American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Nearness in place; neighborhood; proximity.
- n. Nearness in time.
- n. Nearness of blood; kindred; affinity.
- n. the property of being close together
- From Old French propinquité or Latin propinquitas, from propinquus ‘neighbouring’ (from prope ‘near’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English propinquite, from Old French, from Latin propinquitās, from propinquus, near; see per1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Carey, so powerful in propinquity, might even have ended by learning to love Tannis and marrying her, to his own worldly undoing.”
“But it is not the way for a man and a woman, in propinquity, to maintain a definite, unwavering distance asunder.”
“He was not only the male heir in propinquity of blood, but his experienced years and known virtues excited all true Scots to place him on the throne.”
“Eight weeks came and went, -- eight wonderfully happy weeks to Debby and her friend; for "propinquity" had worked more wonders than poor Mrs. Carroll knew, as the only one she saw or guessed was the utter captivation of Joe Leavenworth.”
“It may have been the effect of what Byron would call "blind contact," and the sage Mrs. Broadhurst "propinquity;" or it may have been that his hour was come.”
“The father and mother sat -- not side by side, in that propinquity which is so sweet, when every breath, every touch of the beloved's garment gives pleasure; they sat one at each corner of the table, engrossed in their several occupations; reading with an uncommunicative eagerness, and sewing in unbroken silence.”
“I used to joke, “Nothing propinques like propinquity.””
“Told you so much a reprise, of cherry brown thighs, propinquity of bees.”
“That visceral, literal connection to infinity, the propinquity of God.”
“I'm unconvinced; I would argue that the cultural productivity Mennel properly celebrates is based equally on selfishness and cooperation, but neither could produce results without the relentless propinquity of city life.”
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