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  • v. to cause to suddenly die
  • v. to knock down
  • v. to invalidate

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
  • v. cause to die, especially suddenly
  • v. declare null and void; make ineffective


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  • As the serpent-charmer of India is compelled to extract the deadly teeth of his venomous prey before he is able to handle him with impunity, so the slaveholder must strike down the conscience of the slave before he can obtain the entire mastery over his victim.

    My Bondage and My Freedom. Part I.--Life as a Slave. Part II.--Life as a Freeman

  • In the center of the plaza Brother Neal had told Richard that Brother Narev's vision was that there would be the statue dominating the entrance to the palace, and it was to be a work which would strike down any observer with an overpowering sense of their own guilt and shame at mankind's evil nature.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • I was hard pressed to defend myself and yet not strike down Sab Than and, with him, my last chance to win the woman I loved.

    A Princess of Mars

  • Bareheaded Alexander on the left raises his spear to strike down King Darius on his chariot with outstretched hand at the battle of Gaugamela in northern Iraq.

    Alexander the Great

  • When they asked him to take away many of the privileges reserved to the smaller States, he reminded them that, though Mecklenburg and the Saxon duchies were helpless before the increased power of the Prussian Crown, they were protected by Prussian promises, and that a King of Prussia, though he might strike down his enemies, must always fulfil in spirit and in letter his obligations to his friends.

    Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire

  • We had workers who were on strike down around Rome Georgia, and well, we just became involved in everything that gave people trouble.

    Oral History Interview with Howard Kester, July 22, 1974. Interview B-0007-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)


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