forcible-feeble love



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  • adj. Seemingly vigorous, but really weak or insipid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Seemingly vigorous, but really weak or insipid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Striving to be or appear strong or vigorous while being in reality feeble: as, a forcible-feeble style.
  • n. A feeble person striving to appear strong or vigorous: usually said of a writer.


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From Feeble, a character in the second part of Shakespeare's King Henry IV, to whom Falstaff derisively applies the epithet forcible.


  • The pitiful little forcible-feeble rebellion, all along but a futile attempt to cast straws against the wind, was now completely over and done with, and would never be heard of again.

    Australia Felix

  • For, at heart, the Professor abhorred change — he called it disorder — and, after one forcible-feeble effort to escape from his crusted shell, he sank back into it with what was almost a sigh of thanksgiving.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • Skin-the-Goat, assuming he was he, evidently with an axe to grind, was airing his grievances in a forcible-feeble philippic anent the natural resources of Ireland or something of that sort which he described in his lengthy dissertation as the richest country bar none on the face of


  • General Johnston's camp during Buchanan's forcible-feeble occupation of

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

  • This recovery was due also to the forcible-feeble character of the Radical campaign against the House of Lords, the unpopularity of the

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • Governor Martin of North Carolina, already deeply disturbed in anticipation of the coming revolutionary cataclysm, thundered in what was generally regarded as a forcible-feeble proclamation (February 19, 1775) against

    The Conquest of the Old Southwest; the romantic story of the early pioneers into Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky, 1740-1790

  • There is nothing wrong in this; it is simply threadbare and forcible-feeble.

    Misused Expressions

  • You, my hosts, and I may not agree in all our views; some of you would think me a very radical democrat—as, for the matter of that, I am—and my theory of imperialism would probably suit the anti-imperialists as little as it would suit a certain type of forcible-feeble imperialist.

    II. Biological Analogies in History

  • But even this situation 'peters out', the wife being sent away with her fate undecided, and the husband, represented as a 'forcible-feeble' person by the dramatist and as a feeble person, tout court, by the actor ....


  • The forcible-feeble malice of Mr Fletcher calls for no serious discussion; submit it to any continental scholar, to any honest British scholar, and he will ask contemptuously, though perhaps with a little stab of pain, how the name of Oxford comes to be associated with such wicked absurdities.

    The Open Secret of Ireland


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