both: —touch and touch of that which is the citadel of the central I-Am’s private own: not spirit, soul; the liquorish and ungirdled mind is anyone’s to take in any darkened hallway of this earthly tenement.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Perge, good Master Holofernes, perge; so it shall please you to abrogate scurrility.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • I declare it vicious—null—abrogated.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • And what is the cause of the enervation and apathy that arise when the rules of life are not abrogated from time to time?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Although the Americans are constantly modifying or abrogating some of their laws, they by no means display revolutionary passions.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • With his sovereign power he will abrogate The contract by which you gave away your estate, And finally he pardons that secret offense Which you once committed through benevolence.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • In a matter of days, Congress abrogated the French-American treaties of 1778, created a permanent Marine Corps, passed the Sedition Act, and approved the nomination of Washington as supreme commander.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Suppose, again, that upon the pretense of an interference with its revenues, it should undertake to abrogate a landtax imposed by the authority of a State; would it not be equally evident that this was an invasion of that concurrent jurisdiction in respect to this species of tax, which its Constitution plainly supposes to exist in the State governments?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • And also exactly what would be complained of in all the literature which is great enough and old enough to have attained canonical rank, officially or unofficially, were it not that books are admitted to the canon by a compact which confesses their greatness in consideration of abrogating their meaning; so that the reverend rector can agree with the prophet Micah as to his inspired style without being committed to any complicity in Micah’s furiously Radical opinions.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The first few days at home after a change of scene are likewise experienced in a new, broad, more youthful fashion—but only a very few, for we are quicker to grow accustomed to the old rules than to their abrogation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "An abrogated text," said the advocate extraordinary of the king.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • For the same reason, none can abrogate a Law made, but the Soveraign; because a Law is not abrogated, but by another Law, that forbiddeth it to be put in execution.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For the same reason, none can abrogate a Law made, but the Soveraign; because a Law is not abrogated, but by another Law, that forbiddeth it to be put in execution.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For such of them as were not abrogated by the Emperours, remained Lawes by the Authority Imperiall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Not Fundamentall is that the abrogating whereof, draweth not with it the dissolution of the Common-Wealth; such as are the Lawes Concerning Controversies between subject and subject.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • With our very own eyes, we have witnessed a hieratic death-defying leap—and if that is a contradiction in terms, then Herr Naphta has ’temporarily abrogated’ it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It is true, that Soveraigns are all subjects to the Lawes of Nature; because such lawes be Divine, and cannot by any man, or Common-wealth be abrogated.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • These were Lawes, at first, by the vertue of the Soveraign Power residing in the people; and such of them as by the Emperours were not abrogated, remained Lawes by the Authority Imperiall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For to say all the people of a Common-wealth, have Liberty in any case whatsoever; is to say, that in such case, there hath been no Law made; or else having been made, is now abrogated.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But if the kingdom is to come, the dualism between good and evil, between this world and the next, between power and the Spirit, must be temporarily abrogated and transformed in a principle that unites asceticism and dominion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The point of the dictatorship of the proletariat, the political-economic demand for salvation in our time, is not dominion for its own sake and for all eternity, but only a temporary abrogation of the polarities of mind and Spirit under the sign of the cross.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • As though somehow the very fact that he should be so consistently supplied with them elevates him somehow above the petty human hopes and desires which they abrogate and negative.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • In truth, in the recent past of which we speak, there had been a total abrogation of every emotional bond between him and the flatlands.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Time, although the subjective experience of it may be weakened or even abrogated, is an objective reality to the extent that it is active and "brings forth."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • For years it had been argued that Southern Democrats would seek to abrogate the obligations that the United States Government had incurred during the Civil War and for which the South felt no responsibility.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And as he was pulled back into the then and there, time and space were abrogated—so intensely, so totally, that one might have thought a lifeless body lay there on the bench beside the torrent, while the real Hans Castorp was moving about in an earlier time, in different surroundings, confronted by a situation that, for all its simplicity, he found both fraught with risk and filled with intoxication.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Because he indirectly subserves the purpose attested by the cannon; because too he lends the sanction of the religion of the meek to that which practically is the abrogation of everything but brute Force.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The Nazis, as Rubenstein points out, were the first slaveholders to fully abrogate any lingering humane sentiments regarding the essence of life itself; they were the first who "were able to turn human beings into instruments wholly responsive to their will even when told to lie down in their own graves and be shot."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Because the men of democracies appear always excited, uncertain, eager, changeable in their wills and in their positions, it is imagined that they are suddenly to abrogate their laws, to adopt new opinions, and to assume new manners.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Though a law, therefore, laying a tax for the use of the United States would be supreme in its nature, and could not legally be opposed or controlled, yet a law for abrogating or preventing the collection of a tax laid by the authority of the State, (unless upon imports and exports), would not be the supreme law of the land, but a usurpation of power not granted by the Constitution.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Odd, considering that Margaret Kochamma didn’t know that it was Estha—Stirring Wizard with a Puff—who had rowed jam and thought Two Thoughts, Estha who had broken rules and rowed Sophie Mol and Rahel across the river in the afternoons in a little boat, Estha who had abrogated a sickled smell by waving a Marxist flag at it.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …infer time, a space the getting across which did indicate something of leisureliness since time is longer than any distance, while the other, the getting from the fields into the barricaded house, seemed to have occurred with a sort of violent abrogation which must have been almost as short as his telling about it—a very condensation of time which was the gauge of its own violence, and he telling it in that pleasant faintly forensic anecdotal manner apparently just as he remembered it,…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …diamonds, and delightfully searing your face and the back of your neck—two or three such days over the course of so many weeks were not enough to help the mood of people whose fate justified their making extraordinary demands in the way of consolation and who presumed that in return for having renounced the joys and torments of flatland humanity, they had signed on for an easy and enjoyable, if rather lifeless life—on perfectly favorable terms, until time itself was abrogated.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It hath sovereign and uncontrollable authority in the making, confirming, enlarging, restraining, abrogating, repealing, reviving, and expounding of laws, concerning matters of all possible denominations; ecclesiastical or temporal; civil, military, maritime, or criminal; this being the place where that absolute despotic power which must, in all governments, reside somewhere, is intrusted by the constitution of these kingdoms.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
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