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  • While it may be said that the darker and uglier of these opposing conditions has usually carried the day, there must also be recorded in the name of truth a long chronicle in which decency and honor were at moments able to controvert the absolute dominion of the reigning evil, more often than not against rather large odds, whether in Poznan or Yazoo City.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nobody controverted the prophetic gentleman’s opinion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I have a witness to the fact, whose testimony even you, sir, will scarcely controvert.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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  • The evidence is complete, cannot be controverted.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner, as proved that she was not used to have her judgement controverted.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I did not venture to controvert this opinion, but I made a good supper, which it greatly satisfied her to see me do.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • …and the counter pleadings, being duly heard, the very learned Judge in set terms decided, to wit,—That as for the boat, he awarded it to the plaintiffs, because they had merely abandoned it to save their lives; but that with regard to the controverted whale, harpoons, and line, they belonged to the defendants; the whale, because it was a Loose-Fish at the time of the final capture; and the harpoons and line because when the fish made off with them, it (the fish) acquired a property in…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A bank-robber, and what you call a murderer, likewise, has his rights, which men of enlightened humanity and conscience should regard in so much the more liberal spirit, because the bulk of society is prone to controvert their existence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • This was instantly controverted by Mrs. B. J. Gougerling, wife of the banker.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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  • It came to Catherine with the force—or rather with the vague impressiveness—of a logical axiom which it was not in her province to controvert; and yet, though it was a scientific truth, she felt wholly unable to accept it.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • "Madam," cries Sophia, "I have never presumed to controvert any opinion of yours; and this subject, as I said, I have never yet thought of, and perhaps never may."
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And in the allegation of Scripture, I have endeavoured to avoid such Texts as are of obscure, or controverted Interpretation; and to alledge none, but is such sense as is most plain, and agreeable to the harmony and scope of the whole Bible; which was written for the re-establishment of the Kingdome of God in Christ.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Nobody attempting to controvert this position, he took a small brown-paper parcel out of his hat, and putting on a pair of horn spectacles (the writing being crabbed) read the direction half-a-dozen times over; having done which, he consigned the parcel to its old place, put up his spectacles again, and stared at everybody in turn.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • A victory so grand, said the press, "fully controverted" all the "full-mouthed predictions" of the opponents of the war.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But without entering on a long and useless discussion, or seeking for new arguments to controvert my uncle, I contented myself with taking up facts as they were.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • It may perhaps be asked what need there is of reasoning or proof to illustrate a position which is not either controverted or doubted, to which the understandings and feelings of all classes of men assent, and which in substance is admitted by the opponents as well as by the friends of the new Constitution.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • "Yes, must," repeated the youth; when, turning his head proudly around him, as if to see who would dare to controvert his rights, he met the astonished gaze of Elizabeth, and proceeded more mildly: "That is, if a man is allowed the possession of that which his hand hath killed. and the law will protect him in the enjoyment of his own."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Whenever the governments of the States come into collision with that of the Union, the President is generally the first to question his own rights: he almost always outstrips the legislature; and when the extent of the federal power is controverted, he takes part, as it were, against himself; he conceals his official interests, and extinguishes his own natural inclinations.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He had controverted the report by growling, "Folks that think a jail ought to be a bloomin’ Hotel Thornleigh make me sick.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • You’ll pardon me for it, but I once, to try her only, desired her opinion on a point which was controverted between Mr Thwackum and Mr Square.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I did not attempt to controvert this singular and astounding assertion.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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