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  • n. Plural form of velleity.


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  • Over and over again, when reading newspaper articles full of pompous words borrowed from Latin through French, when wearied with 'velleities' and 'solidarities' and 'altruisms' and

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Being A Condensed Translation Of The Variae Epistolae Of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator

  • Has he ever taken the risk of parting ways with left-wing velleities?

    Latin America

  • All the highest aspirations of the, early human race, its noblest religious temper, its most idealistic velleities of thought are summed up in this single vocable.

    Arya means an effort or an uprising and overcoming

  • The reasons given by the industrialist associations of Germany for retaining possession of Belfort as indispensable for the preservation of their country against our ideas of revenge are the same as those of Barrés exacting Mayence to protect us against the velleities of invasion by the Boches.

    Time Regained

  • And when the resident English bring the batteries of English political action to bear upon any of the bulwarks erected to protect the natives against their encroachments, the executive, with their real but faint velleities of something better, generally find it safer to their parliamentary interest, and at any rate less troublesome, to give up the disputed position than to defend it.

    Representative Government

  • These venerable ladies had admitted that in marrying, even opulently, out of the family, Emma had once more shown velleities of self-sacrifice.

    The Collectors

  • To study the original Chinese text is to pass as it were into the secret recesses of the Japanese brain, and to find in that darkened chamber a whole world of things which advertise ambitions mixed with limitations, hesitations overwhelmed by audacities, greatnesses succumbing to littlenesses, and vanities having the appearance of velleities.

    The Fight for the Republic in China

  • This is so true that one may safely affirm that if Russian patriotism has been sustained by our velleities of action, Russian destructiveness has been encouraged by our velleities of desertion.

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference

  • For he was convinced that their advice was often vitiated by gross ignorance and not always inspired by disinterestedness, while the orders they issued were hardly more than the velleities of well-meaning gropers in the dark who lacked the means of executing them.

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference

  • His tendencies, or, say, rather velleities -- for they proved to be hardly more -- were excellent, but he contrived no mechanism by which to convert them into institutions, and when pressed by gainsayers abandoned them.

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference


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  • very small pleasures. I came across the word in TS Eliot's "Portrait of a Lady":

    "--And so the conversation slips

    Among velleities and carefully caught regrets

    Through attenuated violins

    Mingled with remote regrets

    And begins."

    April 3, 2009

  • '-And so the conversation slips

    Among velleities and carefully caught regrets

    Through attenuated tones of violins

    Mingled with remote coronets

    And begins.'

    -Portrait of a Lady, by T.S. Eliot

    February 19, 2008