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predominant
used in The Mill on the Floss

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most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
  • Mr. Guest and Mr. Wakem were on friendly dining terms, and the attorney liked to predominate over a ship-owner and mill-owner who was a little too loud in the town affairs as well as in his table-talk.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (94% in)
  • There are certain animals to which tenacity of position is a law of life,—they can never flourish again, after a single wrench: and there are certain human beings to whom predominance is a law of life,—they can only sustain humiliation so long as they can refuse to believe in it, and, in their own conception, predominate still.
    3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (40% in)
  • There are certain animals to which tenacity of position is a law of life,—they can never flourish again, after a single wrench: and there are certain human beings to whom predominance is a law of life,—they can only sustain humiliation so long as they can refuse to believe in it, and, in their own conception, predominate still.
    3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (41% in)
  • Mrs. Tulliver, always borne down by the family predominance of sister Jane, who had made her wear the yoke of a younger sister in very tender years, said pleadingly: "I'm sure, sister, I've never asked anybody to do anything, only buy things as it 'ud be a pleasure to 'cause to have, so as they mightn't go and be spoiled i' strange houses.
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (27% in)
  • His longing to see Maggie, and make an element in her life, had in it some of that savage impulse to snatch an offered joy which springs from a life in which the mental and bodily constitution have made pain predominate.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Wavering Balance (86% in)
  • The feeling of injury on her own behalf could not predominate at that moment.
    5.6 -- Book 5 Chapter 6 -- The Hard-Won Triumph (30% in)
  • The sight of the long-hated predominant man down, and in his power, threw him into a frenzy of triumphant vengeance, which seemed to give him preternatural agility and strength.
    5.7 -- Book 5 Chapter 7 -- A Day of Reckoning (40% in)
  • And Lucy had so much of this benevolence in her nature that I am inclined to think her small egoisms were impregnated with it, just as there are people not altogether unknown to you whose small benevolences have a predominant and somewhat rank odor of egoism.
    6.1 -- Book 6 Chapter 1 -- A Duet in Paradise (80% in)
  • Under the charm of her new pleasures, Maggie herself was ceasing to think, with her eager prefiguring imagination, of her future lot; and her anxiety about her first interview with Philip was losing its predominance; perhaps, unconsciously to herself, she was not sorry that the interview had been deferred.
    6.6 -- Book 6 Chapter 6 -- Illustrating the Laws of Attraction (28% in)
  • That has generally been observed in men of great administrative capacity, I believe,—a tendency to predominance of the reflective powers in me!
    6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (52% in)
  • "I have observed a tendency to predominance," she said, smiling; and Philip at that moment devoutly hoped that she found the tendency disagreeable.
    6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (53% in)
  • When, at last, the need for belief in Maggie rose to its habitual predominance, he was not long in imagining the truth,—she was struggling, she was banishing herself; this was the clue to all he had seen since his return.
    6.13 -- Book 6 Chapter 13 -- Borne Along by the Tide (37% in)
  • Still two or three more days passed, and Maggie heard nothing of Philip; anxiety about him was becoming her predominant trouble, and she summoned courage at last to inquire about him of Dr. Kenn, on his next visit to her.
    7.3 -- Book 7 Chapter 3 -- Showing That Old Acquaintances Are Capable…. (50% in)

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