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  • v. Present participle of desire.
  • n. A yearning for; a want


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  • Of her they said that desiring to take vengeance for her brother, whom the Egyptians had slain when he was their king and then, after having slain, him he had given his kingdom to her, ¬ódesiring, I say, to take vengeance for him, she destroyed by craft many of the Egyptians.

    An Account of Egypt: Being the Second Book of His Histories Called Euterpe. Paras. 20-39

  • And academics resolved which a Government was mistaken in desiring which a classes would either urge preparation or a earnings intensity of workers as good as their companies.

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  • I also wonder that if the post had been written by a man, whether people would be as quick say that it's OK be "hypocritical" in desiring someone who's culturally-approved skinny when they're not.

    Ask Professor Foxy: Does My Size and Not Flirting Keep Me Alone? - Feministing

  • Psychologically speaking, it can be said that establishing such a discourse was successful primarily because it filled the void many Indian elite had in desiring to maintain their previously held power.

    Radovan Karadzic's website and blog

  • Loyalty, then, may be even committed on a non-individual level (though based on experiences with individuals, to be sure), as expressed as loyalty to humanity (in desiring to make it better, and to make the world the best place for such a humanity).

    Heroes for the Future

  • And she was persistent in desiring to hear only of that incredible Friend of whom Daisy had told her.

    Melbourne House

  • Mr. Lindsay looked grave; but with Ellen's tears yet wet upon his cheek, he could not dismiss the matter so lightly, and persisted in desiring that his mother should give up the point, which she utterly refused to do.

    The Wide, Wide World

  • It was not the words of the ass (for it merely deprecated his beating it), but the miraculous fact of its speaking at all, which withstood Balaam's perversity in desiring to go after God had forbidden him in the first instance.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The Galatians in desiring to return to legal bondage are, he implies, renouncing the deliverance which Christ wrought for us.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • But she persisted in desiring the carriage; and Mrs. Pritchard was silenced, observing, however, that she shouldn't wonder if she wasn't able to go, after all.



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