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  • The poets and rhetoricians have been profuse in their praises of the cadet who appears in The Nights as an adviser of calm sound sense, an intercessor and a peace-maker, and even more remarkable than the rest of his family for an almost incredible magnanimity and generosity — une générosité effrayante.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Mais en lui meme il etait bien, il avait l'air gentil n'avait pas une tete effrayante rien.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Thus in 1775 a writer tells us that 'adorable, heavenly, divine, prodigious, detestable, pitiful' were the most common adjectives used of the pictures on view at the Salon; two years later 'frightening' (effrayante) became a fashionable word with which to praise a specially telling likeness.

    Out of the Picture

  • It happened that I had unconsciously won the particular regard of one of the Béguines who attended the hospital; and my _tristesse_, which she termed 'effrayante,' one evening attracted her peculiar notice.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844

  • Possibly I was oppressed by the fear of victory and of that Nemesis which almost invariably dogs the steps of our accomplished desires, of what the French writer calls _la page effrayante ... des desirs accomplis_.

    Doctor Therne

  • The poets and rhetoricians have been profuse in their praises of the cadet who appears in The Nights as an adviser of calm sound sense, an intercessor and a peace-maker, and even more remarkable than the rest of his family for an almost incredible magnanimity and generosity -- une générosité effrayante.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Je revins bientot arme de ma potion, et deja je trouvai du mieux; la couleur reparaissait aux joues, l'oeil etait detendu; mais la levre pendait toujours avec une effrayante difformite.

    The Physiology of Taste

  • Une forme blanche effrayante ... (apres ca, ma note qui suivra sur les jeux videos n'aura plus aucun interet ...

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Je ne suis pas très physionomiste (ce qui peut être embarrassant par moments) mais j’ai une mémoire un peu effrayante pour les noms (en général).

    Moment fort — Climb to the Stars

  • Je revins bientot arme de ma potion, et deja je trouvai du mieux; la couleur reparaissait aux joues, l’oeil etait detendu; mais la levre pendait toujours avec une effrayante difformite.

    The physiology of taste; or Transcendental gastronomy. Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Translated from the last Paris edition by Fayette Robinson.

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