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Her certitude has given way to doubt.
  total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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  • Her certitude has given way to doubt.
  • How many will trade the promise of capitalism for the certitude of socialism?
  • Their coming could have been predicted with the same certitude that astronomers today predict the outcome of the movements of stars.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • Archaeology, then, does not supply us with certitudes, but rather with vague hypotheses. And in the shade of these hypotheses some artists are content to dream, considering them less as scientific facts than as sources of inspiration.
    Igor Stravinsky

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  • To one another! for the world, which seems
    To lie before us like a land of dreams,
    So various, so beautiful, so new,
    Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
    Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
    ...
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Most everyone in Bedley Run knows me, though at the same time I’ve actually come to develop an unexpected condition of transparence here, a walking case of others’ certitude, that to spy me on my way down Church Street is merely noting the expression of a natural law.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Uttering these words, she squeezed my hand, which was now entwined with hers a scant millimeter from the straining tumefaction in my lap, and her eyes gazed into mine with such a galvanized look of passion and certitude that it took’ all my self-command to avoid, that very instant, some ludicrous, brutish, public embrace.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Try as I might, I couldn’t stomach this brutal certitude.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The camerlegno’s certitude was hypnotic.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • This certitude was shown by the whole pack.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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  • Eragon doubted that he would everlike an Urgal, but the iron certitude of his prejudice only a few minutes before now seemed ignorant, and he could not retain it in good conscience.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • And the girl talked, easing her pain in the certitude of my sympathy; she talked as thirsty men drink.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • He broke into the long easy lope, and went on, hour after hour, never at loss for the tangled way, heading straight home through strange country with a certitude of direction that put man and his magnetic needle to shame.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • On the spot there came to me the added shock of a certitude that it was not for me he had come there.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • But battle veterans quickly lost a sense of war’s certitude.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The clear certitude of his own immunity grew dim and to it succeeded a vague fear that his soul had really fallen unawares.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Yet they sensed him somehow and made way; in this too he seemed to be served by certitude, the blind and untroubled faith in the rightness and infallibility of his actions.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Chapter 20 Vronsky’s life was particularly happy in that he had a code of principles, which defined with unfailing certitude what he ought and what he ought not to do.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I took up the two packages and gave the bread to the little girl, the woman all iron-gray behind the counter, watchingus with cold certitude.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • With some difficulty, after many turnings and new inquiries, they reached Prison Street; and the grim walls of the jail, the first object that answered to any image in Silas’s memory, cheered him with the certitude, which no assurance of the town’s name had hitherto given him, that he was in his native place.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • But where it is said, "In the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die," it must needs bee meant of his Mortality, and certitude of death.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • This happy certitude had come sooner than Catherine expected, and she had regarded it, very naturally, as a priceless treasure.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • I watched him climb around like an alpinist of the mountains of his own brain, sturdy, and with his calm goggles and his blue glances of certitude.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • And all the while he had the immense temptation to do the unthinkable thing, not from the physical desire but because of a mental certitude.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • This was the certitude she had been living with now for a time that she had ceased to measure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • With the certitude of a true believer, Vellya Paapen had assured the twins that there was no such thing in the world as a black cat.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Then one of the three enthusiasts he had seen just now, the author of the Apologia: "My argument was …. that absolute certitude as to the truths of natural theology was the result of an assemblage of concurring and converging probabilities …. that probabilities which did not reach to logical certainty might create a mental certitude."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The city of Charleston, in the green feathery modesty of its palms, in the certitude of its style, in the economy and stringency of its lines, and the serenity of its mansions South of Broad Street, is a feast for the human eye.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I ought to have guessed that a person like her—a person who you could tell had a deep inner certitude of self which comes from being all of one piece, of not being shreds and patches and old cogwheels held together with pieces of rusty barbed wire and spit and bits of string, like most of us—I ought to have guessed that that kind of a person would not be surprised into answering a question she didn’t want to answer.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • This time Mr. Raffles’ slow wink and slight protrusion of his tongue was worse than a nightmare, because it held the certitude that it was not a nightmare, but a waking misery.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There lay certitude; there, in the daily round.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Juanita and her folks knew where they stood with a certitude that bordered on dementia.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • This was the certitude she had been living with now for a time that she had ceased to measure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • And as if he felt the impulse to celebrate his happy certitude by a bonfire, he got up to throw a couple of logs upon the already blazing hearth.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • But a voice behind me, the unmistakable voice of Wolf Larsen, strong with the invincible certitude of the man and mellow with appreciation of the words he was quoting, aroused me.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • There was a smell of wet grass and lilac, and the vast brooding symphony of the million-noted little night things, rising and falling in a constant ululation, and inhabiting the heart with steady unconscious certitude.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Twice, he told me, he shut his eyes in the certitude that the end was upon him already, and twice he had to open them again.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • …and the latest English fashions in pronunciation are almost instantaneously imitated, at least by a minority, in New York; and on the other hand the English, by so constantly having the floor, force upon us, out of their firmer resolution and certitude, a somewhat sneaking respect for their own greater conservatism of speech, so that our professors of the language, in the overwhelming main, combat all signs of differentiation with the utmost diligence, and safeguard the doctrine that…
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil, and here their mother left her hands where they dwelt with her children, but bowed her head: "For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, she said with almost vindictive certitude, "forever and ever.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • That reminder had as little effect on my practical certitude as I was conscious—still even without looking—of its having upon the character and attitude of our visitor.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Jim on the bridge was penetrated by the great certitude of unbounded safety and peace that could be read on the silent aspect of nature like the certitude of fostering love upon the placid tenderness of a mother’s face.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Jim on the bridge was penetrated by the great certitude of unbounded safety and peace that could be read on the silent aspect of nature like the certitude of fostering love upon the placid tenderness of a mother’s face.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He could detect no trace of emotion in himself, and the final effect of a staggering event was that, unnoticed and apart from the noisy crowd of boys, he exulted with fresh certitude in his avidity for adventure, and in a sense of many-sided courage.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • They appeared to live in a crazy maze of plans, hopes, dangers, enterprises, ahead of civilisation, in the dark places of the sea; and their death was the only event of their fantastic existence that seemed to have a reasonable certitude of achievement.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I had sat down with a piece of work—for I was something or other that could sit—on the old stone bench which overlooked the pond; and in this position I began to take in with certitude, and yet without direct vision, the presence, at a distance, of a third person.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • He was splendidly muscled, a heavy man, and though he strode with the certitude and directness of the physical man, there was nothing heavy about his stride.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • For all his pragmatic certitude, it seemed as if he watched the play and movement of life in the hope of discovering something more about it, of discerning in its maddest writhings a something which had hitherto escaped him,—the key to its mystery, as it were, which would make all clear and plain.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Now and then, though, a word, a sentence, would escape him that showed how deeply, how solemnly, he felt about that work which had given him the certitude of rehabilitation.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • And Tarrou, Rieux, and their friends might give one answer or another, but its conclusion was always the same, their certitude that a fight must be put up, in this way or that, and there must be no bowing down.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Some have felt that these blundering lives are due to the inconvenient indefiniteness with which the Supreme Power has fashioned the natures of women: if there were one level of feminine incompetence as strict as the ability to count three and no more, the social lot of women might be treated with scientific certitude.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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