Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of excellence.

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Examples

  • Whiting claims, although there may be a relatively large pool of people who have the kind of excellences of character that would justify my loving them, and so although there can be no answer to question (2) about why I come to love this rather than that person within this pool, once I have come to love this person and so have developed a historical relation with her, this history of concern justifies my continuing to love this person rather than someone else (1991, p. 7).

    Love

  • We do not much applaud his taste; for though it is decidedly inferior to her other works, having less plot, and what there is, less artificially wrought up, and also less exquisite nicety of moral painting; yet the same kind of excellences which characterise the other novels may be perceived in this, in a degree which would have been highly creditable to most other writers of the same school, and which would have entitled the author to considerable praise, had she written nothing better.

    Famous Reviews

  • But when to his natural excellences were added the romance that linked with his name and the enormous wealth that was his, practically every free woman he encountered measured him with an appraising and delighted eye, to say nothing of more than one woman who was not free.

    Chapter XII

  • Also, there were the French, eager and willing to impose upon the Chinagos the virtues and excellences of French law.

    THE CHINAGO

  • Space forbids me to dilate individually on the richly varied excellences of Bill Heck, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Byron Jennings (whose gaunt Antonio nails my best-in-show award), Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin and Nyambi Nyambi, but they're all terrific, as are their colleagues.

    Knocking Shakespeare Out of the Park

  • The aggregate excellences and shortcomings of human groups do not lend themselves to simple comparisons.

    More on Minow and Harvard Law School’s treatment of Stephanie Grace

  • Not the least of Gossart ' s excellences is his inventiveness in contriving the fanciful architectural backdrops for both his Christian subjects and his pagan mythologies.

    Gossart

  • The excellences and the doctrine of all the Fathers of the Church and all wise men are united in him.

    The Church of Sant`Agostino, Rome

  • She must have heard of the three attainments and three excellences a thousand times, to judge by the expression—almost imperceptible, except around her nostrils—of scorn.

    Wildfire

  • A daughter shows her worth by the three excellences: to bear herself above reproach, to bear children fruitfully, and to bear suffering with fortitude.

    Wildfire

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