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  • noun Plural form of elegance.

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  • It is … the task of criticism to establish principles; to improve opinion into knowledge; and to distinguish those means of pleasing which depend upon known causes and rational deduction, from the nameless and inexplicable elegances which appeal wholly to the fancy, from which we feel delight, but know not how they produce it, and which may well be termed the enchantress of the soul.

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  • As all cat lovers know well, Felis domestica is a marvel of balance, subtlety and other hidden elegances.

    How a cat drinks: Feline finesse and fluid dynamics

  • As all cat lovers know well, Felis domestica is a marvel of balance, subtlety and other hidden elegances.

    Scientists learn physics behind how cats drink water without getting wet

  • It is … the task of criticism to establish principles; to improve opinion into knowledge; and to distinguish those means of pleasing which depend upon known causes and rational deduction, from the nameless and inexplicable elegances which appeal wholly to the fancy, from which we feel delight, but know not how they produce it, and which may well be termed the enchantress of the soul.

    The Impact of Evaluative Criticism is felt most at the Threshold of the Canon

  • The grandfather, haughty, with head held high, amalgamating more than ever in his toilet and his manners all the elegances of the epoch of

    Les Miserables

  • I admit that Asia is a farce; but I do not precisely see what you find to laugh at in the Grand Lama, you peoples of the west, who have mingled with your fashions and your elegances all the complicated filth of majesty, from the dirty chemise of

    Les Miserables

  • What they created was a kind of policy sandwich, with some of Price's elegances wrapped around Darman and Zoellick's programmatic agenda.

    Rocky Road To Houston

  • All the graces, Veneres, pleasures, elegances attend him, [2216] golden fortune accompanies and lodgeth with him; and as to those

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • No danger shall affright, for if that be true the poets feign, Love is the son of Mars and Venus; as he hath delights, pleasures, elegances from his mother, so hath he hardness, valour, and boldness from his father.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Saxons were still greedy eaters and great drinkers, and their feasts were often of a noisy and drunken kind; but many new comforts and even elegances had become known, and were fast increasing.

    A Child's History of England

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