Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Farthest down: opposed to upmost or uppermost.

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Examples

  • Vajapeya sacrifices, or if he undergoes the severest austerities with head downmost.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

  • And he showed how this man dragged down with him all society; how the chain that bound the slave was fastened also to the master -- so that from the poverty and oppression and degradation of this "downmost man" came all the ulcers that festered in the social body.

    Love's Pilgrimage

  • "May their souls dwell in the downmost hall of perdition!" said Hamish, with his cheeks becoming a gray-white; "and every woman that ever came of the accursed race!"

    Macleod of Dare

  • "May their souls dwell in the downmost hall of perdition!" said Hamish, with his cheeks becoming a gray white; "and every woman that ever came of the accursed race!"

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 5

  • It is beautiful to see it at work, gathering its treasures (such as they are) into little round balls; and pushing them home with the strong wrong end of it, -- head downmost all the way, -- like a modern political economist with his ball of capital, declaring that a nation can stand on its vices better than on its virtues.

    The Ethics of the Dust

  • “And so mine well may,” said Desborough, “ay, and overturned too, since my bed last night was turned upside down, and I was placed for ten minutes heels uppermost, and head downmost, like a bullock going to be shod.”

    Woodstock

  • The last Divinity of poor mankind dethroning himself; sinking _his_ taper too, flame downmost, like the Genius of Sleep or of Death; admonitory that Tailor time shall be no more!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • The last Divinity of poor mankind dethroning himself; sinking _his_ taper too, flame downmost, like the Genius of Sleep or of Death; admonitory that Tailor-time shall be no more!

    Past and Present

  • You needn't laugh; for I've just crammed Kenneth, head-downmost, in the Black-horse marsh; and two is the same as one -- and

    Wuthering Heights

  • I ask you -- it is impossible not -- to believe, that there are women with more than mortal knowledge, nocturnal women, who can make that which is uppermost downmost.

    Gryll Grange

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