from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The practices of attorneys; the unscrupulous practices frequently attributed to attorneys or lawyers. Carlyle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The practice or peculiar cleverness of attorneys.
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- noun The
practiceor peculiar clevernessof attorneys.
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In England heroic wisdom is not yet dead, and quite replaced by attorneyism: the honest beaver faculty yet abounds with us, the heroic manful faculty shows itself also to the observant eye, not dead but dangerously sleeping.
Vain to call in universal-suffrage parliaments at that stage: the universal-suffrage parliaments cannot give you any breath of life, cannot find any _wisdom_ for you; by long impiety, you have let the supply of noble human wisdom die out; and the wisdom that now courts your universal suffrages is beggarly human _attorneyism_ or sham-wisdom, which is _not_ an insight into the Laws of God's Universe, but into the laws of hungry Egoism and the Devil's Chicane, and can in the end profit no community or man.