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  • Likewise it roused his latent sentimental proclivities.   (source)
  • But with the self-combating proclivity of the supersensitive, an answer thereto arose in Clare's own mind, and he almost feared it.   (source)
    proclivity = tendency
  • He mapped out Luigi's character and disposition, his tastes, aversions, proclivities, ambitions, and eccentricities in a way which sometimes made Luigi wince and the others laugh, but both twins declared that the chart was artistically drawn and was correct.   (source)
    proclivities = tendencies
  • "And how splendid his chariot!" replies a neighbor, of the same proclivities.   (source)
    proclivities = preferences
  • Whether through careful consideration spawned by books and spirited debate over coffee at two in the morning, or simply from a natural proclivity, we must all eventually adopt a fundamental framework, some reasonably coherent system of causes and effects that will help us make sense not simply of momentous events, but of all the little actions and interactions that constitute our daily lives—be they deliberate or spontaneous, inevitable or unforeseen.†   (source)
  • Even my grandmother, who was ever alert for what she feared was her wayward daughter's proclivity to jump into things, was impatient with my mother to set a date for the wedding.†   (source)
  • Like his proclivity for spying on street hustlers, the TV is a vital element of Cedric's secondhand life.†   (source)
  • Although he was frustrated by what he now perceived as her New Age proclivities, he also felt that somehow, by not being able to lose himself a second time in the phantasmal blue brightness, he had failed Michelle and Chrissie and Nina.†   (source)
  • Painters and musicians have a marked aesthetic proclivity.†   (source)
  • John's proclivity toward moodiness has increased with each month.   (source)
    proclivity = tendency
  • The boys on the Under 15s felt the conflict between the two worlds more acutely than their younger siblings, if only because they had spent more time in their home countries, which was borne out in the older boys' thicker accents and fondness for the native dress of their parents, proclivities that sometimes drew ridicule from the American kids at school.   (source)
    proclivities = preferences
  • He carried himself with the same self-important air, took his new state with easy familiarity, and rejoiced in Carrie's proclivities and successes.   (source)
    proclivities = tendencies
  • Joan remembered that he had intended to parade her in Dandy Dale's costume to gratify some vain abnormal side of his bandit's proclivities.   (source)
  • He might like to look at her in that outrageous bandit costume; it might have pleased certain vain and notoriety-seeking proclivities of his, habits of his California road-agent days; but she felt that notwithstanding this, once she had donned the long coat he was relieved and glad in spite of himself.   (source)
  • …him a nice daily glass of porter, to be drunk with his snack when he returned from school—a robust brew, as everyone knows, which Dr. Heidekind believed helped build the blood and which, however that might be, Hans Castorp discovered, much to his satisfaction, had a calming effect on his spirits and pleasantly assisted him in his proclivity to "doze"—as his Uncle Tienappel put it—when he would sit with his mouth slightly open, dreaming away without a single firm thought in his head.   (source)
    proclivity = tendency
  • Whether that protest still lives within you as well, seeing that you are following the bidding of the local powers—or whether it is not, rather, the body and its evil proclivities that you all too willingly obey …   (source)
    proclivities = tendencies or preferences
  • "Our Master of the Lodge"—he pointed at Settembrini—"may wish to claim that all pedagogic proclivities, even the very calling itself, belong to bourgeois humanism—but one must take issue with him there."   (source)
    proclivities = tendencies
  • —of the aesthetic proclivity is, in one word, immm-oral!†   (source)
  • And those who do know, whisper that the hunters, while excellent shots, were so notorious for their quarrelsome and rascally proclivities that they could not sign on any decent schooner.†   (source)
  • As for Madeline, she saw that outside of a certain proclivity of the cowboys to be gallant and on dress-parade and alive to possibilities of fun and excitement, they were not greatly different from what they were at all times.†   (source)
  • I'm a grown person with masculine proclivities and habits of self-defense, but there is a time when all systems of egotism and predominance fail.†   (source)
  • After a time, however, in running over all the names of those he knew, he finally struck upon a forlorn hope in the guise of Orrin Short, the young man conducting the one small "gents' furnishing store" in Lycurgus which catered more or less exclusively to the rich youths of the city—a youth of about his own years and proclivities, as Clyde had guessed, who ever since he had been here had been useful to him in the matter of tips as to dress and style in general.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, the visit of Angel Clare to her well-paying tenants, Mr and Mrs d'Urberville, as she deemed them, was sufficiently exceptional in point of time and manner to reinvigorate the feminine proclivity which had been stifled down as useless save in its bearings to the letting trade.†   (source)
  • This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.   (source)
  • Mr Mulligan accepted of the invitation and, expatiating upon his design, told his hearers that he had been led into this thought by a consideration of the causes of sterility, both the inhibitory and the prohibitory, whether the inhibition in its turn were due to conjugal vexations or to a parsimony of the balance as well as whether the prohibition proceeded from defects congenital or from proclivities acquired.   (source)
  • Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their proclivities?   (source)
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