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  • If this people has so atrophied its taste buds as to find tasteless food not only acceptable but desirable, what of the emotional life of the nation?   (source)
    atrophied = withered or weakened
  • Her ... thigh was atrophied by the deep incisions Dr. Sasaki had made.   (source)
    atrophied = made weaker (and smaller)
  • He felt as if there was something atrophied between his eyes, where the base of the nose grew into the skull.   (source)
    atrophied = weakened or withered
  • ... the need, to communicate by speech atrophies from disuse and...   (source)
    atrophies = withers or weakens
  • It is famished, it is crazed with hunger by that time, and will be entirely satisfied with anything that comes handy; its taste is atrophied, it can't tell mud cat from shad.   (source)
    atrophied = weakened
  • That's to try and keep his physical condition up—to stop him atrophying and his bones demineralizing, his legs pooling, that kind of thing.†   (source)
  • No mind has tried to hold out against IT for so many thousands of centuries that certain centers have become soft and atrophied through lack of use.†   (source)
  • Now, what atrophying neural cistern in his brain did that come from?†   (source)
  • We were worried about atrophy-her muscles, her brain...†   (source)
  • "Listen, sweetie," she said (deciding that there was indeed testicular atrophy and also trying to recall tunica albugineae, and tunica something else, and vas deferens, of course, and that craggy thingy at the back, whatsitcalled ....epididymis!)†   (source)
  • One month ago he could hardly get out of his chair, which is partly due to muscle atrophy from being in bed for so long.†   (source)
  • The hollow bolted around the bend, using its muscular tongues like legs, its atrophied human limbs hanging useless.†   (source)
  • Muscles that had once been strong began to atrophy despite physiotherapy, underscoring his sense of helplessness.†   (source)
  • His position in society, then, is such that that which drives his ego is encouraged and developed, and that which would drive him toward other men—a weak impulse to begin with—is left to atrophy.†   (source)
  • The great muscles, atrophied from inactivity, could not resist the weight and grip of the ice prison.†   (source)
  • Our own powers atrophied from lack of use.†   (source)
  • His legs, too, even under the covers, looked emaciated, like sticks, their mass atrophied.†   (source)
  • Muscles continued to atrophy.†   (source)
  • Either the people will be plundered, as a substitute for legitimate taxation, or the government will sink into a fatal atrophy and perish.†   (source)
  • Something they all heard with an extra sense atrophied in herself.†   (source)
  • You have an atrophied social sense, just like an illiterate peasant woman or a bourgeois diehard.†   (source)
  • Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
    atrophy = wither or weaken -- especially from lack of use
  • atrophy of the temporal lobes of the brain
  • Work with a physical therapist helped minimize muscle atrophy while she healed.
  • To counteract the malign spell which she imagined poor Eustacia to be working, the boy's mother busied herself with a ghastly invention of superstition, calculated to bring powerlessness, atrophy, and annihilation on any human being against whom it was directed.   (source)
    atrophy = withering or weakness
  • His senses must have been blunted and atrophied with money and the getting of it.†   (source)
  • She had lost a great deal of weight, her muscles had atrophied, and a numbness persisted on most of her left side.†   (source)
  • Her muscles are partially atrophied even though she is given manipulated exercise three times a week.†   (source)
  • However, another MRI brain scan was done on him yesterday—and it shows a reversal of that atrophy.†   (source)
  • Without it, her muscles would atrophy, and even if she woke—when she woke, he quickly corrected himself—she would find herself permanently bedridden.†   (source)
  • He was shown that his father's brain had atrophied, his large intestine had become enlarged, and there was a cancer the size of a Ping-Pong ball in his liver.†   (source)
  • The other and spiritual side of their natures has been dwarfed—atrophied, in fact.†   (source)
  • If you have to fly about to find every meal you eat, your muscles do not become atrophied.†   (source)
  • It is certain that the mind becomes atrophied in a defective body.†   (source)
  • Along the walls on the village side all was dusty, the wriggling vines, the lemon and eucalyptus trees, the casual wheel-barrow, left only a moment since, but already grown into the path, atrophied and faintly rotten.†   (source)
  • The fibres of sympathy were nearly atrophied in him, but he was suffering so intensely that he had a faint glimpse of what other sufferings might mean—and, as she perceived, an almost simultaneous perception of the way in which her particular misfortunes might serve him.†   (source)
  • So complete was their negation of interest in anything which seemed directly or indirectly a part of our everyday life that their sense of hearing—which had gradually come to understand its own futility when the tone of the conversation, at the dinner-table, became frivolous or merely mundane, without the two old ladies' being able to guide it back to the topic dear to themselves—would leave its receptive channels unemployed, so effectively that they were actually becoming atrophied.†   (source)
  • Dick was always vividly conscious of his surroundings, while Collis Clay lived vaguely, the sharpest impressions dissolving upon a recording apparatus that had early atrophied, so the former talked and the latter listened, like a man sitting in a breeze.†   (source)
  • In trying to produce the sensuous effects of opera, the fashionable drama has become so flaccid in its sentimentality, and the intellect of its frequenters so atrophied by disuse, that the reintroduction of problem, with its remorseless logic and iron framework of fact, inevitably produces at first an overwhelming impression of coldness and inhuman rationalism.†   (source)
  • It was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering.†   (source)
  • All this would have to be considered and its effect in intensifying certain sensibilities and reducing others to atrophy.†   (source)
  • —Communist pamphlet (5) If a new spirit is to be infused into this old country, there is one thorny and contentious reform which must be tackled, and that is the humanization and galvanization of the B.B.C. Timidity here will bespeak canker and atrophy of the soul.†   (source)
  • And amicably, not as two white women and a negress, not as three negroes or three whites, not even as three women, but merely as three creatures who still possessed the need to eat but took no pleasure in it, the need to sleep but from no joy in weariness or regeneration, and in whom sex was some forgotten atrophy like the rudimentary gills we call the tonsils or the still-opposable thumbs for old climbing.†   (source)
  • This paralysis lasted, however, but a short time; for Tess's energies returned with the atrophy of his, and she walked as fast as she was able past the barn and onward.†   (source)
  • And as for pedagogics, the conception of human dignity that sought to ban corporal punishment had its roots, to hear Naphta tell it, in the liberal individualism of the era of bourgeois humanism, in the Enlightenment's absolutism of the ego, which was about to atrophy and be replaced by a wave of newer, less namby-pamby social concepts, ideas of submission and obedience, of bridles and bonds, and since such things were not to be had without holy cruelty, flogging would thus be regarded with quite a different eye.†   (source)
  • It was this moment of love, this fleeting victory over themselves, which had kept them from atrophy and extinction; which, in her, had reached out to him in every struggle against the influence of her surroundings, and in him, had kept alive the faith that now drew him penitent and reconciled to her side.†   (source)
  • As an indifference cherished, or left to atrophy, becomes an emptiness, to this extent he had learned to become empty of Nicole, serving her against his will with negations and emotional neglect.†   (source)
  • "The use of slang," said Oliver Wendell Holmes, "is at once a sign and a cause of mental atrophy."†   (source)
  • Immediately a place
    Before his eyes appeared, sad, noisome, dark;
    A lazar-house it seemed; wherein were laid
    Numbers of all diseased; all maladies
    Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms
    Of heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds,
    Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhs,
    Intestine stone and ulcer, colick-pangs,
    Demoniack phrenzy, moaping melancholy,
    And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy,
    Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence,
    Dropsies, and asthmas, and joint-racking rheums.†   (source)
  • From a deficiency in this particular, one of two evils must ensue; either the people must be subjected to continual plunder, as a substitute for a more eligible mode of supplying the public wants, or the government must sink into a fatal atrophy, and, in a short course of time, perish.†   (source)
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