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  • n. Plural form of imagining.


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  • All these designs proved vain imaginings-the astute statesmen failed to reckon with the virility and love of language of the French and the fertility of French mothers.

    Benjamin Franklin and Canada

  • Arriving there, he plunged fiercely into solving algebraical equations and working out geometry exercises, determined to put out of his head forthwith all vain imaginings of an enchanted orchard, white in the moonshine, with lilts of elfin music echoing down its long arcades.

    Kilmeny of the Orchard

  • [Page 58] shadows only, among the realities of living duty, inhabit hourly, daily, and for years, a world of imagined interests, wasting mental vigour upon exertions never made, and dimming common comforts by an ever-hovering mist of vain imaginings!

    Autobiography and Other Memorials of Mrs. Gilbert, Formerly Ann Taylor

  • "Now, if those things are not vain imaginings, Blanche, I do not know what are."

    The Semi-Detached House

  • It would be Hayek's dumber disciples that would be having those sorts of 'imaginings' - being familiar with

    Larvatus Prodeo

  • In none of my imaginings was my mother Spanish-speaking, or remarried, or awkward.


  • All so-called imaginings are realities and forces of unseen element.

    In Tune with the Infinite or, Fullness of Peace, Power, and Plenty

  • Gilliam is one of the great directors of fantasy -- I've written before about his masterpiece, Brazil -- because he uses fantasy for multiple purposes: for the fun of it, first of all, but also to investigate the entire concept of why we as human beings need fantasy and imagination; and then he allows enough ambiguity and complexity into his fantasies to allow viewers to construct their own imaginings of his imaginings, which is the great joy of experiencing fantastic works.

    Film Structure

  • Holbo thinks that this simplistic view is especially infelicitous in describing our reading of novels, which do not provoke these kinds of "imaginings" in the same way that other, more explict games of make-believe do.

    Philosophy and Literature

  • Our welcome has exceeded my wildest "imaginings" of what it might be like; and I have great difficulty in finding the words to express my gratitude.

    Stark, William R.


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