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  • adj. Alternative spelling of pent-up.


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  • Fitfulness, unlooked-for changes of mood, misconceptions of words and actions, substitution of fancy for fact, ” which had annoyed me during the previous season, as inconsistent in a person of such capacious judgment and sustained self-government, ” were now referred to the morbid influence of affections pent up to prey upon themselves.

    Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli

  • Not, indeed, when sorrow breaks upon them, and loved ones pass into the paradise of God: then nature, and truth, and love, are too strong for them: and the instincts and affections of their new-born hearts, long pent up in a forced and unnatural constraint, come down in full tide upon them, and carry them over the narrow barriers of their unsympathising theology.

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

  • Overcharged emotion long pent up seeks a natural outlet.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • By the sixth day of October, the German front ranks had reached the camp of Mallius Maximus, who preferred not to keep his army pent up within its walls.

    The First Man in Rome

  • And in all this din of the great and mighty, the still small voice of truth was drowned, or pent up into cloisters; and private men were overcome with a devoted, immoderate love of worldly things, and began to plant and build; and the days of Noe came back again, which is the forerunning sign of the last times.

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

  • It savours of some unacquaintance with the promises of God and the duty of prayer, to imagine that the matter of them, so as to suit the various conditions of believers, can be pent up in any one form of man's devising.


  • Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Hall, in their valuable work on Ireland, state that the possessors of the whole province of Ulster were driven out under pain of mortal punishment from their homes and lands, without roof over their heads, to be pent up in the most barren portion of C.nnaught, where to pass a certain boundary line was instant death without trial, and where it was commonly said, “There is not wood enough to hang a man, water enough to drown him, nor earth enough to bury him.”

    Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer


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