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  • "Himself not especially susceptible to flattery except in a sentimental way, he soon learned its efficacy when plastered thick on big business men," Sullivan wrote.†   (source)
  • No one doubted that the sanitary rigor of Dr. Juvenal Urbino, more than the efficacy of his pronouncements, had made the miracle possible.†   (source)
  • She gave him the information and then told him, in effect, "Surely you are collecting these leaves in order to better understand their power and improve their efficacy."†   (source)
  • I let Mrs. Mompellion wax on about the efficacy of rue and chamomile and busied myself rooting out the thistlew eeds, as it is labor that requires hard pulling and can tend to make Mrs. Mompellion very faint if she stoops over it too long.†   (source)
  • If there were such a bank I certainly would, and I'd negotiate a sizable loan on its efficacy as collateral...Most of the information is the stuff of the lowest-grade tabloids-nothing unusual there, of course-but along with such nonsense are outright distortions of times, places, functions and even identities.†   (source)
  • I have never believed in the efficacy of idealists-have you?†   (source)
  • Provisions Giving Efficacy to All the Rest†   (source)
  • These two cadets are concerned about the efficacy of allowing a senior private to address the incoming freshmen.†   (source)
  • The avenues, side streets, bars, billiard halls, hospitals, police stations, and even the playgrounds of Harlem —not to mention the houses of correction, the jails, and the morgue—testified to the potency of the poison while remaining silent as to the efficacy of whatever antidote, irresistibly raising the question of whether or not such an antidote existed; raising, whichwas worse, the question of whether or not an antidote was desirable; perhaps poison should be fought with poison.†   (source)
  • It soon proved its efficacy, and redeemed the leech's pledge.   (source)
  • It was impossible to doubt that, whatever painful efficacy there might be in the secret sting of remorse, a deadlier venom had been infused into it by the hand that proffered relief.   (source)
  • Souls, it is said, more souls than one, were brought to the truth by the efficacy of that sermon, and vowed within themselves to cherish a holy gratitude towards Mr. Dimmesdale throughout the long hereafter.   (source)
  • Provisions Giving Efficacy to All the Other Powers†   (source)
  • When the court deliberates, it will have to decide about the efficacy of the way our room worked.†   (source)
  • "It's not about the quest for personal efficacy," as Paul himself liked to say.†   (source)
  • And he would not have the same influence or efficacy.†   (source)
  • It is also the severest test of its efficacy, its credibility.†   (source)
  • The sixth and last class consists of the powers and provisions that give efficacy to all the rest.†   (source)
  • And everyone agrees that this is essential to the efficacy of the revenue laws.†   (source)
  • Almighty Adonai, Arathron, Ashai, Elohim, Elohi, Elion, Asher Eheieh, Shaddai ....be my aid, so that this blood may have power and efficacy in all wherein I shall wish, and in all that I shall demand.†   (source)
  • It's true that the American public is unduly impressed by such notions — they favour cures that can be had by pulling a lever or pressing a button — but Simon has no belief in their efficacy.†   (source)
  • In this domain, the prize for efficacy goes to the Cantonese dialect of Chinese, whose brevity grants residents of Hong Kong a rocketing memory span of about 10 digits.†   (source)
  • To any inquiries, the consulate was to comment only that during the next month numerous representatives of the American government and American industry would be flying into the colony at various undetermined times, and security as well as the efficacy of accommodations warranted the lease.†   (source)
  • So we'll give him a couple hundred dollars of Ensure, and I'll take great pleasure in violating the principle of cost-efficacy.†   (source)
  • He'd already ruled out noncompliance, he felt, and poor drug quality couldn't be blamed—international experts had certified the drugs' efficacy.†   (source)
  • Even the most tolerant and easy-going members of the cadre recognized the fact that Bentley was an embarrassment to the integrity and efficacy of the system.†   (source)
  • His voice, fervent and evangelical, carried with it an absolute conviction of the rectitude and efficacy of a society ruled by honor; it quavered slightly and conveyed the earnestness and gentle decency of the speaker.†   (source)
  • He went on, "One thing that comes back to me, with all this cost-efficacy crap, if I saved one patient in my whole life, that wouldn't be too bad.†   (source)
  • It was more profound than other sentiments I'd known, and I was taken with the idea that in an ostensibly godless world that worshiped money and power or, more seductively, a sense of personal efficacy and advancement, like at Duke and Harvard, there was still a place to look for God, and that was in the suffering of the poor.†   (source)
  • The federal executive and judiciary might be discussed here as constitutional provisions that give efficacy to the federal powers.†   (source)
  • Therefore, each vote, whether from a large or small State, or a State more or less wealthy or powerful, will have equal weight and efficacy.†   (source)
  • Yet with Mrs. Brown constantly lecturing me about the efficacy of leather on flesh and interfering when the fights did break out, I needed some way to control the kids instantly and silently.†   (source)
  • If there resided any efficacy in devotion at all, surely it lay in a visit to this great shrine.†   (source)
  • Since childhood he had believed in the magical efficacy of certain numbers—on Sunday he would do only the second thing that came into his head and not the first—and this intricate ritual of number and prayer he was a slave to, not to propitiate God, but to fulfil a mysterious harmonic relation with the universe, or to pay worship to the demonic force that brooded over him.†   (source)
  • The efficacy of sea power, especially under modern conditions, depends upon the invading force being of large size; It has to be of large size, in view of our military strength, to be of any use.†   (source)
  • The wonder is that characteristic efficacy to touch and inspire deep creative centers dwells in the smallest nursery fairy tale—as the flavor of the ocean is contained in a droplet or the whole mystery of life within the egg of a flea.†   (source)
  • As the result of their consultation, many things of divine efficacy were produced, among them a mirror, a sword, and cloth offerings.†   (source)
  • We know its efficacy in trouble and illness.†   (source)
  • The very mysteriousness of such a cure made her the more confident of its efficacy.†   (source)
  • The snarling of his dogs was losing its efficacy.†   (source)
  • I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!†   (source)
  • This total failure of the coal-hole discipline shook Silas's belief in the efficacy of punishment.†   (source)
  • Elizabeth had nothing to propose of deeper efficacy.†   (source)
  • Hivert openly cast some doubt on the efficacy of it.†   (source)
  • This apprehension had not been without efficacy in determining me to summary means.†   (source)
  • there is a medicine, potent, as a wise physician has assured me, and almost divine in its efficacy.†   (source)
  • It was as potent, and perhaps endowed with the same kind of efficacy, as a galvanic ring!†   (source)
  • She knew it was not by explanations and counter-charges that she could ever hope to recover her lost standing; but even had she felt the least trust in their efficacy, she would still have been held back by the feeling which had kept her from defending herself to Gerty Farish—a feeling that was half pride and half humiliation.†   (source)
  • The evil side of my nature, to which I had now transferred the stamping efficacy, was less robust and less developed than the good which I had just deposed.†   (source)
  • He had long come to the conclusion that nothing amused him more than metaphysics, but he was not so sure of their efficacy in the affairs of life.†   (source)
  • Then their sister, with much augmented confidence in the efficacy of the sacrament, poured forth from the bottom of her heart the thanksgiving that follows, uttering it boldly and triumphantly in the stopt-diapason note which her voice acquired when her heart was in her speech, and which will never be forgotten by those who knew her.†   (source)
  • Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation of character, had praised it as something that taught us what to follow and showed us what to avoid.†   (source)
  • You will learn from Poole how I have had London ransacked; it was in vain; and I am now persuaded that my first supply was impure, and that it was that unknown impurity which lent efficacy to the draught.†   (source)
  • It is like one of those drugs you gentlemen use in medicine which carries another in solution: it is of no efficacy in itself, but enables the other to be absorbed.†   (source)
  • The great problem of the shifting relation between passion and duty is clear to no man who is capable of apprehending it; the question whether the moment has come in which a man has fallen below the possibility of a renunciation that will carry any efficacy, and must accept the sway of a passion against which he had struggled as a trespass, is one for which we have no master-key that will fit all cases.†   (source)
  • I have confidence in the remedy I propose, and only ask you to permit me to assure you of its efficacy.†   (source)
  • The pen and all its relations being awkward tools in Henchard's hands he had affixed the seals without an impression, it never occurring to him that the efficacy of such a fastening depended on this.†   (source)
  • Lydgate, inclined to be sarcastic on the superstitious faith of the people in the efficacy of "the bill," while nobody cared about the low state of pathology, sometimes assailed Will with troublesome questions.†   (source)
  • The Americans have often felt this disadvantage, but they have left the remedy incomplete, lest they should give it an efficacy which might in some cases prove dangerous.†   (source)
  • The reader will remember the great epidemic of croup which ravaged the river districts of the Seine in Paris thirty-five years ago, and of which science took advantage to make experiments on a grand scale as to the efficacy of inhalations of alum, so beneficially replaced at the present day by the external tincture of iodine.†   (source)
  • She had already satisfied herself that he thought Harriet a beautiful girl, which she trusted, with such frequent meetings at Hartfield, was foundation enough on his side; and on Harriet's there could be little doubt that the idea of being preferred by him would have all the usual weight and efficacy.†   (source)
  • But they knew a few "good words" by heart, and their withered lips now and then moved silently, following the service without any very clear comprehension indeed, but with a simple faith in its efficacy to ward off harm and bring blessing.†   (source)
  • The adjutants general were there because they always accompanied the Emperor, and lastly and chiefly Pfuel was there because he had drawn up the plan of campaign against Napoleon and, having induced Alexander to believe in the efficacy of that plan, was directing the whole business of the war.†   (source)
  • It is worthy of remark, as a curious physical instance of the efficacy of a sudden surprise in counteracting the effects of extreme fear, that her voice had quite recovered all its official asperity.†   (source)
  • "Don't do it!" said Mr. Crunches looking about, as if he rather expected to see the loaf disappear under the efficacy of his wife's petitions.†   (source)
  • The scout listened to the tremulous voice in which the veteran delivered these words, and shook his head slowly when they were ended, as one who doubted their efficacy.†   (source)
  • Yet it is only necessary to abandon the false view (adopted to gratify the "heroes") of the efficacy of the directions issued in wartime by commanders, in order to find this unknown quantity.†   (source)
  • The devoutest person could have rendered no greater homage to the efficacy of an honest prayer than he did in this distrust of his wife.†   (source)
  • These incidents, however, dissolving in the pure light of her character, had no longer the efficacy of facts, but were acknowledged as mistaken fantasies, by whatever testimony of the senses they might appear to be substantiated.†   (source)
  • Philosophers may well say, and practical men will always support the opinion, that money mitigates many trials; and if you admit the efficacy of this sovereign balm, you ought to be very easily consoled—you, the king of finance, the focus of immeasurable power.†   (source)
  • He had inherited from his mother some acquaintance with medicinal herbs and their preparation—a little store of wisdom which she had imparted to him as a solemn bequest—but of late years he had had doubts about the lawfulness of applying this knowledge, believing that herbs could have no efficacy without prayer, and that prayer might suffice without herbs; so that the inherited delight he had in wandering in the fields in search of foxglove and dandelion and coltsfoot, began to wear to him the character of a temptation.†   (source)
  • Captain Benwick listened attentively, and seemed grateful for the interest implied; and though with a shake of the head, and sighs which declared his little faith in the efficacy of any books on grief like his, noted down the names of those she recommended, and promised to procure and read them.†   (source)
  • They hold that to act with efficacy upon the press it would be necessary to find a tribunal, not only devoted to the existing order of things, but capable of surmounting the influence of public opinion; a tribunal which should conduct its proceedings without publicity, which should pronounce its decrees without assigning its motives, and punish the intentions even more than the language of an author.†   (source)
  • But it is given to us sometimes even in our every-day life to witness the saving influence of a noble nature, the divine efficacy of rescue that may lie in a self-subduing act of fellowship.†   (source)
  • Gamut, who had stood prepared to pour forth his spirit in song when the visitors entered, after delaying a moment, drew a strain from his pipe, and commenced a hymn that might have worked a miracle, had faith in its efficacy been of much avail.†   (source)
  • The true value of his character lay in that deep consciousness of inward strength, which made all his past vicissitudes seem merely like a change of garments; in that enthusiasm, so quiet that he scarcely knew of its existence, but which gave a warmth to everything that he laid his hand on; in that personal ambition, hidden—from his own as well as other eyes—among his more generous impulses, but in which lurked a certain efficacy, that might solidify him from a theorist into the champion of some practicable cause.†   (source)
  • The officiating undertakers made some protest against these changes in the ceremonies; but, the river being alarmingly near, and several voices remarking on the efficacy of cold immersion in bringing refractory members of the profession to reason, the protest was faint and brief.†   (source)
  • He would conceive the mansion to have been the residence of the stubborn old Puritan, Integrity, who, dying in some forgotten generation, had left a blessing in all its rooms and chambers, the efficacy of which was to be seen in the religion, honesty, moderate competence, or upright poverty and solid happiness, of his descendants, to this day.†   (source)
  • To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable.†   (source)
  • Now the co-presence of something regular, something to which the mind has been accustomed in various moods and in a less excited state, cannot but have great efficacy in tempering and restraining the passion by an intertexture of ordinary feeling, and of feeling not strictly and necessarily connected with the passion.†   (source)
  • But a day spent in sitting shivering over the fire with a book in her hand, which she was unable to read, or in lying, weary and languid, on a sofa, did not speak much in favour of her amendment; and when, at last, she went early to bed, more and more indisposed, Colonel Brandon was only astonished at her sister's composure, who, though attending and nursing her the whole day, against Marianne's inclination, and forcing proper medicines on her at night, trusted, like Marianne, to the certainty and efficacy of sleep, and felt no real alarm.†   (source)
  • "Without expecting any thanks, or anything of the sort," resumed Camilla, "I have remained in that state, hours and hours, and Raymond is a witness of the extent to which I have choked, and what the total inefficacy of ginger has been, and I have been heard at the piano-forte tuner's across the street, where the poor mistaken children have even supposed it to be pigeons cooing at a distance,—and now to be told—" Here Camilla put her hand to her throat, and began to be quite chemical as to the formation of new combinations there.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "in-" in inefficacy means not and reverses the meaning of efficacy. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.
  • Supposing this person, wearied at the inefficacy of the poison, should, as Monte Cristo intimated, have recourse to steel!†   (source)
  • This censorial body, therefore, proves at the same time, by its researches, the existence of the disease, and by its example, the inefficacy of the remedy.†   (source)
  • To the People of the State of New York: AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America.†   (source)
  • The financial success achieved by Ephraim Marks and Charles A. James, the former by his 1d bazaar at 42 George's street, south, the latter at his 6 1/2d shop and world's fancy fair and waxwork exhibition at 30 Henry street, admission 2d, children 1d: and the infinite possibilities hitherto unexploited of the modern art of advertisement if condensed in triliteral monoideal symbols, vertically of maximum visibility (divined), horizontally of maximum legibility (deciphered) and of magnetising efficacy to arrest involuntary attention, to interest, to convince, to decide.†   (source)
  • Provisions for giving due efficacy to all these powers.†   (source)
  • FNA1-@1 Its full efficacy will be examined hereafter.†   (source)
  • And it is acknowledged on all hands, that this is essential to the efficacy of the revenue laws.†   (source)
  • It might allege a necessity of doing this in order to give efficacy to the national revenues.†   (source)
  • Now, I say, is the time when the virtue that is in thee is ripe, and endowed with efficacy to work the good that is looked for from thee.†   (source)
  • Nor are the other rites, as of Marriage, of Extreme Unction, of Visitation of the Sick, of Consecrating Churches, and Church-yards, and the like, exempt from Charms; in as much as there is in them the use of Enchanted Oyle, and Water, with the abuse of the Crosse, and of the holy word of David, "Asperges me Domine Hyssopo," as things of efficacy to drive away Phantasmes, and Imaginery Spirits.†   (source)
  • Sir,' said he, in a great surprise, 'I do not mean that you should separate, but marry them, by a written contract, signed by both man and woman, and by all the witnesses present, which all the European laws decree to be of sufficient efficacy.†   (source)
  • The efficacy of various principles is now well understood, which were either not known at all, or imperfectly known to the ancients.†   (source)
  • The good woman no sooner felt the gold within her palm, than her temper began (such is the efficacy of that panacea) to be mollified.†   (source)
  • To the blanc moon
    Her office they prescribed; to the other five
    Their planetary motions, and aspects,
    In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite,
    Of noxious efficacy, and when to join
    In synod unbenign; and taught the fixed
    Their influence malignant when to shower,
    Which of them rising with the sun, or falling,
    Should prove tempestuous: To the winds they set
    Their corners, when with bluster to confound
    Sea, air, and shore; the thunder when to roll
    With terrour through the dark aereal hall.†   (source)
  • Square was rejoiced to find this adventure was likely to have no worse conclusion; and as for Molly, being recovered from her confusion, she began at first to upbraid Square with having been the occasion of her loss of Jones; but that gentleman soon found the means of mitigating her anger, partly by caresses, and partly by a small nostrum from his purse, of wonderful and approved efficacy in purging off the ill humours of the mind, and in restoring it to a good temper.†   (source)
  • "the Magicians also did so with their Enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt;" will not a man be apt to attribute Miracles to Enchantments; that is to say, to the efficacy of the sound of Words; and think the same very well proved out of this, and other such places?†   (source)
  • The second answer is, that the existence of such a power in the Constitution will have a strong influence in giving efficacy to requisitions.†   (source)
  • In each of the latter, the efficacy of the federal resolutions depends on the subsequent and voluntary resolutions of the states composing the union.†   (source)
  • The peace of society and the stability of government depend absolutely on the efficacy of the precautions adopted on this head.†   (source)
  • The SIXTH and last class consists of the several powers and provisions by which efficacy is given to all the rest.†   (source)
  • It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.†   (source)
  • Though this principle does not run through all the powers delegated to the Union, yet it pervades and governs those on which the efficacy of the rest depends.†   (source)
  • Whatever efficacy the union may have had in ordinary cases, it appears that the moment a cause of difference sprang up, capable of trying its strength, it failed.†   (source)
  • Let us examine the points in which it varies from pure democracy, and we shall comprehend both the nature of the cure and the efficacy which it must derive from the Union.†   (source)
  • The first point depends upon this obvious consideration, that there ought always to be a constitutional method of giving efficacy to constitutional provisions.†   (source)
  • The Parliament, it is true, is sometimes seen employing itself in altering the existing laws to conform them to the stipulations in a new treaty; and this may have possibly given birth to the imagination, that its co-operation was necessary to the obligatory efficacy of the treaty.†   (source)
  • They are not found to be such on the injustice and violence of individuals, and lose their efficacy in proportion to the number combined together, that is, in proportion as their efficacy becomes needful.†   (source)
  • It is only to be lamented that any of her citizens should wish to deprive her of the additional merit of displaying its full efficacy in the establishment of the comprehensive system now under her consideration.†   (source)
  • But the convention have pursued a mean in this business, which will both facilitate the exercise of the power vested in this respect in the executive magistrate, and make its efficacy to depend on the sense of a considerable part of the legislative body.†   (source)
  • Let us examine whether there be any comparison, in point of efficacy, between the provision alluded to and that which is contained in the new Constitution, for restraining the appropriations of money for military purposes to the period of two years.†   (source)
  • Besides this, the ministerial servant of the Senate could not be expected to enjoy the confidence and respect of foreign powers in the same degree with the constitutional representatives of the nation, and, of course, would not be able to act with an equal degree of weight or efficacy.†   (source)
  • Particular provisions, though not altogether useless, have far less virtue and efficacy than are commonly ascribed to them; and the want of them will never be, with men of sound discernment, a decisive objection to any plan which exhibits the leading characters of a good government.†   (source)
  • But experience assures us, that the efficacy of the provision has been greatly overrated; and that some more adequate defense is indispensably necessary for the more feeble, against the more powerful, members of the government.†   (source)
  • Among the provisions for giving efficacy to the federal powers might be added those which belong to the executive and judiciary departments: but as these are reserved for particular examination in another place, I pass them over in this.†   (source)
  • As a further provision for the efficacy of the federal powers, they took an oath mutually to defend and protect the united cities, to punish the violators of this oath, and to inflict vengeance on sacrilegious despoilers of the temple.†   (source)
  • They will depend merely on the majority of votes in the federal legislature, and consequently each vote, whether proceeding from a larger or smaller State, or a State more or less wealthy or powerful, will have an equal weight and efficacy: in the same manner as the votes individually given in a State legislature, by the representatives of unequal counties or other districts, have each a precise equality of value and effect; or if there be any difference in the case, it proceeds from the difference in the personal character of the individual representative, rather than from any regard to the extent of the district from which he comes.†   (source)
  • It is evident from these considerations, that the plurality of the Executive tends to deprive the people of the two greatest securities they can have for the faithful exercise of any delegated power, first, the restraints of public opinion, which lose their efficacy, as well on account of the division of the censure attendant on bad measures among a number, as on account of the uncertainty on whom it ought to fall; and, secondly, the opportunity of discovering with facility and clearness the misconduct of the persons they trust, in order either to their removal from office or to their actual punishment in cases which admit of it.†   (source)
  • And unless it can be shown that the circumstances which may affect the public safety are reducible within certain determinate limits; unless the contrary of this position can be fairly and rationally disputed, it must be admitted, as a necessary consequence, that there can be no limitation of that authority which is to provide for the defense and protection of the community, in any matter essential to its efficacy that is, in any matter essential to the FORMATION, DIRECTION, or SUPPORT of the NATIONAL FORCES.†   (source)
  • This provision for the support of the judges bears every mark of prudence and efficacy; and it may be safely affirmed that, together with the permanent tenure of their offices, it affords a better prospect of their independence than is discoverable in the constitutions of any of the States in regard to their own judges.†   (source)
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