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pedigree
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

6 uses
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Definition
the line of ancestors of an animal

or more rarely:

the line of ancestors for a person; or general background of a person such as experience and education; or any background such as that of an idea
  • Your father learnt it on his way hwome from Shaston, and he has been telling me the whole pedigree of the matter.
    1 — The Maiden (21% in)
  • "It was only my whim," he said; and, after a moment's hesitation: "It was on account of a discovery I made some little time ago, whilst I was hunting up pedigrees for the new county history.
    1 — The Maiden (1% in)
  • Pedigree, ancestral skeletons, monumental record, the d'Urberville lineaments, did not help Tess in her life's battle as yet, even to the extent of attracting to her a dancing-partner over the heads of the commonest peasantry.
    1 — The Maiden (15% in)
  • I do hate the aristocratic principle of blood before everything, and do think that as reasoners the only pedigrees we ought to respect are those spiritual ones of the wise and virtuous, without regard to corporal paternity.
    4 — The Consequence (49% in)
  • I think that parson who unearthed your pedigree would have done better if he had held his tongue.
    5 — The Woman Pays (7% in)
  • "He said at another time something like this"; and she gave another, which might possibly have been paralleled in many a work of the pedigree ranging from the Dictionnaire Philosophique to Huxley's Essays.
    6 — The Convert (27% in)

There are no more uses of "pedigree" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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