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ultimate
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
most extreme as in final, best, worst, most important, or most fundamental
The exact meaning of ultimate depends upon its context. For example:
  • "the ultimate decision-maker" — the final
  • "the ultimate car" — the best
  • "the ultimate insult" — the worst
  • "the ultimate source" — original or most fundamental
  • "the ultimate sacrifice" — most extreme
  • The answer had not turned on the ultimate good of Society, but on "a certain man" who was found in trouble by the wayside.
    7.4 — Book 7 Chapter 4 — Maggie and Lucy (20% in)
  • Mr. Turnbull was sent for; but when he heard what had passed, he said this complete restoration, though only temporary, was a hopeful sign, proving that there was no permanent lesion to prevent ultimate recovery.
    3.4 — Book 3 Chapter 4 — A Vanishing Gleam (92% in)
  • ...for Tom ever since his spirited and sensible behavior when the execution was in the house, was now warming into a resolution to further his prospects actively,—some time, when an opportunity offered of doing so in a prudent manner, without ultimate loss; but Mrs. Glegg observed that she was not given to speak without book, as some people were; that those who said least were most likely to find their words made good; and that when the right moment came, it would be seen who could do...
    5.2 — Book 5 Chapter 2 — Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (14% in)
  • Even as it was, that feeling from time to time gave threats of its ultimate mastery, in sudden bursts of irrelevant exclamation.
    5.6 — Book 5 Chapter 6 — The Hard-Won Triumph (94% in)
  • Philip was not without confidence that his father would be ultimately wrought upon as he had expected, by what had passed; but the scene had jarred upon his nerves, which were as sensitive as a woman's.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — Wakem in a New Light (62% in)
  • ...fraternity are entirely relaxed,—they can hardly be said to exist in the public mind; they hardly survive except in the partial, contradictory form they have taken in the narrow communities of schismatics; and if I were not supported by the firm faith that the Church must ultimately recover the full force of that constitution which is alone fitted to human needs, I should often lose heart at observing the want of fellowship and sense of mutual responsibility among my own flock.
    7.2 — Book 7 Chapter 2 — St. Ogg's Passes Judgment (64% in)
  • The tone of Stephen's letter, which he had read, and the actual relations of all the persons concerned, forced upon him powerfully the idea of an ultimate marriage between Stephen and Maggie as the least evil; and the impossibility of their proximity in St. Ogg's on any other supposition, until after years of separation, threw an insurmountable prospective difficulty over Maggie's stay there.
    7.2 — Book 7 Chapter 2 — St. Ogg's Passes Judgment (87% in)

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