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


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  • At the heart of the social vision prevalent among contemporary intellectuals is the belief that there are "problems" created by existing institutions and that "solutions" to these problems can be excogitated by intellectuals.

    Notable & Quotable

  • The terrible Torquemada dwelt for years in Valladolid and must there have excogitated some of the methods of the Holy Office in dealing with heresy.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • The accursed book of the Recreation of Dice was a great while ago excogitated in Achaia, near Bourre, by that ancient enemy of mankind, the infernal calumniator, who, before the statue or massive image of the

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Those, therefore, who have excogitated [the theory of] emissions have not discovered anything great, or revealed any abstruse mystery, when they have simply transferred what all understand to the only-begotten Word of God; and while they style Him unspeakable and unnameable, they nevertheless set forth the production and formation of

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • Thus a single category may include many things, and we cannot discover them except through their signs displayed corporeally and by the things being excogitated by the mind.

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • And because they doubted, that the Volscians would not easely be perswaded thereunto, beinge so oft vanquished and ill intreated, they excogitated some other newe occasion.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • It is here contended, on the other hand, that no conservation of any such variations could ever have given rise to the faintest beginning of any such moral perceptions; that by "Natural Selection" alone the maxim _fiat justitia, ruat coelum_ could never have been excogitated, still less have found a widespread acceptance; that it is impotent to suggest even an approach towards an explanation of the _first beginning_ of the idea of

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Whoever it was, he must have excogitated the idea at a distance, and in some splenetic humour; it never could have entered through his eyesight standing here.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 61, No. 376, February, 1847

  • All the conveniences that modern ingenuity has excogitated -- in accordance with the requirements of the present era -- have been introduced into this huge structure.

    By Water to the Columbian Exposition

  • It was during this period that, with no other books than the Bible and Fox's Book of Martyrs, he excogitated his allegory.

    English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction


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