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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
  • Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming.
    p. 576.8
  • Your own mother's bosom is a strange topic of conversation in which to indulge a friend, but my mother was an acknowledged beauty, and Owen possessed a completely reliable frankness; you could trust him, absolutely.
    p. 32.6
  • But although Owen agreed with me that the rector was a moron who messed up the Bible for tentative believers by assaulting us with the worst of God the Almighty and God the Terrible—and although Owen acknowledged that the Rev. Mr. Wiggin's sermons were about as entertaining and convincing as a pilot's voice in the intercom, explaining technical difficulties while the plane plummets toward the earth and the stewardesses are screaming—Owen actually preferred Wiggin to what little he knew...
    p. 115.4
  • We went and stared at the wedding presents, until I acknowledged the propitious placement of the present from Owen and his father.
    p. 124.7
  • All those same crones, as black and hunchbacked as crows gathered around some roadkill—they came to the service as if to say: We acknowledge, O God, that Tabby Wheelwright was not allowed to get off scot-free.
    p. 132.5
  • We acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness.
    p. 148.9
  • That summer of 1960, when we swam in the abandoned quarry lake, we no longer tied a rope around ourselves or swam one-at-a-time—Mr. Meany had either lost interest in the rule, or in enforcing it; or he had acknowledged that Owen and I were no longer children.
    p. 330.8
  • If, at Gravesend Academy, The Voice had persuaded the majority of the faculty that his eccentricities and peculiarities were not only his individual rights but were inseparable from his generally acknowledged brilliance, the more diverse but also more specialized faculty at the University of New Hampshire were not interested in "the whole boy," not at all; they were not even a community, the university faculty, and they shared no general opinion that Owen Meany was brilliant, they...
    p. 439.9
  • But Bishop Strachan has hired a new woman in the English Department; I could tell when she was interviewing, last spring, that she was someone to be endured—a woman who gives new meaning to that arresting first sentence of Pride and Prejudice, with which the fall term begins for my Grade 9 girls: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
    p. 536.9
  • But the Rev. Mr. Merrill was a man who took to wallowing in guilt; his remorse, after all; was all he had to cling to—especially after his scant courage left him, and he was forced to acknowledge that he would never be brave enough to abandon his miserable wife and children for my mother.
    p. 555.6
  • And the new headmaster of Gravesend Academy; he'd never met Owen Meany—yet he was there, perhaps acknowledging that he wouldn't have been made the new headmaster if Owen Meany hadn't lost the battle but won the war with Randy White.
    p. 572.4
  • In the major's car—where Owen and I were first able to acknowledge each other, to hug each other, and to pat each other on our backs—the major explained the family to us.
    p. 599.5

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