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used in Oliver Twist

2 meanings, 46 uses
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1  —38 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • The contest, however, was too unequal to last long.
    Chapter 50 — The Pursuit and Escape (61% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There being nobody by, however, but a pauper old woman, who was rendered rather misty by an unwonted allowance of beer; and a parish surgeon who did such matters by contract; Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them.
    Chapter 1 — Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born and.... (33% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Be this as it may, however, it was his ninth birthday; and he was keeping it in the coal-cellar with a select party of two other young gentleman, who, after participating with him in a sound thrashing, had been locked up for atrociously presuming to be hungry, when Mrs. Mann, the good lady of the house, was unexpectedly startled by the apparition of Mr. Bumble, the beadle, striving to undo the wicket of the garden-gate.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (20% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Young as he was, however, he had sense enough to make a feint of feeling great regret at going away.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (50% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He had no time to think about the matter, however; for Mr. Bumble gave him a tap on the head, with his cane, to wake him up: and another on the back to make him lively: and bidding him to follow, conducted him into a large white-washed room, where eight or ten fat gentlemen were sitting round a table.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (58% in)
  • To the performance of this feat, however, there was one obstacle: namely, that pocket-handkerchiefs being decided articles of luxury, had been, for all future times and ages, removed from the noses of paupers by the express order of the board, in council assembled: solemnly given and pronounced under their hands and seals.
    Chapter 3 — Relates How Oliver Twist was Very Near Getting a Palce.... (4% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • As they drew near to their destination, however, Mr. Bumble thought it expedient to look down, and see that the boy was in good order for inspection by his new master: which he accordingly did, with a fit and becoming air of gracious patronage.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (65% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, men always think they know best.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (86% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He needn't haven taken the trouble to shrink from Mr. Bumble's glance, however; for that functionary, on whom the prediction of the gentleman in the white waistcoat had made a very strong impression, thought that now the undertaker had got Oliver upon trial the subject was better avoided, until such time as he should be firmly bound for seven years, and all danger of his being returned upon the hands of the parish should be thus effectually and legally overcome.
    Chapter 5 — Oliver Mingles with New Associates. Going to a Funeral.... (56% in)
  • There was not so great a necessity for hurrying as Mr. Sowerberry had anticipated, however; for when they reached the obscure corner of the churchyard in which the nettles grew, and where the parish graves were made, the clergyman had not arrived; and the clerk, who was sitting by the vestry-room fire, seemed to think it by no means improbable that it might be an hour or so, before he came.
    Chapter 5 — Oliver Mingles with New Associates. Going to a Funeral.... (88% in)
  • The angry flush had not disappeared, however; and when he was pulled out of his prison, he scowled boldly on Noah, and looked quite undismayed.
    Chapter 7 — Oliver Continues Refactory (56% in)
  • The flood of tears, however, left him no resource; so he at once gave him a drubbing, which satisfied even Mrs. Sowerberry herself, and rendered Mr. Bumble's subsequent application of the parochial cane, rather unnecessary.
    Chapter 7 — Oliver Continues Refactory (65% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He felt frightened at first, for the wind moaned dismally over the empty fields: and he was cold and hungry, and more alone than he had ever felt before. Being very tired with his walk, however, he soon fell asleep and forgot his troubles.
    Chapter 8 — Oliver Walks to London. He encounters on the Road a.... (15% in)
  • however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
  • Not being prepared, however, it alarmed him the more; so away he went like the wind, with the old gentleman and the two boys roaring and shouting behind him.
    Chapter 10 — Oliver Becomes Better Acquainted with the Characters of His.... (61% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • These, however, had no worse effect than causing her to rub her nose very hard, and then fall asleep again.
    Chapter 12 — In Which Oliver is Taken Better Care of than He Ever was.... (29% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He appeared well used to it, however; for he coiled himself up in a corner very quietly, without uttering a sound, and winking his very ill-looking eyes twenty times in a minute, appeared to occupy himself in taking a survey of the apartment.
    Chapter 13 — Some New Acquaintances Are Introduced to the Intelligent.... (22% in)
  • It is not necessary to make any guesses on the subject, however; for the sudden entrance of the two young ladies whom Oliver had seen on a former occasion, caused the conversation to flow afresh.
    Chapter 13 — Some New Acquaintances Are Introduced to the Intelligent.... (49% in)
  • His expectations were disappointed, however, for the picture had been removed.
    Chapter 14 — Comprising Further Particulars of Oliver's Stay at Mr.... (4% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He was obviously very ill at ease, however.
    Chapter 15 — Showing How Very Fond of Oliver Twist, The Merry Old.... (29% in)
  • As they produced no visible effect on the object against whom they were discharged, however, he resorted to more tangible arguments.
    Chapter 16 — Relates What Became of Oliver Twist, After he had been.... (76% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • But, however,' said the beadle, stopping to unpack his bundle, 'these are official secrets, ma'am; not to be spoken of; except, as I may say, among the porochial officers, such as ourselves.
    Chapter 23 — Which Contains the Substance of a Pleasant Conversation.... (46% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Mr. Bumble, having spread a handkerchief over his knees to prevent the crumbs from sullying the splendour of his shorts, began to eat and drink; varying these amusements, occasionally, by fetching a deep sigh; which, however, had no injurious effect upon his appetite, but, on the contrary, rather seemed to facilitate his operations in the tea and toast department.
    Chapter 23 — Which Contains the Substance of a Pleasant Conversation.... (59% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Whatever were Mr. Bumble's intentions, however (and no doubt they were of the best): it unfortunately happened, as has been twice before remarked, that the table was a round one; consequently Mr. Bumble, moving his chair by little and little, soon began to diminish the distance between himself and the matron; and, continuing to travel round the outer edge of the circle, brought his chair, in time, close to that in which the matron was seated.
    Chapter 23 — Which Contains the Substance of a Pleasant Conversation.... (76% in)
  • By degrees, however, as some of it cleared away through the open door, an assemblage of heads, as confused as the noises that greeted the ear, might be made out; and as the eye grew more accustomed to the scene, the spectator gradually became aware of the presence of a numerous company, male and female, crowded round a long table: at the upper end of which, sat a chairman with a hammer of office in his hand; while a professional gentleman with a bluish nose, and his face tied up for...
    Chapter 26 — In Which a Mysterious Character Appears Upon the Scene.... (20% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It blew from the right quarter for the Jew, however, and straight before it he went: trembling, and shivering, as every fresh gust drove him rudely on his way.
    Chapter 26 — In Which a Mysterious Character Appears Upon the Scene.... (66% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He declined any renewal of the conversation, however, for that night: suddenly remembering that it was past one o'clock.
    Chapter 26 — In Which a Mysterious Character Appears Upon the Scene.... (**% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, he had made off with the blunt; and, consequently, the name of Mr. Chickweed, licensed witler, appeared in the Gazette among the other bankrupts; and all manner of benefits and subscriptions, and I don't know what all, was got up for the poor man, who was in a wery low state of mind about his loss, and went up and down the streets, for three or four days, a pulling his hair off in such a desperate manner that many people was afraid he might be going to make away with himself.
    Chapter 31 — Involves a Critical Position (57% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Upon no one, however, did it make a greater impression than on Mr. Giles himself; who, after labouring, for some hours, under the fear of having mortally wounded a fellow-creature, eagerly caught at this new idea, and favoured it to the utmost.
    Chapter 31 — Involves a Critical Position (90% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The suspicious circumstances, however, resolving themselves, on investigation, into the one fact, that they had been discovered sleeping under a haystack; which, although a great crime, is only punishable by imprisonment, and is, in the merciful eye of the English law, and its comprehensive love of all the King's subjects, held to be no satisfactory proof, in the absence of all other evidence, that the sleeper, or sleepers, have committed burglary accompanied with violence, and have...
    Chapter 31 — Involves a Critical Position (93% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Before he could shut the door, however, the doctor had passed into the parlour, without a word of parley.
    Chapter 32 — Of the Happy Life Oliver Began to Lead with His Kind Friends (26% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He soon came round again, however; and finding that Oliver's replies to his questions, were still as straightforward and consistent, and still delivered with as much apparent sincerity and truth, as they had ever been, he made up his mind to attach full credence to them, from that time forth.
    Chapter 32 — Of the Happy Life Oliver Began to Lead with His Kind Friends (44% in)
  • The circumstance occasioned no alteration, however, in the behaviour of his benefactors.
    Chapter 32 — Of the Happy Life Oliver Began to Lead with His Kind Friends (61% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The circumstance did not dwell in his recollection long, however: for when he reached the cottage, there was enough to occupy his mind, and to drive all considerations of self completely from his memory.
    Chapter 33 — Wherein the Happiness of Oliver and His Friends, Experiences.... (67% in)
  • The husband carried a lantern, from which, however, no light yet shone; and trudged on, a few paces in front, as though—the way being dirty—to give his wife the benefit of treading in his heavy footprints.
    Chapter 38 — Containing an Account of What Passed Between Mr. and Mrs.... (4% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Nancy's appearance gave a new turn to the conversation; for the boys, receiving a sly wink from the wary old Jew, began to ply her with liquor: of which, however, she took very sparingly; while Fagin, assuming an unusual flow of spirits, gradually brought Mr. Sikes into a better temper, by affecting to regard his threats as a little pleasant banter; and, moreover, by laughing very heartily at one or two rough jokes, which, after repeated applications to the spirit-bottle, he...
    Chapter 39 — Introduces Some Respectable Characters with Whom the.... (34% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The Jew, turning round immediately afterwards, she muttered a complaint of the heat: in a tone of languor that contrasted, very remarkably, with the extreme haste and violence of this action: which, however, had been unobserved by Fagin, who had his back towards her at the time.
    Chapter 39 — Introduces Some Respectable Characters with Whom the.... (54% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, Mr. Fagin seemed to interpret the endeavour as expressing a perfect coincidence with his opinion, and put about the liquor which Barney reappeared with, in a very friendly manner.
    Chapter 42 — An Old Acquaintance of Oliver's, Exhibiting Decided Marks.... (60% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • She didn't quite rely, however, on their discontent and poverty for the child's unhappiness, but told the history of the sister's shame, with such alterations as suited her; bade them take good heed of the child, for she came of bad blood; and told them she was illegitimate, and sure to go wrong at one time or other.
    Chapter 51 — Affording an Explanation of More Mysteries than One.... (75% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Oliver Twist.

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2  —3 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • Oliver was but too glad to make himself useful; too happy to have some faces, however bad, to look upon; too desirous to conciliate those about him when he could honestly do so; to throw any objection in the way of this proposal.
    Chapter 18 — How Oliver Passed His Time in the Improving Society of.... (33% in)
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • ...some prudent readers will doubtless be disposed to admire, and to consider an act of great heroism on Mr. Bumble's part: he being in some sort tempted by time, place, and opportunity, to give utterance to certain soft nothings, which however well they may become the lips of the light and thoughtless, do seem immeasurably beneath the dignity of judges of the land, members of parliament, ministers of state, lord mayors, and other great public functionaries, but more particularly...
    Chapter 23 — Which Contains the Substance of a Pleasant Conversation.... (73% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • ...and how ardently he hoped that when he grew strong and well again, he could do something to show his gratitude; only something, which would let them see the love and duty with which his breast was full; something, however slight, which would prove to them that their gentle kindness had not been cast away; but that the poor boy whom their charity had rescued from misery, or death, was eager to serve them with his whole heart and soul.
    Chapter 32 — Of the Happy Life Oliver Began to Lead with His Kind Friends (4% in)
however = regardless of how
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Oliver Twist.

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  • 'No, no,' said the Jew, hastily; as though, however desirous he might be to see the person in question, he was nevertheless relieved by his absence.
    Chapter 26 — In Which a Mysterious Character Appears Upon the Scene.... (35% in)
  • It was too late to do it now, however; so he shook his head gravely, and, pocketing the five guineas, withdrew.
    Chapter 17 — Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great.... (89% in)
  • Above stairs, the remainder of the evening passed cheerfully away; for the doctor was in high spirits; and however fatigued or thoughtful Harry Maylie might have been at first, he was not proof against the worthy gentleman's good humour, which displayed itself in a great variety of sallies and professional recollections, and an abundance of small jokes, which struck Oliver as being the drollest things he had ever heard, and caused him to laugh proportionately; to the evident...
    Chapter 34 — Contains Some Introductory Particulars Relative to a Young.... (64% in)
  • It so happened, however: as it will happen very often, when men fall into company under such circumstances: that Mr. Bumble felt, every now and then, a powerful inducement, which he could not resist, to steal a look at the stranger: and that whenever he did so, he withdrew his eyes, in some confusion, to find that the stranger was at that moment stealing a look at him.
    Chapter 37 — In Which the Reader May Perceive a Contrast, Not Uncommon.... (61% in)
  • 'Why, look'e, young gentleman,' said Toby, 'when a man keeps himself so very ex-clusive as I have done, and by that means has a snug house over his head with nobody a prying and smelling about it, it's rather a startling thing to have the honour of a wisit from a young gentleman (however respectable and pleasant a person he may be to play cards with at conweniency) circumstanced as you are.'
    Chapter 50 — The Pursuit and Escape (22% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in Oliver Twist.

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