cloud-compelling love

cloud-compelling

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Collecting or driving together the clouds: applied classically to Jupiter.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Then he supplied him with the finest tobacco that ever ascended in spiral incense to the cloud-compelling Jove.

    Springhaven

  • This strangely isolated wall, left standing by the denudation that swept away the containing stone, had been broken by perpendicular rifts into four distinct sections; the colour became whiter as it neared the coping, and each rock was crowned with a capping that sparkled like silver in the sudden glance of the “cloud-compelling” sun.

    The Land of Midian

  • Quite suddenly the shock wave swept upon them and bowled them flat on their backs like the impotent mortals who in ancient times were swatted by the hand of cloud-compelling Zeus.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • The wonderful power which he so boldly exercised, of assembling doubts and objections, had tempted him jocosely to assume the title of the {Greek expression} Zeus, the cloud-compelling Jove; and in a conversation with the ingenious Abbe

    Memoirs of My Life and Writings

  • Long hung the contest doubtful, for though a heavy shower of rain, sent by the "cloud-compelling Jove," in some measure cooled their ardor, as doth a bucket of water thrown on a group of fighting mastiffs, yet did they but pause for a moment, to return with tenfold fury to the charge.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • The cloud-compelling meerschaums were produced, and they sat in high-backed chairs, watching the thin wreaths of smoke as they curled upwards to the skylight.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • Schelling -- _Wissenschaften_ -- is the key-note, and _English Traits_ is the record of impressions received during the _Sturm und Drang_, or rather 'cloud-compelling' days of the _Dial_ and _Essay_ developments.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • In the fire he burns various kinds of wood, which are supposed to possess the property of driving off rain; and he puffs in the direction from which the rain threatens to come, holding in his hand a packet of leaves and bark which derive a similar cloud-compelling virtue, not from their chemical composition, but from their names, which happen to signify something dry or volatile.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • Remember all the altering of manuscript and proof -- and remember how the obscurities used to fly away before your cloud-compelling, when you were the Jove of the criticisms!

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

  • As we went chunking southward with our beans and cigarettes, we could see the snows of Olympus -- the Mysian Olympus, at any rate, if not the one where Jove, the cloud-compelling, used to live, and white-armed Juno, and Pallas,

    Antwerp to Gallipoli A Year of the War on Many Fronts—and Behind Them

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