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  • n. Plural form of intimation.


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  • For sure Palin's comment is about as low as it's possible to stoop (seemingly) and is framed in such a way - although I wouldn't give Palin credit of intent - that it can be defended, at least partially, but it's doubt-stirring rhetoric that is best read in conjunction with all the other intimations from the McCain campaign suggesting 'otherness' and GWBush has no place in the analysis.

    What Sarah Palin Is Saying - Anil Dash

  • Christ had given plain intimations of it when he ordered them to teach all nations; and yet even Peter himself, who knew so much of his Master's mind, could not understand it, till it was here revealed by vision, that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, Eph. iii.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Whether he admired one more than the other had never been a problem in her mind, though now she recalled the intimations of her aunts -- intimations which she had cast into the limbo to which she committed their views and insinuations on most topics.

    Otherwise Phyllis

  • As Warhol remembered it, Karp also said he had "intimations" that "something shocking was about to happen."

    'The Pop Revolution'

  • Nature herself, and, prostrating ourselves before her mystery, strive to interpret it according to our individual "intimations," listening, attent, for ourselves to her oracles, and making, to use the phrase of one of the profoundest of modern Nature-seers, our own "reading of earth."

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

  • It is this, so to say, conscious pantheism, this kinship with the secret forces and subtle moods of nature, this responsiveness to her mystic spiritual "intimations," that give to those writings their peculiar significance and value.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

  • Job opposes this to Bildad (Job 8: 8) and Zophar (Job 20: 4). tokens -- rather, "intimations" (for example, inscriptions, proverbs, signifying the results of their observation), testimony.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The system, he thought, was fatal to all the affections which had made life dear to him; to the vague 'intimations' which, whatever else they might be, had yet power to give harmony to our existence.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) James Mill

  • Until Joseph, British Conservatism had prided itself on being void of ideas, on being based on what the philosopher Michael Oakeshott called "intimations", vague hints and divagations that were difficult to spell out to the multitude.

    New Statesman

  • How those things could be, it is to be discoursed by persons well versed in the causes of natural and supernatural events: for my part I will not pretend to understand them, unless (according to the opinion of some Philosophers) we may believe that the air being full of intelligences and spirits, who foreseeing future events, and commiserating the condition of mankind, give them warning by these kind of intimations, that they may the more timely provide and defend themselves against their calamities.

    Miscellanies Upon Various Subjects


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