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as in: perceive the system as unfair Define
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
  • She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
  • The company wants to make sure it’s low price is not perceived as implying low quality.

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  • She perceives more risk in the trip than he does.
  • ...life is simply one continual watch against the menace of death;—it has transformed us into unthinking animals in order to give us the weapon of instinct—it has reinforced us with dullness, so that we do not go to pieces before the horror, which would overwhelm us if we had clear, conscious thought—it has awakened in us the sense of comradeship, so that we escape the abyss of solitude—it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • You perceive, then, that he is not happy?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A low exclamation of applause passed among the warriors who exchanged looks with each other like men that first began to perceive their error.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Apparently, the other had now climbed a peak of wisdom from which he could perceive himself as a very wee thing.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • —that if they perceive thee to be a coarse clown or a dull blockhead, they will suspect me to be some impostor or swindler?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And when at last it is perceived that such pity cannot lead to effectual succor, common sense bids the soul rid of it.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • for I perceive but cold demeanor in Octavius’ wing
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar

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  • And thus, as a closer and still closer intimacy admitted me more unreservedly into the recesses of his spirit, the more bitterly did I perceive the futility of...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • "But," resumed the good Oudarde, "you must have perceived to some extent, that yesterday was a festival."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • ...you perceive, as well as myself, not only in this, but in many other circumstances, reason enough to be convinced that....
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Henry and Eleanor, perceiving nothing in her situation likely to engage their father’s particular respect, had seen with astonishment the suddenness, continuance, and extent of his attention;
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • His usual habit was not to consider whether destiny were hard upon him or not—the shape of his ideals in cases of affliction being simply a moody "I am to suffer, I perceive."
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She could not admit at once that she might have overestimated Wildeve, for to perceive his mediocrity now was to admit her own great folly heretofore.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Ella Stowbody, the professional, perceiving that it was because of a conspiracy of jealousy that she had been given a small part, alternated between lofty amusement and Christian patience.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The boats followed us, with all the sail they could make, and we could perceive the two foremost were English,
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Mr. Heathcliff said he did not perceive that I was wanted; but I might stay and order the arrangements for the funeral, if I chose.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But as it is I perceive behind them only the suffering of the creature, the awful melancholy of life and the pitilessness of men.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • And at night, waking out of a dream, overwhelmed and bewitched by the crowding apparitions, a man perceives with alarm how slight is the support, how thin the boundary that divides him from the darkness.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
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as in: though blind, can perceive light Define
to become aware of -- especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
  • I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
  • It’s one thing to perceive something with the senses and another to understand its importance.

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  • When she perceives Franz’s trouble she begins to bustle, and says: "Why did not someone say I was wanted?"
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • In his agony he perceived the word "fire" and felt flames licking at the torn bone and flesh.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • While this strange dialogue continued, I perceived the crowd rapidly increase.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He even thought he could perceive something on the ground at a distance;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • On opening the door, she perceived her sister and Bingley standing together over the hearth, as if engaged in earnest conversation;
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • As he perceived her, she had immediately begun to stare up through the high tree branches at the sky.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I had been looking steadily at the top of this hogshead for some minutes, and what now caused me surprise was the fact that I had not sooner perceived the object thereupon.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Then, permitting his looks to wander over the silent throng that crowded around the elevated seat of Tamenund, he first perceived Hawkeye in his bonds.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • I could but partially perceive his features
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • ...she experienced a contentment which she did not even perceive, so gently and naturally had it come.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They put the surcoat on him, and on the back, without his perceiving it, they stitched a parchment on which they wrote in large letters, "This is Don Quixote of La Mancha."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • As he plunged into the side aisles, he perceived a reddish light behind a cluster of pillars.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But he does not yet perceive our purpose clearly.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The reader of nice perceptions will here perceive that, it being morning, Turkey’s answer is couched in polite and tranquil terms, but Nippers replies in ill-tempered ones.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • I perceived an agitation of the window blind,
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • When Elizabeth’s head rose through the trap she perceived that the upper door was open,
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • ...she was suddenly roused by a touch on the shoulder, and turning round, perceived Mrs. Hughes directly behind her,
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • But one Sunday, having gone to take a walk in the Champs Elysees to refresh herself after the labors of the week, she suddenly perceived a woman who was leading a child.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • I perceive you delight not in music.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • He scrambled to his feet, and perceiving, evidently, the size of his assailant, ran quickly off, shouting alarms.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • but she had a fatalistic sense of being drawn from one wrong turning to another, without ever perceiving the right road till it was too late to take it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • As they reached the picnic ground she perceived that it was dark,
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Olly, though without the tact to perceive when remarks were untimely, was saved by her very simplicity from rendering them offensive.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Martin perceived new avenues of exciting research;
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • ...as soon as he perceived her vacant seat, he sent me to call her.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • They had not remained in this manner long, before Elinor perceived Willoughby, standing within a few yards of them,
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • In short, we can only have inexact conceptions of things we perceive with our senses.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing was no common oxide,
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • They approached us with incredible swiftness, and were within gun-shot before they perceived us.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • When I leaned forward to kiss her, she turned away with an expert shrug, minimal, impersonal, that managed to place me on the outer brow of the perceivable.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He was nowhere to be met with; every search for him was equally unsuccessful, in morning lounges or evening assemblies; neither at the Upper nor Lower Rooms, at dressed or undressed balls, was he perceivable; nor among the walkers, the horsemen, or the curricle-drivers of the morning.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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  • Perceiving that the spear had stuck, he smote him with a club.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Through all, the transcendent force is then perceived which lives in all, in all is wonderful, and is worthy, in all, of our profound obeisance.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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  • This is how it had been for as long as I could remember, but on that day I perceived and felt her disregard.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Orgon [perceiving Dorine].
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • He went back and stood for a moment under a colonnade, looking round him on all sides in hope of perceiving the nose somewhere.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • The children all stared at the newcomers with what Lou perceived as unfriendly eyes.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Socrates at the time of Clouds must have been perceived more as a harmless town character than as a serious threat to Athenian values and democracy.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • The doctor tried to make a short protest, but, perceiving the girl’s evident agitation, he thought the best remedy was not to thwart her.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Then their ears suddenly perceive celestial harmonies, a divine voice, which they remember all their lives.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • He would have flown home that night if he had perceived any inkling of distress in her.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone

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  • If there are any smells in the air, you perceive them.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Throughout the first year of her husband’s presidency, her perceived accessibility has endeared Jackie Kennedy to America and the world.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • His defects were perceived to be a certain "nervous temperament" and susceptibility to poor health, impetuousness, and acute sensitivity to criticism.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The benefits derived from it will chiefly be watched and perceived by speculative men.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • When he was alone, he turned destructive, gouging away at whatever stood between him and perceived safety.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The same anger that causes most petty theft, the same desire to strike back at an employer perceived as unfair, can escalate to armed robbery.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • And though that would be perceived as Kevin’s doing, I could be made to suffer for it.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • At the time, I didn’t realize how selfish my actions were or how Ruth might have perceived them.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Never fool yourself into perceiving things that don’t exist.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Almost immediately following the rape, I started overreacting to anyone who I perceived was trying to bully me.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Perceiving myself in a blunder, I attempted to correct it.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • On perceiving me, the stranger addressed me in English, although with a foreign accent.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Here, the eye was first attracted to a black, bat-like creature that danced on the sand, and only later perceived the body above it.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Miss Lucas perceived him from an upper window as he walked towards the house, and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • If I can perceive her regard for him, he must be a simpleton, indeed, not to discover it too.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Father Conmee saluted Mr William Gallagher and perceived the odours that came from baconflitches and ample cools of butter.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • You have had your bottle, I perceive, Sydney.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "A careless girl!" said Mr. Brocklehurst, and immediately after — "It is the new pupil, I perceive."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I’ll about And drive away the vulgar from the streets; So do you too, where you perceive them thick.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • O, to him, to him, wench: he will relent; He’s coming; I perceive ’t.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • We burn daylight: here, read, read; perceive how I might be knighted.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • —Come hither, gentle mistress: Do you perceive in all this noble company Where most you owe obedience?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive You have but jested with me all this while: I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Are all these things perceived in me?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Though you perceive me not how I give line.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • He scoured and polished it as best he could, but he perceived one great defect in it, that it had no closed helmet, nothing but a simple morion.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And yet it would seem to want very little wit to perceive itů.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Taking so much interest in you as you may perceive I do, I am not without my object, and you shall know it in good time.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Mr. Casaubon gravely smiled approval, and said to Mr. Brooke, "You have an excellent secretary at hand, you perceive."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "That is not for us to judge," said Madame Stahl, perceiving the shade of expression on the prince’s face.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He at once perceived it, and blushed too.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • O I perceive after all so many uttering tongues, And I perceive they do not come from the roofs of mouths for nothing.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • He seemed to want to hide that he did this on our account, but we perceived that he did, and thanked him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The whole company perceived the force of the change, and drew a long breath together, that plainly said, ’she will go!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He struck a match, and I perceived that this young aristocrat had not only a silver-mounted dressing-case but also a whole candle all to himself.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I perceive that all is as it should be.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "You are an enthusiast in your line of thought, I perceive, sir, as I am in mine," said he.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
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