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  • v. Present participle of surmount.


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  • While Scandinavian countries, for example, have been exceptionally successful in surmounting gender discrimination and promoting gender parity, their legislative lessons and models are of little use in Pakistan, where those who hope to enact legislation to prevent forms of gender-based and domestic violence contend with fundamental debates, such as the question of whether legislation that affects how men treat their wives should be considered a violation of a widely acknowledged concept of rights.

    Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza: Troubled History of Domestic Violence Legislation in Pakistan

  • But when a person of the sex which, according to our customs and prejudices, must encounter infinitely more difficulties than men to familiarize herself with these thorny researches, succeeds nevertheless in surmounting these obstacles and penetrating the most obscure parts of them, then without doubt she must have the noblest courage, quite extraordinary talents and superior genius.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • We [...] shall first rely on the individual's right and capacity to advance his own economic well-being, to control the fruits of his efforts and to plan his own and his family's future; and, where government is rightly involved, we shall assist the individual in surmounting urgent problems beyond his own power and responsibility to control.

    July 2006

  • The exploitation of your natural resources has been greatly accelerated by the benefits of modern Science; I think immediately of Aircraft, Electronics and last but not least the magnificent new Seaway to the Lakes -- these and other symbols of the twentieth century have helped in surmounting the particular problems presented by the severity of your winter, and brought the outlying but important posts of your vast country within relatively easy reach of each other, whether by air, water or land.

    Lloyd's Of London

  • On the summits of both are curious conical caps (like those described as surmounting the gable turrets), from which ribs run down the angles.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester A Description of its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See

  • She saw Charlotta sally forth into the garden with a determined, do-or-die expression surmounting her freckles, without feeling interest enough to go and make sure that she did not root out all the late asters in her tardy and wilfully postponed warfare on weeds.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903

  • All ante-bath difficulties seem now -- what they really are -- facilities of which we are by far too much elated to avail ourselves; dangers that used to appear appalling are felt now to be lulling securities -- obstacles, like mountains, lying in our way of life as we walked towards the temple of Apollo or Plutus, we smile at the idea of surmounting, so molehillish do they look, and we kick them aside like an old footstool.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

  • Imprisoning "emergence" within the ambit of history is drab anthropocentrism surmounting which is the basic idea behind the advent of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.

    The advent of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo

  • Castro, for example, takes every occasion to publish his revolutionary thoughts in the Cuban press, while other former leaders found philanthropic organisations to pursue concerns close to their hearts, such as surmounting the challenges of development or promoting interfaith understanding or civilisational dialogue (Chirac and Blair fall into this category).

    Al-Ahram Weekly Online

  • Mr. Romney's rivals face a challenge in surmounting his superior organizational and financial edge in the Jan. 31 primary there.

    Gingrich Wins in South Carolina


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