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principle
used in The Importance of Being Earnest

2 uses
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Definition
a basic rule or belief
The exact meaning of principle can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "our guiding principles" — basic moral beliefs that guide decisions and behavior
  • "electromagnetic principles" — rules describing how the world works
  • "She lacks principles." — lacks moral guidelines
  • "We agree in principle." — about important basic beliefs
  • The two weak points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (37% in)
  • There are principles at stake that one cannot surrender.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (9% in)

There are no more uses of "principle" in The Importance of Being Earnest.

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