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used in The Magic Mountain

4 uses
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a building — especially a large one


a conceptual or organizational framework
  • The well-crafted social edifice, the perfection of humanity, the new Jerusalem.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (40% in)
  • ...stone stairway leading down to it from the ground floor did indeed create the impression of a descent into a basement, this was almost entirely an illusion, the reasons for which were, first, that the ground floor sat rather high, and second, that the whole edifice had been built on a steep, mountainous slope, so that the "basement" rooms faced the front and looked out onto the garden and the valley—a state of affairs countered and negated, as it were, by the effect of the stairway.
    4.7 - Doubts and Considerations (80% in)
  • And yet he could see some things now and then: a gathering of firs, a brook or ditch, whose blackness, caught between overhanging layers of snow, stood out against the terrain; and when just for variety's sake his route led him downhill again—against the wind now—he spied at some distance, as if hovering there in the storm-swept tangle of veils, the outline of a man-made edifice.
    6.7 - Snow (60% in)
  • "You Christians studied them," Settembrini exclaimed, "studied the classical poets and philosophers until you broke out in a sweat, attempted to make their precious heritage your own, just as you used the stones of their ancient edifices for your meeting houses.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (53% in)

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