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prevail as in:  reason will prevail

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  • The defending champions prevailed again.
    prevailed = won (proved to be superior)
  • Big Ma didn't answer immediately; she was occupied in a test of wills with Jack. When hers had prevailed and Jack had settled into a moderate trot, she replied moodily...   (source)
    prevailed = proved superior or won
  • There is a saying in the Quran, "The falsehood has to go and the truth will prevail."   (source)
    prevail = prove superior or win
  • Eventually, the spirit of reconciliation prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won (became dominant)
  • As Washington was unwilling to leave me surrounded by the malignant fever which prevailed, I could not think of hazarding her and the Children any longer by my continuance in the city, the house in which we lived being, in a manner, blockaded, by the disorder.   (source)
    prevailed = was common
  • On the surface, at least, a remarkable civility prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won (was accepted)
  • She paused, and then she said, "May the right prevail."   (source)
    prevail = win or succeed
  • The fake peace that prevailed on Sundays was made more irritating by Aunt Alexandra's presence.   (source)
    prevailed = was common
  • But there were many others who saw the situation differently, and it was their counsel that prevailed in the end.   (source)
    prevailed = won (was accepted)
  • So once again, just as I do every Day, I begin to read the notebook aloud, so that she can hear it, in the hope that the miracle that has come to dominate my life will once again prevail.   (source)
    prevail = overcome other forces and show itself
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  • They encouraged my hunger to prevail.   (source)
    prevail = do well (prove superior or win)
  • Justice will prevail.   (source)
    prevail = prove superior or win
  • He'd also demonstrated a remarkable ability to prevail over adversity.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • The important thing is you have prevailed. And you saved Annabeth!   (source)
    prevailed = succeeded or won
  • After several hours, our view prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won (was accepted)
  • They come from a long line of warriors who have prevailed in the face of many armies for centuries.   (source)
    prevailed = proved superior or won
  • It would be at Camp Pendleton that the 5th Division learned the skills needed to prevail on the Road to Tokyo.   (source)
    prevail = win or succeed
  • Lord Denby prevails, and he and Simon return to the ball.   (source)
    prevails = wins
  • These less obvious consequences will rarely prevail over the immediate interest one party may have in disregarding the rights of another or the good of the whole.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • Too many farmers had assumed, without due enquiry, that on such a farm a spirit of license and indiscipline would prevail.   (source)
    prevail = overcome other forces and show itself
  • I have always felt strongly that right should prevail.   (source)
    prevail = win (overcome other forces)
  • She wept, too, to see that her sweeter counsels had prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won (been accepted)
  • Knowing your natural temper better than I, he could the better judge what arguments to use, whether of tenderness or terror, such as might prevail over your hardness and obstinacy, insomuch that you should no longer hide the name of him who tempted you to this grievous fall.   (source)
    prevail = prove superior or win
  • But when Dunstan's meditation reached this point, the inclination to go on grew strong and prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won (was accepted)
  • I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • But wisdom prevailed in the camp of the faithful and many lives were thus saved.   (source)
    prevailed = won out (was accepted)
  • I tried to heed Rob's advice, but my latent claustrophobia prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won
  • The most numerous group or, in other words, the most powerful faction will prevail.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • True affection and love have a purity which shall always prevail over bigotry.   (source)
  • This view prevailed, despite Manilal Gandhi's strong objections.   (source)
    prevailed = was common
  • His opposition would prevail only if it was supported by a very large part of congress.   (source)
    prevail = win (overcome other forces)
  • The strongest force would prevail, whether it supported or defied the national authority.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • And it will prevail in all free governments.   (source)
    prevail = prove superior or win
  • In all governments, the community's objectives should prevail over the objectives of its rulers.   (source)
    prevail = win or succeed
  • However, let's assume, for argument's sake, that selfish interests prevail.   (source)
    prevail = prove superior or win
  • In one case, the current legislature denied the opinions of the council and actually prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = won
  • When the king prevailed, it was usually because the barons abused their citizens.   (source)
  • If the former sometimes prevailed, my excuse is that it has not been often or much.   (source)
  • The army had wanted to imprison him, but the intelligence service had prevailed and taken him to Bajaur so that he could slip across the border to Afghanistan.   (source)
    prevailed = succeeded or won
  • Tensions rose, but peace prevailed, largely because of the tireless efforts of a forward-thinking mayor, Malcolm Maclean, and a nonviolent strategy adopted by black leaders, notably W. W. Law, the head of the local branch of the NAACP.   (source)
    prevailed = won (was accepted)
  • Again, silence prevailed; but that would not do for T.J. "Say, how 'bout we sneak down to that ole Wallace store and learn how to do them new dances?"   (source)
    prevailed = won out (was in effect)
  • He would call off the debt for past wages if Irwin would give him Knighthood. Irwin at first declined, saying the horse was useless. Smith persisted and prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = was successful
  • Marine discipline and the sacrificial bonding of ardent young men was prevailing over concrete, steel, and thick volcanic rock.   (source)
    prevailing = winning
  • I cited many occasions when the ANC and the CP had differed on policy and the ANC had prevailed, but this did not seem to impress them.   (source)
    prevailed = won (been accepted)
  • As long as farm interests prevail in State legislatures, they will also prevail in the national Senate.   (source)
    prevail = prove superior or win
  • This goes against the basic principle of republican government: the will of the majority should prevail.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • The federal Congress will feel the effect of State loyalties more often than a national spirit will prevail in State legislatures.   (source)
    prevail = win (overcome other forces)
  • House Will Prevail in This Situation   (source)
    prevail = win
  • They may not prevail on her wanting to get in, for then the UnDead is desperate, and must find the line of least resistance, whatsoever it may be.   (source)
    prevail = win or succeed
  • There was an unusual understanding of himself, which was unlike anything I had ever met with in a lunatic, and he took it for granted that his reasons would prevail with others entirely sane.   (source)
    prevail = prove superior and be accepted
  • The wind fell away entirely during the evening, and at midnight there was a dead calm, a sultry heat, and that prevailing intensity which, on the approach of thunder, affects persons of a sensitive nature.   (source)
    prevailing = powerful (winning)
  •   Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,
      Displant a town, reverse a prince's doom,
      It helps not, it prevails not,—talk no more.   (source)
    prevails = wins or proves superior
  • Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.   (source)
    prevail = win
  • She was not, however, in her heart perfectly satisfied with his refusal to show her the letter; so deaf are we to the clearest reason, when it argues against our prevailing passions.   (source)
    prevailing = winning
  • And, could it work so much upon your shape
    As it hath much prevailed on your condition,
    I should not know you, Brutus.   (source)
    prevailed = triumphed or influenced
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prevail as in:  she prevailed upon him

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  • She prevailed upon him to make the visit.
  • May I prevail upon your patience as I describe one more complication.
  • I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess.   (source)
    prevail = use persuasion
  • Walter was friendly with a family that lived nearby, and we prevailed upon them to take us in for the night.   (source)
    prevailed = persuaded
  • She prevailed upon me to see her wisdom.   (source)
    prevailed = used persuasion
  • No reason less urgent than this could have prevailed on Nancy to give Godfrey this opportunity of sitting apart with her.   (source)
  • ...when Justine was twelve years of age, prevailed on her mother to allow her to live at our house.   (source)
  • His last journey to London had been undertaken with no other view than that of introducing her brother in Hill Street, and prevailing on the Admiral to exert whatever interest he might have for getting him on.   (source)
    prevailing = persuading
  • It may not be easy for this court to understand, but it is a fact that for a long time the people had been talking of violence—of the day when they would fight the white man and win back their country, and we, the leaders of the ANC, had nevertheless always prevailed upon them to avoid violence and to use peaceful methods.   (source)
    prevailed = used persuasion
  • She was not to be prevailed on to leave Mr. Crawford.   (source)
    prevailed = persuaded
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  • With his permission my mother prevailed on her rustic guardians to yield their charge to her.   (source)
    prevailed = used persuasion
  • Dolly's exhortation, which was an unusually long effort of speech for her, was uttered in the soothing persuasive tone with which she would have tried to prevail on a sick man to take his medicine, or a basin of gruel for which he had no appetite.   (source)
    prevail = use persuasion
  • Your sister, perhaps, may be prevailed on to spend the day with us, and I shall certainly be at home.   (source)
    prevailed = persuaded
  • It was after the early supper-time at the Red House, and the entertainment was in that stage when bashfulness itself had passed into easy jollity, when gentlemen, conscious of unusual accomplishments, could at length be prevailed on to dance a hornpipe, and when the Squire preferred talking loudly, scattering snuff, and patting his visitors' backs, to sitting longer at the whist-table—a choice exasperating to uncle Kimble, who, being always volatile in sober business hours, became…   (source)
  • Sometimes I could not prevail on myself to enter my laboratory for several days, and at other times I toiled day and night in order to complete my work.   (source)
    prevail = successfully use persuasion
  • She stopt, felt herself getting into a puzzle, and could not be prevailed on to add another word, not by dint of several minutes of supplication and waiting.   (source)
    prevailed = persuaded
  • Something like tranquillity might now be hoped for; and accordingly, when Rebecca had been prevailed on to carry away the tea-things, and Mrs. Price had walked about the room some time looking for a shirt-sleeve, which Betsey at last hunted out from a drawer in the kitchen, the small party of females were pretty well composed, and the mother having lamented again over the impossibility of getting Sam ready in time, was at leisure to think of her eldest daughter and the friends she had…   (source)
  • And now, Fanny, having performed one part of my commission, and shewn you everything placed on a basis the most assured and satisfactory, I may execute the remainder by prevailing on you to accompany me downstairs, where, though I cannot but presume on having been no unacceptable companion myself, I must submit to your finding one still better worth listening to.   (source)
    prevailing = persuading
  • "If I had not been active," said she, "and made a point of being introduced to his mother, and then prevailed on my sister to pay the first visit, I am as certain as I sit here that nothing would have come of it; for Mr. Rushworth is the sort of amiable modest young man who wants a great deal of encouragement, and there were girls enough on the catch for him if we had been idle."   (source)
    prevailed = persuaded
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prevailing as in:  prevailing attitude

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  • At that time, the prevailing belief was that trans fats were healthier than butter.
  • Instead of using prevailing interest rate indexes, they...
    prevailing = most influential
  • Yesterday, the prevailing wisdom changed.
    prevailing = most common, powerful, or influential
  • The prevailing Alaska wisdom held that McCandless was simply one more dreamy half-cocked greenhorn who went into the country expecting to find answers to all his problems and instead found only mosquitoes and a lonely death.   (source)
    prevailing = most common
  • Because of this, and also because of prevailing currents, Isla Nublar lies in a foggy area.   (source)
    prevailing = common and influential
  • The prevailing opinion in the corridors of the courthouse was that Bobby Lee Cook had raised just enough doubt about the state's case to enable jurors to vote "not guilty" in good conscience.   (source)
    prevailing = most common
  • The prevailing color of life in America is a dull, dark green called olive drab.   (source)
    prevailing = most common or most influential
  • He will study the many prevailing schools of thought, but he will not add to them; not yet.   (source)
    prevailing = common or influential
  • And of course the prevailing popular view of Africans at that time contributed to our feeling of amusement.   (source)
  • The punishment against us was never enunciated as an official policy, but it was a renewal of the harsh atmosphere that prevailed upon our arrival on the island.   (source)
    prevailed = were most powerful
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  • The remarkable thing, given the decades of thievery and ruination of the Pimas, is the legacy of dignity and forbearance that prevails amid their exploited culture.   (source)
    prevails = is most common or influential
  • I imagined myself like some tiny sailboat, aimlessly tacking in whatever wind prevailed at the moment.   (source)
    prevailed = was most powerful or influential
  • This method prevails in dictatorships.   (source)
    prevails = is common
  • Do you think this represents the prevailing sentiment around town?   (source)
    prevailing = most common, powerful, or influential
  • The prevailing emotion was simply curiosity.   (source)
    prevailing = most powerful or influential
  • Every quarter of an hour the prevailing perfume of the room was automatically changed.   (source)
    prevailing = currently influential
  • This custom prevails throughout this portion of the South today.   (source)
    prevails = is common
  • These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.   (source)
    prevailing = most common or influential
  • The republican institutions of our country have produced simpler and happier manners than those which prevail in the great monarchies that surround it.   (source)
    prevail = are most common
  • ...suffering the more from that involuntary forbearance which his character and manner commanded, and from not daring to relieve herself by a single attempt at throwing ridicule on his cause. ... It was time to have done with cards, if sermons prevailed; and she was glad to find it necessary to come to a conclusion, and be able to refresh her spirits by a change of place and neighbour.   (source)
    prevailed = were most powerful or influential
  • In fact, small landowners prevail in the New York senate and assembly.   (source)
    prevail = are most common
  • The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s influence, like an echo of Gandhi's, prevails.   (source)
    prevails = is most common, powerful, or influential
  • When you add to these activities the constant comings and goings of the tenants who live in the upstairs apartments—they must all walk through Mr. Odom's entrance hall to reach the stairway—you have an idea of the chaotic atmosphere that prevails.   (source)
    prevails = is common
  • "… Our helper He a-mid the floods," wafted out across the Common in the tempo of a football march, "Of mortal ills prevailing!"   (source)
    prevailing = common or influential
  • It was not an unreasonable argument, but the prevailing view, with which I agreed, was that circumcision was a cultural ritual that had not only a salutary health benefit but an important psychological effect.   (source)
    prevailing = most common
  • They lean with the prevailing winds and employ every fallacy of logic in order to editorialize harmoniously with popular prejudices.   (source)
    prevailing = most common or influential
  • This is not to say that either the conduct of war, or the prevailing attitude towards it, has become less bloodthirsty or more chivalrous.   (source)
    prevailing = most powerful or influential
  • But they had been foreshadowed by the various systems, generally called totalitarian, which had appeared earlier in the century, and the main outlines of the world which would emerge from the prevailing chaos had long been obvious.   (source)
    prevailing = powerful and influential
  • In Oceania the prevailing philosophy is called Ingsoc, in Eurasia it is called Neo-Bolshevism, and in Eastasia it is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-Worship, but perhaps better rendered as Obliteration of the Self.   (source)
    prevailing = most powerful or influential
  • Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph.   (source)
  • We pray you, throw to earth This unprevailing woe; and think of us As of a father: for let the world take note You are the most immediate to our throne; And with no less nobility of love Than that which dearest father bears his son Do I impart toward you.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unprevailing means not and reverses the meaning of prevailing. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
    prevails = is common
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prevail as in:  rare, but still prevails

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  • Though rare, the ancient practice still prevails today.
    prevails = is in force
  • The trial by jury prevails only in the courts of common law and there are exceptions.   (source)
  • Though segregation and discrimination still prevail and still work a hardship, great strides have been made—strides that must give hope to every observer of the South.   (source)
    prevail = have an influence
  • The tankards are on the side-table still, but the bossed silver is undimmed by handling, and there are no dregs to send forth unpleasant suggestions: the only prevailing scent is of the lavender and rose-leaves that fill the vases of Derbyshire spar.   (source)
    prevailing = having an effect
  • …she found, while they were at table, such a happy flow of conversation prevailing, in which she was not required to take any part—   (source)
    prevailing = being in force
  • As these were the best of her hopes, they could not always prevail; and in the course of a long morning, spent principally with her two aunts, she was often under the influence of much less sanguine views.   (source)
    prevail = come into effect
  • Half an hour followed that would have been at least languid under any other circumstances, but Fanny's happiness still prevailed.   (source)
    prevailed = was in force
  • I had thought you peculiarly free from wilfulness of temper, self-conceit, and every tendency to that independence of spirit which prevails so much in modern days, even in young women, and which in young women is offensive and disgusting beyond all common offence.   (source)
    prevails = is in force
  • Miss Crawford saw much of Sir Thomas's thoughts as he stood, and having, in spite of all his wrongs towards her, a general prevailing desire of recommending herself to him, took an opportunity of stepping aside to say something agreeable of Fanny.   (source)
    prevailing = having an effect
  • The remaining three, Mrs. Rushworth, Mrs. Norris, and Julia, were still far behind; for Julia, whose happy star no longer prevailed, was obliged to keep by the side of Mrs. Rushworth, and restrain her impatient feet to that lady's slow pace, while her aunt, having fallen in with the housekeeper, who was come out to feed the pheasants, was lingering behind in gossip with her.   (source)
    prevailed = was in force
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  • Down to the keels, and upward to the sails,
    The fire descends, or mounts, but still prevails;
    Nor buckets pour'd, nor strength of human hand,
    Can the victorious element withstand.   (source)
    prevails = is in force
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  • We still store those instincts in our genes, and they express themselves when certain circumstances prevail.†   (source)
  • They were so cunning and strong, how could any real man be expected to prevail against them?†   (source)
  • For she was not without her own selfish desires: to hold things motionless, to measure herself against them and find herself present, to know that she was alive precisely because he needn't acknowledge her in casual passing; that utter constancy might prevail if she attended the world so carefully.†   (source)
  • Given the prevailing sobriety of her expression, it was unclear what she thought of this music from another era.†   (source)
  • I planned to demand an apology (and fight the guy if necessary), but my common sense prevailed and I shut the door before I got out of the car.†   (source)
  • While Lale enjoys the goals, common sense prevails when he looks at the angry faces of the SS.†   (source)
  • Fifty years ago, the prevailing concept in the American criminal justice system was that everyone in the community is the victim when an offender commits a violent crime.†   (source)
  • I hoped that diplomacy might prevail, that Hera or Demeter or Hestia would make the two brothers see sense.†   (source)
  • I had feared the brotherhood's reputation for secrecy might prevail.†   (source)
  • "Well, it appears that logic has prevailed yet again," he said.†   (source)
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  • I prevailed upon the Meanys to use Hurd's Church—and to let the Rev. Lewis Merrill perform the service.†   (source)
  • And if his champion should prevail here—†   (source)
  • Order would prevail.†   (source)
  • Or maybe three or four years from now, or three or four days from now, the prevailing winds take the balloon back home, because it needs money, or it sobered up, or it misses its kid brother.†   (source)
  • I noticed too that the windbreak was angled against the prevailing winds.†   (source)
  • It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.†   (source)
  • I wanted to try it out there and then but wiser heads prevailed.†   (source)
  • WHO WILL PREVAIL?†   (source)
  • The next afternoon, however, their love prevails.†   (source)
  • (& Most Important) Astutely gauged the prevailing temper, and not just rejected, but rejected outright and extremely rudely, all of Baby Kochamma's advances and small seductions†   (source)
  • and vice versa Lawyers who prevailed in the snake pit excelled at winging it.†   (source)
  • Again Eragon struggled against their efforts to stop him, and again-to their obvious anger-he prevailed.†   (source)
  • Things that should never have happened, that seemed out of place and wrong, these were what prevailed, what endured, in the end.†   (source)
  • Once the domain of the prevailing Nez Perce tribe, the remnants of their presence are scattered throughout this wilderness, as well as those of white settlers traveling through on their way to the West.†   (source)
  • None of those expectations we just listed are going to prevail; in fact, quite the opposite.†   (source)
  • Socrates is a good example of a person who managed to free himself from the prevailing views of his time by his own intelligence.†   (source)
  • He had already written down one of Confucius' sayings on the blackboard by the time we'd all sat down at our little wooden desks: When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all.†   (source)
  • But common sense prevailed.†   (source)
  • I think men of common sense will prevail.†   (source)
  • Ferris prevailed.†   (source)
  • And I can't prevail upon you to stay for dinner?†   (source)
  • Oh, I'll grant you I should have taught her something to prevail against her desire to kill Lestat.†   (source)
  • If you are crazy, the first interpreter's viewpoint, the tiger theory, will prevail.†   (source)
  • The idea of a peninsular Macondo prevailed for a long time, inspired by the arbitrary map that Jose Arcadio Buendia sketched on his return from the expedition.†   (source)
  • Cooler heads prevailed—his.†   (source)
  • The prevailing theory in articles from the late sixties seemed to be that she drowned and was swept out to sea—a tragedy, but something that could happen to any family.†   (source)
  • Slowly her long years of training prevailed.†   (source)
  • Other men will prevail, and soon the great avenues will be open again, where free men will walk, to build a better society.†   (source)
  • The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men!†   (source)
  • I need time alone in the garden to formulate my battle plans, so could I prevail upon you two to personally escort Buttercup to my bedchamber?†   (source)
  • Love will prevail.†   (source)
  • Beauty might prevail in the very short term, but in the medium and longer terms, cultural norms—primarily those values and norms influenced by family—were more important.†   (source)
  • What order could prevail against so grim a privacy?†   (source)
  • He is doing what he can, after all, to ensure that peace will continue to prevail in Europe.†   (source)
  • The political philosophy that now prevails in so much of the West — with its demand for lower taxes, smaller government, an unbridled free market stands in total contradiction to the region's true economic underpinnings.†   (source)
  • All I can say is that I prevailed.†   (source)
  • It had taken Mia months to prevail upon Kat, but prevail she did.†   (source)
  • The dominant camp—which was backed by the World Health Organization and initially prevailed—insisted that the solution lay in improving primary care.†   (source)
  • We must prevail.'†   (source)
  • How can cool heads like Tom's prevail when the general feeling is to stand up and fight?†   (source)
  • "I prevailed on my church steering committee ....I haven't told them yet," Harris said, almost in a whisper.†   (source)
  • Much to the distress of psychiatrists and liberal jurists, the Rule prevails in the courts of the British Commonwealth and, in the United States, in the courts of all but half a dozen or so of the states and the District of Columbia, which abide by the more lenient, though to some minds impractical, Durham Rule, which is simply that an accused is not criminally responsible if his unlawful act is the product of mental disease or mental defect.†   (source)
  • In fact, with the aid of Gus's two dollars, Dish had been able to prevail on Lorena.†   (source)
  • The prevailing wind was westerly, as at Efrafa.†   (source)
  • In the end, J. T. prevailed.†   (source)
  • He'd brought his mother here, prevailing over her own fatalism and his wife's practical misgivings.†   (source)
  • I also learned that outside school another set of rules prevailed.†   (source)
  • The prevailing rumor was that the BOP had "closed" the Camp, accepting only prisoners who were already doing time in other facilities, because they didn't want Martha Stewart designated to Danbury.†   (source)
  • One rain-soaked Friday night in late October, Grace prevailed on him to stay over.†   (source)
  • East meets west in Iran, and no one is yet sure which lifestyle will prevail.†   (source)
  • Where the odors of tempura, raw fish and cha had dominated, the aroma of chitlings, greens and ham hocks now prevailed.†   (source)
  • But silence prevailed.†   (source)
  • Not even Hildreth's special talent with powder prevailed.†   (source)
  • But inside the rooms, calm usually prevails.†   (source)
  • Everywhere the greatest terror and confusion seemed to prevail.†   (source)
  • At the field a heavy silence prevailed, overpowering motion like a ruthless, insensate spell holding in thrall the only beings who might break it.†   (source)
  • Fortunately, good sense prevails.†   (source)
  • I had always believed that the Catholic Church was evidence of religious survival of the fittest: the truest, most powerful ideas were the ones that had prevailed over time.†   (source)
  • While offering to the Lord the results of Mr. Cowper's hallucination, or declaring it was Love that lifted her, Jean Louise shared the warmness that prevails among diverse individuals who find themselves in the same boat for one hour each week.†   (source)
  • But we prevailed.†   (source)
  • But they cannot prevail without help, and there is no High King to draw together those who might come to their aid.†   (source)
  • Although it is not my way to interfere with the outer realm of men, I prevailed upon my husband—who had not only inherited Uncle Lu's vast holdings but had added to them from the salt business profits and now had fields that stretched all way to Jintian—to find something for this young man to do besides slaughter pigs.†   (source)
  • Outside, the prevailing wind snuffled and whined around the ground-level eaves.†   (source)
  • According to Clay, the prevailing explanation for my foray into the Josh Bennett Dead Zone is that I must already be dead.†   (source)
  • Others have connections upon whom we could prevail.†   (source)
  • A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing ....†   (source)
  • But Howard insisted, and prevailed.†   (source)
  • Instinct prevailed.†   (source)
  • If their influence prevails, we'll be all right.†   (source)
  • But if I read the signs back yonder rightly, the Orcs of the White Hand prevailed, and the whole company is now bound for Isengard.†   (source)
  • May justice prevail.†   (source)
  • So it is not surprising that a Midwestern accent would initially prevail in California.†   (source)
  • But praise God, right will prevail.†   (source)
  • One cannot expect the forms of the past to prevail, but will you marry diis man?†   (source)
  • Why it had been sent was as yet unrevealed, but, judging by precedent, there had very likely been a phase of irreligious arrogance prevailing at the time.†   (source)
  • Lee prevails upon him to stay.†   (source)
  • She protested, but he prevailed and soon they saw their chickens perform a dance of death, dying of exhaustion and hunger, a few managing to escape along Inner Flower Road, some kidnapped by a furious Lalla in the folds of her large brown dress and taken to Palm Lodge where she had them cooked.†   (source)
  • Yet the local sovereigns usually prevailed when the monarch tried to take more power.†   (source)
  • With luck we will prevail.†   (source)
  • It was the soil, so fresh, so robust, so much better quality than Chinese soil; Chinese soil having been prevailed upon for too many thousands of years.†   (source)
  • In the course of such time, without even realizing it, one takes on the characteristics of the locality, the color and stamp of the prevailing dress and gait and even speech—those gentle bells of the sidewalk passersby, their How are yous and Good days and Hellos.†   (source)
  • The massive global conglomerates, like Bosch, might be able to command discounts when buying, say, specially formulated metals; but Standard has to pay the prevailing price, and for years now, that price has been rising.†   (source)
  • Red prevailed, and he was back on the job shortly after being discharged from the hospital.†   (source)
  • Puzzling over this question in 1863, Confederate War Department clerk John Jones wrote in his diary: "Our men must prevail in combat, or lose their property, country, freedom, everything....On the other hand the enemy, in yielding the contest, may retire into their own country, and possess everything they enjoyed before the war began."†   (source)
  • Otherwise, the shadows prevailed.†   (source)
  • From now on reason will prevail.†   (source)
  • Tell them that we prevail.†   (source)
  • When I trained my glasses on the gully (the telescope was not as good as ordinary binoculars for night viewing, in the twilight conditions which then prevailed) she had already emerged and was standing facing the point where the strangers were.†   (source)
  • JAMES sits, and a moveless silence prevails; KELLER'S eyes do not leave him†   (source)
  • The bleak weather that prevails in these latitudes at this time of year did little to improve my mood.†   (source)
  • Furthermore, it possessed the luxury of a kitchenette and a small private bathroom in which the toilet and tub appeared almost jarringly white against the prevailing peppermint.†   (source)
  • The race in this way became a race for racing drivers only; in the prevailing difficulties of transport not very many spectators could be expected to drive forty miles out of the city to see it.†   (source)
  • The blind love of a mother for her child, the stupid, blind pride of a conceited father for his only son, the blind, wild desire of a young, vain woman for jewelry and admiring glances from men, all of these urges, all of this childish stuff, all of these simple, foolish, but immensely strong, strongly living, strongly prevailing urges and desires were now no childish notions for Siddhartha any more, he saw people living for their sake, saw them achieving infinitely much for their sake, travelling, conducting wars, suffering infinitely much, bearing infinitely much, and he could love them for it, he saw life, that what is alive, the indestructible, the Brahman in each o†   (source)
  • He has prevailed, and there can be only one reason: he was right.†   (source)
  • Nor had I ever been part of the enormous, grass-prevailing silences of the ever-shifting marsh.†   (source)
  • Once one becomes accustomed to those that prevail, such as the wind in the trees or in the grass, he soon begins to recognize those other, smaller sounds.†   (source)
  • Chaos prevails in all the rooms.†   (source)
  • There's always a prevailing west wind in these seas all through the late summer, and it always changes after the New Year.†   (source)
  • It may not be easy for this Court to understand, but it is a fact that for a long time the people had been talking of violence — of the day when they would fight the White man and win back their country — and we, the leaders of the ANC, had nevertheless always prevailed upon them to avoid violence and to pursue peaceful methods.†   (source)
  • The signal fire was kept burning on the shelf at the downstream end, the prevailing wind being such that smoke usually did not blow back into the cave— when the wind did shift was unbearable; they were forced to flee, eyes streaming.†   (source)
  • I prevailed on the widow.†   (source)
  • Adams, said the Salem Gazette, is "a popularity seeker ....courting the prevailing party," and one of "Bonaparte's Senators."†   (source)
  • Tell me how reason has finally prevailed.†   (source)
  • I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail.†   (source)
  • Who could tell yet what rules of parenthood prevailed here?†   (source)
  • And of course Edison urged the fair to use direct current, DC, the prevailing standard.†   (source)
  • "Surely our friends at court could be prevailed upon to join us with fresh troops," said Ser Harys.†   (source)
  • Burnham established defenses that by prevailing standards seemed elaborate, even excessive.†   (source)
  • Even the fine weather that prevailed in the first couple of weeks of April caused delays.†   (source)
  • Diplomacy prevailed, however, and she agreed to attend.†   (source)
  • The last thing anyone wants is to live in a society where total honesty prevails.†   (source)
  • Deo was persuaded, but he couldn't get a refund for his plane ticket, and his frugality prevailed.†   (source)
  • He entertained no hope of prevailing against an elf.†   (source)
  • Losses were heavy on both sides, but in the end our loyal men prevailed.†   (source)
  • Strict secrecy prevailed, much to Adams's disapproval.†   (source)
  • The prevailing wisdom is that he's speaking to himself, Doctor.†   (source)
  • Vinge's view was not even controversial in the climate prevailing inside the Firm.†   (source)
  • Eragon feared that even if she prevailed, the Lethrblaka would maim her before she slew them.†   (source)
  • Whatever private feelings either harbored, civility prevailed.†   (source)
  • But calmer heads, including the president's, had prevailed.†   (source)
  • By the evening a kind of holiday spirit prevailed.†   (source)
  • The prevailing opinion was that the war was about to end.†   (source)
  • Instead, Hillary Clinton prevailed on the World Bank to look into giving Russia a loan.†   (source)
  • Three times he attacked, and three times we prevailed.†   (source)
  • "Wickedness prevails very much," declared Lieutenant Joseph Hodgkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts.†   (source)
  • You are sworn companions of the prevailing winds of convenience!†   (source)
  • I have prevailed upon certain people, I will not name them, to give certain releases.†   (source)
  • It was a difficult task, but in the end Roran prevailed.†   (source)
  • Still, the old mind prevailed, the brave old heart hung on.†   (source)
  • As with everything transacted within Congress, secrecy prevailed.†   (source)
  • On one occasion at least your counsel has prevailed, not long ago.†   (source)
  • Here nothing prevailed save the mercy of God?†   (source)
  • The selfsame blend of fire and eeriness
    Prevails outside and in snug dwelling.†   (source)
    The murk of night still prevails.†   (source)
  • I have prevailed on Mr. Walsh to trim his beard somewhat and to indulge his pipe smoking only out of doors, and in time perhaps both of these things, the beard and the pipe too, will disappear altogether, but it's never a good idea to nag and push a man, as it only makes them the more obstinate.†   (source)
  • And Aunt Martha and Uncle Alfred had prevailed upon Hester to bring Owen to Sawyer Depot for Christmas—that was how significantly Owen had managed to impress them.†   (source)
  • The prevailing idea for decades had been that "all victims are equal"—that is, the murder of a four-year-old child of a wealthy parent is no more serious an offense than the murder of a child whose parent is in prison or even than the murder of the parent in prison.†   (source)
  • The only affection that prevailed against time and the war was that which he had felt for his brother Jose Arcadio when they both were children, and it was not based on love but on complicity.†   (source)
  • The term Hellenism refers to both the period of time and the Greek-dominated culture that prevailed in the three Hellenistic kingdoms of Macedonia, Syria, and Egypt.†   (source)
  • In its color, aroma, and taste, it would certainly express the idiosyncratic geology and prevailing climate of its home terrain.†   (source)
  • The prevailing wisdom was that they were the reason we were in there, yet they were utterly absent from our hospital lives.†   (source)
  • There was also hopeless confusion in the corridors of the centre, where a mood of belligerent self-confidence prevailed.†   (source)
  • In tapping into this ancient tale of initiation, she invests the story of Laura's initiation with the accumulated power of the prevailing myth.†   (source)
  • In the humid air, the diesel exhaust was heavy and foul, but I was sure that Mr. Meany could not be prevailed upon to turn the engine off; probably he was keeping the engine running in an effort to hurry up Owen's prayers.†   (source)
  • But the truth never came to light, and the version always prevailed that the royal guard, without provocation of any kind, took up combat positions upon a signal from their commander and opened fire without pity on the crowd.†   (source)
  • SINK: a habitable lowland area on Arrakis surrounded by high ground that protects it from the prevailing storms.†   (source)
  • The thoughts that are washed along with the current of past tradition, as well as the material conditions prevailing at the time, help to determine how you think.†   (source)
  • Finally the wise of both races prevailed, and the chiefs and heroes of the First Men met the greenseers and wood dancers amidst the weirwood groves of a small island in the great lake called Gods Eye.†   (source)
  • In a sip, it would evoke the timing of that winter's thaw, the extent of that summer's rain, the prevailing winds, and the frequency of clouds.†   (source)
  • But in the Count's considered opinion, the reason that dueling prevailed among Russian gentlemen stemmed from nothing more than their passion for the glorious and grandiose.†   (source)
  • And in addition to the brightness of the sun that shone upon him, Owen's face was blood-red—throbbing, I presumed, from his riding his bike into town; for a late November bike ride down Maiden Hill, given the prevailing wind off the Squamscott, was bitter cold.†   (source)
  • The mutated poverty grasses were planted first along the downwind (slipface) of the chosen dunes that stood across the path of the prevailing westerlies.†   (source)
  • Ursula, on the other hand, who had suffered through a process opposite to Amaranta's, recalled Rebeca with a memory free of impurities, for the image of the pitiful child brought to the house with the bag containing her parents ' bones prevailed over the offense that had made her unworthy to be connected to the family tree any longer.†   (source)
  • She was gigantic and sturdy, but over her colossal form a tenderness of femininity prevailed and she had a face that was so beautiful, hands so fine and well cared for, and such an irresistible personal charm that when Aureliano Segundo saw her enter the house he commented in a low voice that he would have preferred to have the tourney in bed and not at the table.†   (source)
  • WINDTRAP: a device placed in the path of a prevailing wind and capable of precipitating moisture from the air caught within it, usually by a sharp and distinct drop in temperature within the trap.†   (source)
  • Ah, Napoleon, perhaps you would never have prevailed in your quest for Mother Russia; but ten degrees warmer and at least you might have reached home with half your forces intact, instead of losing another three hundred thousand men between the gates of Moscow and the banks of the Neman River.†   (source)
  • One of the most persistent problems of the day was "offensive feet," caused by the prevailing habit of washing feet only once a week.†   (source)
  • Having dedicated the first several years to a study of the French (covering their idioms and forms of address, the personalities of Napoleon, Richelieu, and Talleyrand, the essence of the Enlightenment, the genius of Impressionism, and their prevailing aptitude for je ne sail quoi), the Count and Osip spent the next few years studying the British (covering the necessity of tea, the implausible rules of cricket, the etiquette of foxhunting, their relentless if well-deserved pride in Shakespeare, and the all-encompassing, overriding importance of the pub).†   (source)
  • When we have moisture locked in grasslands, we'll move on to start upland forests, then a few open bodies of water—small at first—and situated along lines of prevailing winds with windtrap moisture precipitators spaced in the lines to recapture what the wind steals.†   (source)
  • He broke prevailing rules of casual intimacy: He stood too close, stared too hard, touched too much and long.†   (source)
  • He seemed a druggist in name only; he more closely fit the prevailing ideal of the self-made man who through hard work and invention pulled himself rung by rung into the upper strata of society.†   (source)
  • The Windy City had prevailed.†   (source)
  • Previously Depew had promised the members of the Whitechapel Club that if Chicago prevailed he would present himself at the club's next meeting, to be hacked apart by the Ripper himself—metaphorically, he presumed, although at the Whitechapel Club could one ever be certain?†   (source)
  • The developer of a large Englewood parcel touted this asset in a catalog promoting the auction of two hundred residential lots called the Bates Subdivision: "To the business men of the Union Stock Yards it is particularly convenient and accessible, and free from the odors that are wafted by the prevailing winds to the most fashionable localities of the City."†   (source)
  • But what she wanted to do, in essence, was create a learning epidemic to counter the prevailing epidemics of poverty and illiteracy.†   (source)
  • Yet the doctor had prevailed.†   (source)
  • When he said that, he once again felt compassion prevailing over the bitterness caused by the letter, for which he thanked not his wife but rather a miracle of the music.†   (source)
  • She wasn't here to be his buddy, after all, but expectation and manners prevailed, and she answered before she could stop herself.†   (source)
  • She prevailed on every charge, and she prevailed because she could mount an argument that the Munich Philharmonic could not rebut.†   (source)
  • But reason—or at least a willingness to conquer rational terror—prevailed and Max crept back down the stairs.†   (source)
  • In the newsroom environment through which these essays pass, the prevailing atmosphere is appropriately skeptical and even harsh.†   (source)
  • But Ekström had prevailed.†   (source)
  • I've never loved anyone but you, I wanted to say, but common sense prevailed, reminding me that it would be better to save those words for another time, when I had her full attention and the words might be reciprocated.†   (source)
  • That's the prevailing theory.†   (source)
  • The comic books are drawn in great detail and garishly colored, with green and purple and sulfur-yellow prevailing.†   (source)
  • You will understand then something of the climate prevailing around Darlington Hall by the time of my father's fall in front of the summerhouse — this occurring as it did just two weeks before the first of the conference guests were likely to arrive — and what I mean when I say there was little room for any 'beating about the bush'.†   (source)
  • Thomas had heard the rumors that Ciphus might press Justin into a debate and, if necessary, a physical contest for his defiance of the Council's prevailing doctrine.†   (source)
  • Still, a few mercies prevailed: overnight the rain had let up, the day was warming by degrees, and we seemed to have evaded the wights and their dogs, at least for the time being; either they'd stopped barking or were too far away to be heard.†   (source)
  • We do not yet know the winner of last night's duel, but it is only a matter of time before Otrera prevails and comes to our aid.†   (source)
  • Because I had to try something before letting Eragon and Saphira fly so far away, and because you have made a habit of confounding expectations and prevailing where others would have faltered or given up.†   (source)
  • If it were not for your courage and that of the others who were wounded, we would not have prevailed.†   (source)
  • The cool light of the moon had not prevailed against the darkness of the crevasses, which looked like rivers of black oil.†   (source)
  • In their book, Chicago and the Great Conflagration, Elias Colbert and Everett Chamberlin reported that as early as Tuesday morning a sense of desperation prevailed when "water-carts moving through the streets [were] being surrounded, every time they halted, by men in dressing-gowns and women in their meanest wear, bearing buckets and pitchers, to buy, at a shilling a pailful, the fluid which had suddenly become so precious."†   (source)
  • Therefore one had to observe the swaying grass from the ground and go forward with the prevailing breezes and the sudden mountain winds.†   (source)
  • In a city, relatively minor problems like graffiti, public disorder, and aggressive panhandling, they write, are all the equivalent of broken windows, invitations to more serious crimes: Muggers and robbers, whether opportunistic or professional, believe they reduce their chances of being caught or even identified if they operate on streets where potential victims are already intimidated by prevailing conditions.†   (source)
  • Flamenco dancing had no practical application in the closed society prevailing in the capital back then, but Nicolas ran a discreet announcement in the paper offering his services as a teacher of that fiery art.†   (source)
  • It seemed to him that Lorie had been getting a little friendlier, and if nothing had happened to distract her he might soon have prevailed.†   (source)
  • Thankfully, wiser heads prevailed, and the Conclave accepted the fact of Pycelle's dismissal and set about choosing his successor.†   (source)
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