toggle menu
1000+ books
Go to Book

used in Light in August

5 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
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
  • It was as if he struggled physically with another man for an object of no actual value to either, and for which they struggled on principle alone.
    Chapter 11 (12% in)
  • Decently hung by a Force, a principle; not burned or hacked or dragged dead by a Thing.
    Chapter 19 (10% in)
  • Though when he learned that the Republicans did have a name for it, he completely changed the name of his conviction without abating his principles or behavior one jot.
    Chapter 20 (23% in)
  • The very fact that he could and did see no paradox in the fact that he took an active part in a partisan war and on the very side whose principles opposed his own, was proof enough that he was two separate and complete people, one of whom dwelled by serene rules in a world where reality did not exist.
    Chapter 20 (27% in)
  • He lived by his principles in peace, and when war came he carried them into war and lived by them there; when there was preaching on peaceful Sundays in quiet groves to be done, he had done it, without any particular equipment for it other than his will and his convictions and what he could pick up as he went along; when there was the saving of wounded men under fire and the curing of them without proper tools, he did that too, again without other equipment save his strength and...
    Chapter 20 (28% in)

There are no more uses of "principle" in Light in August.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list —®