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forcible-feeble

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Seemingly vigorous, but really weak or insipid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Seemingly vigorous, but really weak or insipid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Striving to be or appear strong or vigorous while being in reality feeble: as, a forcible-feeble style.
  • n. A feeble person striving to appear strong or vigorous: usually said of a writer.

Etymologies

From Feeble, a character in the second part of Shakespeare's King Henry IV, to whom Falstaff derisively applies the epithet forcible. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The pitiful little forcible-feeble rebellion, all along but a futile attempt to cast straws against the wind, was now completely over and done with, and would never be heard of again.

    Australia Felix

  • For, at heart, the Professor abhorred change — he called it disorder — and, after one forcible-feeble effort to escape from his crusted shell, he sank back into it with what was almost a sigh of thanksgiving.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • Skin-the-Goat, assuming he was he, evidently with an axe to grind, was airing his grievances in a forcible-feeble philippic anent the natural resources of Ireland or something of that sort which he described in his lengthy dissertation as the richest country bar none on the face of

    Ulysses

  • General Johnston's camp during Buchanan's forcible-feeble occupation of

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

  • This recovery was due also to the forcible-feeble character of the Radical campaign against the House of Lords, the unpopularity of the

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • Governor Martin of North Carolina, already deeply disturbed in anticipation of the coming revolutionary cataclysm, thundered in what was generally regarded as a forcible-feeble proclamation (February 19, 1775) against

    The Conquest of the Old Southwest; the romantic story of the early pioneers into Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky, 1740-1790

  • There is nothing wrong in this; it is simply threadbare and forcible-feeble.

    Misused Expressions

  • You, my hosts, and I may not agree in all our views; some of you would think me a very radical democrat—as, for the matter of that, I am—and my theory of imperialism would probably suit the anti-imperialists as little as it would suit a certain type of forcible-feeble imperialist.

    II. Biological Analogies in History

  • But even this situation 'peters out', the wife being sent away with her fate undecided, and the husband, represented as a 'forcible-feeble' person by the dramatist and as a feeble person, tout court, by the actor ....

    Slang.

  • The forcible-feeble malice of Mr Fletcher calls for no serious discussion; submit it to any continental scholar, to any honest British scholar, and he will ask contemptuously, though perhaps with a little stab of pain, how the name of Oxford comes to be associated with such wicked absurdities.

    The Open Secret of Ireland

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