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The idea of his failure prepossesses him.
  to be preoccupied


to influence opinion ahead of time
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prepossession prepossess
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  • The idea of his failure prepossesses him.
  • M. Krempe was a little squat man with a gruff voice and a repulsive countenance; the teacher, therefore, did not prepossess me in favour of his pursuits.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As to her younger daughters, she could not take upon her to say—she could not positively answer—but she did not know of any prepossession; her eldest daughter, she must just mention—she felt it incumbent on her to hint, was likely to be very soon engaged.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The notice was too short after so long a prepossession the other way.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • It opens his designs to his family, it introduces you among them, it diffuses through the party those pleasantest feelings of our nature, eager curiosity and warm prepossession.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The approach was not such as to prepossess people—an ill-smelling, dark passage, a staircase half-lighted by bars through which stole a glimmer from a neighboring yard; on the first floor a low door studded with enormous nails, like the principal gate of the Grand Chatelet.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • What infatuation is it, what obstinate prepossession, that blinds you to that?
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She could not help thinking much of the extraordinary circumstances attending their acquaintance, of the right which he seemed to have to interest her, by everything in situation, by his own sentiments, by his early prepossession.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • We all conceived a prepossession in his favour, for there was a sterling quality in this laugh, and in his vigorous, healthy voice, and in the roundness and fullness with which he uttered every word he spoke, and in the very fury of his superlatives, which seemed to go off like blank cannons and hurt nothing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I begged her to satisfy herself that she had no prepossession left in her mind and heart, and she answered me she never could be more determined !
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • And as a man, who is attached to a prostitute, is unfitted to choose or judge a wife, so any prepossession in favour of a rotten constitution of government will disable us from discerning a good one.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • She did not like him, and feared him privately; nor was he very much prepossessed in her favour.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Discourses so much out of the road could not avail anything, nor have any effect on men whose minds were prepossessed with different sentiments.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • He readily acceded to the proposal, and appeared to be prepossessed by the frank good-nature of the individual from whom it emanated.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • If she suspected ANY prepossession elsewhere, it could not be in THAT quarter.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • "I see, sir," said Partridge, falling down upon his knees, "that your honour is prepossessed against me, and resolved not to believe anything I say, and, therefore, what signifies my protestations? but yet there is one above who knows that I am not the father of this young man."
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It might be difficult to give an unselfish reason for being prepossessed against him.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Now take the time, while stagg’ring yet they stand With feet unfirm, and prepossess the strand: Fortune befriends the bold."
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • "From the very first accounts in the newspapers I was struck by something which strongly prepossessed me in the prisoner’s favor.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Kate had never said a word about having met either of these gentlemen; ’that,’ she thought, ’argues that she is strongly prepossessed in favour of one of them.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ’Perhaps it’s a matter of policy to let you all know that these Gowans—in whose favour, or at least the gentleman’s, I can’t be supposed to be much prepossessed myself—are known to people of importance, if that makes any difference.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Upon this the bosom bent to him; and its owner, with a wonderful command of feature, addressed a winning smile of adieu to the two sisters, as young ladies of fortune in whose favour she was much prepossessed, and whom she had never had the gratification of seeing before.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In fact, Miss Knag had conceived an incipient affection for Kate Nickleby, after witnessing her failure that morning, and this short conversation with her superior increased the favourable prepossession to a most surprising extent; which was the more remarkable, as when she first scanned that young lady’s face and figure, she had entertained certain inward misgivings that they would never agree.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She wanted to ascertain the feelings of each of her visitors; she wanted to compose her own, and to make herself agreeable to all; and in the latter object, where she feared most to fail, she was most sure of success, for those to whom she endeavoured to give pleasure were prepossessed in her favour.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Your sister need not have any scruple even of visiting HER, which, to say the truth, has been a little the case, and very naturally; for we only knew that Mrs. Jennings was the widow of a man who had got all his money in a low way; and Fanny and Mrs. Ferrars were both strongly prepossessed, that neither she nor her daughters were such kind of women as Fanny would like to associate with.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENT STATE OF AMERICAN AFFAIRS In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other Preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put ON, or rather that he will not put OFF the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • "His regard for her, infinitely surpassing anything that Willoughby ever felt or feigned, as much more warm, as more sincere or constant—which ever we are to call it— has subsisted through all the knowledge of dear Marianne’s unhappy prepossession for that worthless young man!
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
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