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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Taine, Hippolyte Adolphe 1828-1893. French philosopher and historian who was a leading exponent of positivism and wrote the six-volume Origins of Contemporary France (1875-1893).

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  • The one called Taine turned to him, and this time there was genuine suspicion in his eyes.

    The Captain's Daughter

  • The publisher then remarked that the name Taine was familiar to him, and finally dismissed his enthusiastic author with a promise to consider the matter.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • "None of your business," Sulu said, even as he filed away the name that Taine had just spoken.

    The Captain's Daughter

  • There has been no further scholarly work done on the poem; and the principal literary notices of it, such as Taine’s and Jusserand’s, have been notoriously unsympathetic.

    The Translations of Beowulf A Critical Bibliography

  • It reminded me of Taine, yet I knew the man had never heard of that brilliant though dangerous thinker.

    Chapter 26

  • They skipped from Tacitus to Hippolyte Taine as if there was nothing in Tagore's collected works 28 thick books, even with his 2,500 songs published separately that ever had stuck in anyone's mind, or was so pithily expressed that it deserved to; as if what had come out of Tagore's pen was a kind of oriental ectoplasm, floating high above our materialist western heads, and ungraspable.

    Rabindranath Tagore was a global phenomenon, so why is he so neglected? | Ian Jack

  • Sidney Taine gets to deal with the Ferryman and Fates, with a bet.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Supernatural Sleuths - Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh

  • But others of the characters in "The Big Front Yard" are fairly flat, especially Henry and Abbie, Taine's neighbors who constantly strive to take advantage of Taine and everyone else they come in contact.

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  • We never really get to see Taine performing this skill but we get to see the results of it a number of times.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • In addition, we get to see that Taine is devoted to his dog, Towser; ironically, Towser is also more fully developed than a lot of the protagonists in the other stories.

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