American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Godwin, William 1756-1836. British writer and political theorist who believed in the perfectibility of human nature and maintained that people could live harmoniously without laws and institutions. His most important work is Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as godwit.
“A letter to Godwin from Coleridge in June, 1803 (see Kegan Paul's _Life of Godwin_, ii.,”
“Taylor Coleridge, whom Mary heard recite "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in Godwin's living room, to scientists like Humphry Davy and her father's bosom friend William Nicholson, the two foremost experimenters with galvanic electricity in the early years of the nineteenth century.”
“That principle has since become known as Godwin's Law and remains -- unfortunately -- relevant today.”
“See especially the footnote in Godwin's Essay on Sepulchres that makes an analogy between "progress" in the world and in school by way of explaining his assertion that "the world forever is, and in some degree for ever must be, in its infancy" (14n10).”
“[Page 201] Godwin is clearly using the eclipse as a metaphor.”
“Readers will want to search for the autobiographical inspiration for this ravishing novel in Godwin's early journals.”
“Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award nominee and the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including A Mother and Two Daughters, Violet Clay,”
“If so, the antidote to Malthusian gloom will almost certainly be found in Godwin's more optimistic belief in the ability of human beings, as rational agents, to build a sustainable society.”
“Political reform, according to Godwin, is a "delicate and an awful task" that prohibits sacrilege that would sully "this sacred work.”
“And Harold, son of Godwin, is crowned king in his stead," went on the man.”
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