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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of pervade.


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  • A noble and forcible simplicity of expression pervades the old Norman French in which the romances of chivalry were first written, which is well reflected in the English of Sir Thomas

    A History of English Prose Fiction

  • He said that the attitude that "pervades" a large portion of the Joint Special Operations Command, which is part of the military's special forces branch and which has carried out secret missions to kill American targets, is one that supports "changing mosques into cathedrals."

    Seymour Hersh: Military Being Run By 'Crusaders'

  • The suit alleges that the investment bank's personnel-review system is used to promote men and that a men-first culture "pervades" the company's operations.

    Goldman Is Sued for Alleged Bias Against Women

  • In the expression of his hands, though angrily closed, there was always gentleness and tenderness; just as when they were open, and the handsome old gentleman would wave them with a little courtly flourish that sat well upon him, as he recalled some classic compliment that he had rendered to some reigning Beauty, there was a chivalrous grace about them such as pervades his softer verses.

    Contributions to All the Year Round

  • He could see no sky, no stars, could feel no wind, discover no light such as pervades even the darkest night.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921

  • For the youthful pair of revolutionists I felt a decided sympathy, such as pervades every generous heart when it beholds the dauntless approach of David towards Goliath.

    St. Cuthbert's

  • The lawsuit, filed Monday in New Haven, Conn., says sexual assault "pervades" the military.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • a solemn stilness prevailed for a moment, such as pervades the air before the earthquake begins, or the tempest rages.

    De Montmorency: a Novel Founded on Recent Fact

  • Small offices line the hallways, each with beveled glass doors displaying the names of the ministers and employees who occupy them, as well as snippets of the church-meets-modern-management jargon that pervades the organization.

    American Grace

  • And perhaps for me, this sense of sentient, sympathetic characters, pitted against a crazy world that is bound to have the upper hand over them, is something that pervades all her fiction.

    2009 September « Tales from the Reading Room


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