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- adv. used to indicate that a word or statement is perhaps not exact though practically right.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. a qualifying phrase used to apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.
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- adv. as if it were really so
A reply, in the shape of 'Why?' came as it were out of the belly of a dun cow in the stalls; it had been spoken by a milker behind the animal, whom she had not hitherto perceived.
It is not denied that Freud's dream theories serve very well to interpret a considerable proportion of common dreams; but the psycho-analytic technique embodies a fallacious assumption that there is a transcendental symbolizing activity in the Unconscious, as it were a language of dreams.
“The whole country became as it were electrified,” recalled John Adlum, a sixteen-year-old volunteer Pennsylvania militiaman, “and almost every one young and old were formed into companies.”
It “carries him, not out of his course, but as it were beyond his power to a farre happier flight.”
When the team presented beloved Owner Art Rooney with a game ball, he held it aloft, as it were his index finger.
Instead, lying before me was a man of monstrous proportions, weighing more than four hundred pounds, I would venture, cradled as it were in a kind of trough created in the mattress by his staggering corpulence.
Among the Anglo-Saxons and the Irish, as manifested by their penitential books, the fundamental idea was reparation in proportion to the number and gravity of the sins, as it were a weregild paid to God and the Church.
She was exhausted by this fervent address to the throne of mercy, and though her lips still moved her voice became inarticulate: she lay for some time as it were in a doze, and then recovering, faintly pressed Mrs. Beauchamp's hand, and requested that a clergyman might be sent for.
Charlotte Temple, a tale of truth; reprinted from the rare first American edition (1794), over twelve hundred errors in later editions being corected, and the preface restored; with an historical and biographical introduction, bibliography, etc., by Francis W. Halsey.
But there is likewise another concept of philosophy, a conceptus cosmicus, which has always formed the real basis of the term ` philosophy, 'especially when it has been as it were personified and its archtype represented in the ideal philosopher.
[A plain in Syria.] [Enter VENTIDIUS as it were in triumph, with SILIUS, and other Romans, Officers, and Soldiers; the dead body of PACORUS borne before him]