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disposition
used in Gulliver's Travels

2 meanings, 28 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a kind disposition
Definition
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
  • whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (16% in)
disposition = mood
  • But what I chiefly admired ... was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics,
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (18% in)
disposition = inclination (in this case, a tendency to have an interest)
There are no more uses of "disposition" flagged with this meaning in Gulliver's Travels.

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2  —1 use as in:
strategic troop disposition
Definition
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
  • and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (47% in)
disposition = the arrangement or position
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  • But, if these censurers were better acquainted with the noble and courteous disposition of the Houyhnhnms, they would soon change their opinion.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (81% in)
  • And it must be owned, that seven months were a sufficient time to correct every vice and folly to which Yahoos are subject, if their natures had been capable of the least disposition to virtue or wisdom.
    Introductory Sections (62% in)
  • My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (2% in)
  • He gains favour by his mild disposition.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (17% in)
  • I took all possible methods to cultivate this favourable disposition.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (32% in)
  • ...thought the want of moral virtues was so far from being supplied by superior endowments of the mind, that employments could never be put into such dangerous hands as those of persons so qualified; and, at least, that the mistakes committed by ignorance, in a virtuous disposition, would never be of such fatal consequence to the public weal, as the practices of a man, whose inclinations led him to be corrupt, and who had great abilities to manage, to multiply, and defend his corruptions.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (67% in)
  • I had indeed heard and read enough of the dispositions of great princes and ministers, but never expected to have found such terrible effects of them, in so remote a country, governed, as I thought, by very different maxims from those in Europe.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (78% in)
  • That if his majesty, in consideration of your services, and pursuant to his own merciful disposition, would please to spare your life, and only give orders to put out both your eyes, he humbly conceived, that by this expedient justice might in some measure be satisfied, and all the world would applaud the lenity of the emperor, as well as the fair and generous proceedings of those who have the honour to be his counsellors.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (83% in)
  • But not being at that time in a disposition to philosophise upon this phenomenon, I rather chose to observe what course the island would take, because it seemed for awhile to stand still.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (7% in)
  • [The humours and dispositions of the Laputians described.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (9% in)
  • I have indeed observed the same disposition among most of the mathematicians I have known in Europe, although I could never discover the least analogy between the two sciences; unless those people suppose, that because the smallest circle has as many degrees as the largest, therefore the regulation and management of the world require no more abilities than the handling and turning of a globe; but I rather take this quality to spring from a very common infirmity of human nature,...
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (18% in)
  • And he appealed to me, whether in those countries I had travelled, as well as my own, I had not observed the same general disposition.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (90% in)
  • He was extremely curious to know "from what part of the country I came, and how I was taught to imitate a rational creature; because the Yahoos (whom he saw I exactly resembled in my head, hands, and face, that were only visible), with some appearance of cunning, and the strongest disposition to mischief, were observed to be the most unteachable of all brutes."
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (18% in)
  • Alliance by blood, or marriage, is a frequent cause of war between princes; and the nearer the kindred is, the greater their disposition to quarrel; poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (33% in)
  • In the trial of persons accused for crimes against the state, the method is much more short and commendable: the judge first sends to sound the disposition of those in power, after which he can easily hang or save a criminal, strictly preserving all due forms of law.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (38% in)
  • He was the more confirmed in this opinion, because, he observed, that as I agreed in every feature of my body with other Yahoos, except where it was to my real disadvantage in point of strength, speed, and activity, the shortness of my claws, and some other particulars where nature had no part; so from the representation I had given him of our lives, our manners, and our actions, he found as near a resemblance in the disposition of our minds.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (50% in)
  • He had heard, indeed, some curious Houyhnhnms observe, that in most herds there was a sort of ruling Yahoo (as among us there is generally some leading or principal stag in a park), who was always more deformed in body, and mischievous in disposition, than any of the rest; that this leader had usually a favourite as like himself as he could get, whose employment was to lick his master's feet and posteriors, and drive the female Yahoos to his kennel; for which he was now and then...
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (54% in)
  • Another thing he wondered at in the Yahoos, was their strange disposition to nastiness and dirt; whereas there appears to be a natural love of cleanliness in all other animals.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (55% in)
  • Yet I am of opinion, this defect arises chiefly from a perverse, restive disposition; for they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (59% in)
  • As these noble Houyhnhnms are endowed by nature with a general disposition to all virtues, and have no conceptions or ideas of what is evil in a rational creature, so their grand maxim is, to cultivate reason, and to be wholly governed by it.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (61% in)
  • ...that there seemed to be much truth in this tradition, and that those creatures could not be yinhniamshy (or aborigines of the land), because of the violent hatred the Houyhnhnms, as well as all other animals, bore them, which, although their evil disposition sufficiently deserved, could never have arrived at so high a degree if they had been aborigines, or else they would have long since been rooted out; that the inhabitants, taking a fancy to use the service of the Yahoos, had, very...
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (66% in)
  • When I thought of my family, my friends, my countrymen, or the human race in general, I considered them, as they really were, Yahoos in shape and disposition, perhaps a little more civilized, and qualified with the gift of speech; but making no other use of reason, than to improve and multiply those vices whereof their brethren in this country had only the share that nature allotted them.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (75% in)
  • He concluded, "that for his own part, he could have been content to keep me in his service as long as I lived; because he found I had cured myself of some bad habits and dispositions, by endeavouring, as far as my inferior nature was capable, to imitate the Houyhnhnms."
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (77% in)
  • All which he looked upon as if it were a dream or a vision; whereat I took great offence; for I had quite forgot the faculty of lying, so peculiar to Yahoos, in all countries where they preside, and, consequently, their disposition of suspecting truth in others of their own species.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (87% in)
  • But, instead of proposals for conquering that magnanimous nation, I rather wish they were in a capacity, or disposition, to send a sufficient number of their inhabitants for civilizing Europe, by teaching us the first principles of honour, justice, truth, temperance, public spirit, fortitude, chastity, friendship, benevolence, and fidelity.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (95% in)

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