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I passed through then to another reach of bodily suffering, the pain already become a thing memorial, an insolvent fever in the tissue and bones.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  lacking assets to meet financial obligations
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insolvency insolvent
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Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, inadvisable means not solvent.
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  • I passed through then to another reach of bodily suffering, the pain already become a thing memorial, an insolvent fever in the tissue and bones.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • There had been the Olive War, the Tuna Fish Discrepancy, which almost bankrupted both nations, the Roman Rift, which did send them both into insolvency, only to be followed by the Discord of the Emeralds, in which they both got rich again, chiefly by banding together for a brief period and robbing everybody within sailing distance.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • In the meantime, the giant First National Bank of Midland, Texas, collapsed, judged insolvent by government financial inspectors.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Having died insolvent, it had been purchased, at a bargain, by Legree, who used it, as he did everything else, merely as an implement for money-making.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • — when I told you how she, on the contrary, deserted me: the idea of my insolvency cooled, or rather extinguished, her flame in a moment.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • When grandmother applied to him for payment, he said the estate was insolvent, and the law prohibited payment.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • With the CAI’s finances dipping toward insolvency, Mortenson was now averaging one talk every week he wasn’t in Pakistan.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Just as we should have come upon him, he died insolvent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Moreover, on going into Alfredston one day, he was introduced to patristic literature by finding at the bookseller’s some volumes of the Fathers which had been left behind by an insolvent clergyman of the neighbourhood.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower  --  Military-Industrial Complex Speech

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  • She had never been so near the brink of insolvency; but she could at least manage to meet her weekly hotel bill, and having settled the heaviest of her previous debts out of the money she had received from Trenor, she had a still fair margin of credit to go upon.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Public spirit was not held in high esteem at St. Ogg’s, and men who busied themselves with political questions were regarded with some suspicion, as dangerous characters; they were usually persons who had little or no business of their own to manage, or, if they had, were likely enough to become insolvent.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …ancient slough, called by the Latins aes alienum, another’s brass, for some of their coins were made of brass; still living, and dying, and buried by this other’s brass; always promising to pay, promising to pay, tomorrow, and dying today, insolvent; seeking to curry favor, to get custom, by how many modes, only not state-prison offenses; lying, flattering, voting, contracting yourselves into a nutshell of civility or dilating into an atmosphere of thin and vaporous generosity, that…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The settlement of that province had lately been begun, but, instead of being made with hardy, industrious husbandmen, accustomed to labor, the only people fit for such an enterprise, it was with families of broken shop-keepers and other insolvent debtors, many of indolent and idle habits, taken out of the jails, who, being set down in the woods, unqualified for clearing land, and unable to endure the hardships of a new settlement, perished in numbers, leaving many helpless children…
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Some people said he had speculated unfortunately in railways, others that he was being bled by one of the most insatiable members of her profession; and to every report of threatened insolvency Beaufort replied by a fresh extravagance: the building of a new row of orchid-houses, the purchase of a new string of race-horses, or the addition of a new Meissonnier or Cabanel to his picture-gallery.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I am not sure that I shall succeed, but it is the only thing that will save me from insolvency, and I am trying.’
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Would we have ended up like Uncle Ted and Aunt Olivia—bitter, divorced, financially insolvent, and living in Cleveland and Reno, respectively? I can’t let that happen.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • We want men and women who shall renovate life and our social state, but we see that most natures are insolvent, cannot satisfy their own wants, have an ambition out of all proportion to their practical force,[224] and do lean and beg day and night continually.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Insolvent debtors of minor grade, together with the promiscuous lame ducks of morality found in the Navy a convenient and secure refuge.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • At last this document appeared to be got out of the way, somehow; at all events it ceased to be the rock-ahead it had been; and Mrs. Micawber informed me that ’her family’ had decided that Mr. Micawber should apply for his release under the Insolvent Debtors Act, which would set him free, she expected, in about six weeks.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The better class of minds, however, did not need to be informed that the Powlers were an ancient stock, who could trace themselves so exceedingly far back that it was not surprising if they sometimes lost themselves — which they had rather frequently done, as respected horse-flesh, blind-hookey, Hebrew monetary transactions, and the Insolvent Debtors’ Court.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The shabbiness of these attendants upon shabbiness, the poverty of these insolvent waiters upon insolvency, was a sight to see.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He was as good-natured a dancing-master as ever danced to the Insolvent Court, and he kept his word.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The shabbiness of these attendants upon shabbiness, the poverty of these insolvent waiters upon insolvency, was a sight to see.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It was evident from the general tone of the whole party, that they had come to regard insolvency as the normal state of mankind, and the payment of debts as a disease that occasionally broke out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He remained shut up in his room for a fortnight afterwards; and an attorney’s clerk, who was going through the Insolvent Court, engrossed an address of condolence to him, which looked like a Lease, and which all the prisoners signed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Indeed, she was so proud of the acquaintance, that she had awakened some bitterness of spirit in the Yard by magnifying to an enormous amount the sum for which Miss Dorrit’s father had become insolvent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The milliner—who was not morose or hard-hearted, only newly insolvent—was touched, took her in hand with goodwill, found her the most patient and earnest of pupils, and made her a cunning work-woman in course of time.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • To question him in detail, and endeavour to reconcile his answers; to closet him with accountants and sharp practitioners, learned in the wiles of insolvency and bankruptcy; was only to put the case out at compound interest and incomprehensibility.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’The Circumlocution Department, sir,’ Mr Barnacle replied, ’may have possibly recommended—possibly—I cannot say—that some public claim against the insolvent estate of a firm or copartnership to which this person may have belonged, should be enforced.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His experience on the lock gave him such an acute perception of the enormous difficulty of ’tying up’ money with any approach to tightness, and contrariwise of the remarkable ease with which it got loose, that through a series of years he regularly propounded this knotty point to every new insolvent agent and other professional gentleman who passed in and out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I do not think this general insolvency, which involves in some sort all the population, to be the reason of the difficulty experienced at Christmas and New Year, and other times, in bestowing gifts; since it is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • With the world shut out (except that part of it which would be shut in); with its troubles and disturbances only known to them by hearsay, as they would be described by the pilgrims tarrying with them on their way to the Insolvent Shrine; with the Arbour above, and the Lodge below; they would glide down the stream of time, in pastoral domestic happiness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • …on the aristocratic or Pump side, for the Father made it a point of his state to be chary of going among his children on the Poor side, except on Sunday mornings, Christmas Days, and other occasions of ceremony, in the observance whereof he was very punctual, and at which times he laid his hand upon the heads of their infants, and blessed those young insolvents with a benignity that was highly edifying—the brothers, walking up and down the College-yard together, were a memorable sight.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • By the time U.S. forces had settled in to endure their long occupation of Iraq, and Anne Beyersdorfer had dismantled the "shock and awe" operation and returned home, the CAI had gone from wallowing near financial insolvency to possessing a bank balance of more than one million dollars.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Numbers of men in every profession and trade would be blighted by his insolvency; old people who had been in easy circumstances all their lives would have no place of repentance for their trust in him but the workhouse; legions of women and children would have their whole future desolated by the hand of this mighty scoundrel.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In the yard, was the insolvent whose utmost energies were always set on getting into debt, who broke into prison with as much pains as other men have broken out of it, and who was always being cleared and complimented; while the insolvent at his elbow—a mere little, snivelling, striving tradesman, half dead of anxious efforts to keep out of debt—found it a hard matter, indeed, to get a Commissioner to release him with much reproof and reproach.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In the yard, was the insolvent whose utmost energies were always set on getting into debt, who broke into prison with as much pains as other men have broken out of it, and who was always being cleared and complimented; while the insolvent at his elbow—a mere little, snivelling, striving tradesman, half dead of anxious efforts to keep out of debt—found it a hard matter, indeed, to get a Commissioner to release him with much reproof and reproach.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • an insolvent person
  • an insolvent estate
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