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  • n. Plural form of exorbitancy.

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Examples

  • To stir us up yet farther to a serious consideration of the grounds and reasons which are laid down for the inflicting of punishment upon any for exorbitancies in things of religion (upon what hath been said), the perpetual coincidence of the causes by them held forth who pretend to plead for just severity, with their pretences who have acted unjust persecution, should be well heeded.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Macaulay, divested of all the exorbitancies of his spirit and his style, would have been a Samson shorn of the locks of his strength.

    Critical Miscellanies, Volume I (of 3) Essay 4: Macaulay

  • The Papists, on their part, were confident that the design was to correct the exorbitancies of a rabid Protestantism, and show the world, by direct miracle, the necessity of submitting to the decision of their Church and the infallibility of the supreme Pontiff; who, as they truly alleged, could decide all knotty points quite as well without the Word of

    The Eclipse of Faith Or, A Visit To A Religious Sceptic

  • It is true that Mr. Parker, when it is his cue, is most eloquent in his denunciations of the infinite miseries and degradation which have followed the exorbitancies of the religious principle.

    The Eclipse of Faith Or, A Visit To A Religious Sceptic

  • And yet I see not how it could be avoided; for the exorbitancies of these pirates were not more hateful to humanity than are the rites practices, and the duties enjoined, by many forms of religion.

    The Eclipse of Faith Or, A Visit To A Religious Sceptic

  • These complaints obliged the Directors to a strict examination into the real sources of the mismanagement of their concerns in India, and to lay the foundations of a system of restraint on the exorbitancies of their servants.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 08 (of 12)

  • The instinct which carries the people towards the choice of the former, is justified by reason; because a man of such a character, even in its exorbitancies, does not directly contradict the purposes of a trust, the end of which is a control on power.

    Thoughts on the Present Discontents, and Speeches, etc.

  • All men of sense, likewise, who saw the nation divided by the religious zeal of the opposite sects, deemed it the more necessary to intrust the government to one person, who might check the exorbitancies of faction, and insure the public tranquillity.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary

  • So disgusted were all lovers of civil liberty at the doctrines promoted by the clergy, that these invectives were received without control; and no distinction at first appeared between such as desired only to repress the exorbitancies of the hierarchy, and such as pretended totally to annihilate episcopal jurisdiction.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell

  • Or, if any distinction be made in this respect, the preference is surely due to those national councils, by whose interposition the exorbitancies of tyrannical power are restrained, and that sacred liberty is preserved, which heroic spirits, in all ages, have deemed more precious than life itself.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I.

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