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Definition total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
  • Her certitude has given way to doubt.
certitude = certainty
  • How many will trade the promise of capitalism for the certitude of socialism?
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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
  • certitude = certainty
  • On the spot there came to me the added shock of a certitude that it was not for me he had come there.
    James, Henry  --  Turn Of The Screw
  • From his calm-mad heights, with the certitude of a god, he beholds all life as evil.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • And the girl talked, easing her pain in the certitude of my sympathy; she talked as thirsty men drink.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This happy certitude had come sooner than Catherine expected, and she had regarded it, very naturally, as a priceless treasure.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • But battle veterans quickly lost a sense of war's certitude.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers

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