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  • n. Plural form of contrariety.


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  • The damsel spoke first, for Roland Graeme was overwhelmed with surprise at the contrarieties which Catherine Seyton seemed to include in her person and character.

    The Abbot

  • Vives said in a jest of a silly country fellow, that killed his ass for drinking up the moon, ut lunam mundo redderet, you may truly say of them in earnest; they will act, conceive all extremes, contrarieties, and contradictions, and that in infinite varieties.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • God often works by contrarieties, he first kills and then makes alive, he woundeth first and then healeth, he makes man sow in tears that he may reap in joy; 'tis God's method: he that is so visited, must with patience endure and rest satisfied for the present.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • God may effect, yet that judgment that shall consider the present antipathies between the two extremes, — their contrarieties in condition, affection, and opinion, — may, with the same hopes, expect a union in the poles of heaven.

    Religio Medici

  • And herein is divinity conformant unto philosophy, and generation not only founded on contrarieties, but also creation.

    Religio Medici

  • While their contrarieties indicate a different external civilization, a slight acquaintance with their morals proves their similarity to their fellowmen in the lineaments of a fallen nature.

    The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture: 1776-1876

  • Sexual intercourse can be compared to a quarrel, on account of the contrarieties of love and its tendency to dispute.

    The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

  • He is the one who has had to face and deal with all the contrarieties that Valencianos had to suffer over a decade.

    11/19/2006 - 11/26/2006

  • Less bothered by such contrarieties, my mother threw the occasional charity kalooki night for our beleaguered Israeli cousins, the proceeds from which would not have bought a stamp to send what she had raised.

    Kalooki Nights

  • Through such a sea of contrarieties must this green couple steer their way; and contrive to love each other; and to respect, forsooth; and be ready, when the time arrives, to educate the little men and women who shall succeed to their places and perplexities.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

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