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  • noun Exigency.

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  • noun Exigency.

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  • noun exigency


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Borrowing from French exigence.


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  • And that the pleasurable sensations arising from these secretions may constitute the unnamed pleasure of exigence, which is contrary to what is meant by tedium vitæ, or ennui; and by which we sometimes feel ourselves happy, without being able to ascribe it to any mental cause, as after an agreeable meal, or in the beginning of intoxication.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Now she had recalled the approaching hour and the exigence of her service, and turned to depart, to attend her mistress again to the door of the chapter-house.

    A River So Long

  • SANCHEZ: And explain to us if you would, what was the original exigence for this?

    CNN Transcript Oct 5, 2009

  • Harrel, and taking her into another room, said, “I beseech you, my dear friend, let not your worthy brother suffer by his generosity; permit me in the present exigence to assist Mr Harrel: my having such a sum advanced can be of no consequence; but I should grieve indeed that your brother, who so nobly understands the use of money, should take it up at any particular disadvantage.”


  • “I thought not, — I meant not,” said she, more and more confounded, “to submit to any indignity, though my pride, in an exigence so peculiar, may give way, for a while, to convenience.”


  • Palemon, to what exigence have thy Crimes and Follies reduced thee!

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • Palemon, to what exigence have thy Crimes and Follies reduced thee!

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • To meet the exigence of the moment, a considerable army was raised under General Baillie, a Presbyterian officer of skill and fidelity, with whom was joined in command the celebrated Sir

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Cecilia then left the rooms secretly vowing that no possible exigence should in future tempt her to apply for assistance to Mr Delvile, which, however ostentatiously offered, was constantly withheld when claimed.


  • To make such an arrangement with a servant who knew not her connection with his young master, was extremely repugnant to her; but the exigence was too urgent for scruples, and there was nothing to which she would not have consented, to prevent the fatal catastrophe she apprehended.



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