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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of dawn.


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  • The meaning of the phrase dawned on Vito - they suspected that he was armed, that he was a crazy white man eager to blow away some darkies.


  • He faced her suddenly, and a new expression dawned in his eyes, as if he were only just awakening to the fact that she was beautiful.

    Winding Paths

  • An "era of good feeling" again dawned upon the land and with "Malice towards none and charity to all" the Nation moved to the work of preparing for the greatest Exposition the world has ever known.

    The Reason Why the Colored American is not in the World's Columbian Exposition: The Afro-American's Contribution to Columbian Literature

  • Then the full meaning of the phrase dawned upon him -- it was he and the wiry little sister thus demeaned with a porcine appellation, and whose ears were threatened.

    The Riddle Of The Rocks 1895

  • The royal purple added to her beauty, the high flashing tiara made her slender, perfect figure seem taller than it really was, and when, in the metal mirror which lay on her dressing table, she beheld herself for the first time in the glorious likeness of a queen, a new expression dawned on her features.

    An Egyptian Princess — Volume 05

  • Gorgeous in a seemingly effortless Kate Hudson/Blake Lively kind of way, her future calling dawned on her when she saw her dad performing on stage and became enamored with the costumes the dancers were wearing.

    Buzzine » Stacey Oristano

  • Then the idea dawned upon him: how noble an opportunity to acquire new territory and power for Hellas, by the founding of a colony — a city of no mean size, moreover, said he to himself, as he reckoned up their own numbers — and besides themselves a population planted on the shores of Pontus.


  • Not understanding this sudden ebullition, he turned upon me with a stare of gloomy, bewildered amazement, that made me ashamed of the impulse to which I had yielded; but soon a more humanised expression dawned upon his countenance, and before I could withdraw my hand, he pressed it kindly, while a gleam of genuine feeling flashed from his eyes as he murmured, ‘God help us both!’

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  • Slowly the notion dawned on him: a Sorceress of illusion did not have to make herself beautiful.

    A Spell For Chameleon

  • When he suddenly besides saw how scented and round the pumelo was, the idea dawned on him that it was more handy for play, and, using it as a ball, he kicked it along and went off to have some fun, relinquishing at once every thought of the 'Buddha's hand.'

    Hung Lou Meng, Book II Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books


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