from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Toynbee, Arnold Joseph 1889-1975. British historian and educator who studied cyclical patterns in the growth and decline of civilizations and is noted for his 12-volume Study of History (1934-1961).

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  • n. English historian who studied the rise and fall of civilizations looking for cyclical patterns (1889-1975)


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  • Though ignored by academic careerists, Toynbee is still read by those whose intellectual horizons extend beyond present fashions.

    May 30th, 2009

  • Tuscan Toynbee is bemoaning the low esteem in which the community of sociologists are held.

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  • Polly Toynbee is simultaaneously arguing that there is too much tax to be replaced and that it will effect no-one

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  • Even Polly Toynbee is saying it, though I do not believe she understands how it works yet ...

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  • Maybe Toynbee is sucking up because she senses she's past her sell-by date and needs to cling lest she be left behind.

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  • But he has also pointed out that I should be very worried that Nanny from Hell Polly Toynbee is also backing Chris Huhne, mentioning a posting I once made about one of her articles.

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  • Polly Toynbee is nine years older, as well as apparently being descended from the 9th Earl of Carlisle.

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  • Listened to only part of a play in the car today on Radio 4, which featured David Cameron in moderately unflattering light, a media tycoon, someone called Toynbee and it was all about Conservatives.

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  • Polly Toynbee is the most prominent practitioner of this approach, which I once characterised as "pining for the fjords".

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  • I am not sure if my article for liberator attacking the dreaded Toynbee is going in the current issue (as a Collective member you would know best Jonathan).

    Sure Start, uncertain reasoning


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