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  • adj. Alternative form of wolfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wolfish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of wolfish.


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  •   The heavy black snow is coming down harder now and the wolvish things are howling in the distance.

    Who Do You Say I Am

  • Eventually they are liberated by, as is usually the case with Blake, a "vision," one in which they see their daughter living in paradisiacal peace in the wild (where Blake's fearsome tyger lives); compelled by their vision, they remain in the wild themselves, which is in fact an island of innocence: "to this day they dwell/In a lonely dell/Nor fear the wolvish howl,/Nor the lions growl."

    Blake's Contraries Game

  • A Scylla, barking wolvish at the loins 'last verge,

    Poems and Fragments

  • His demon eyes were pleading, and his voice was tender, even as it twisted in a wolvish growl, the voice of her beloved.

    My Demon's Kiss

  • Simon roared, human voice becoming wolvish howl as he transformed.

    My Demon's Kiss

  • Simon had never seen himself in wolvish form, but he imagined this beast could have been his twin.

    My Demon's Kiss

  • They took no notice of Pippin; but Sam shrank against the wall, while two wolvish-looking dogs sniffed at him suspiciously, and snarled if he moved.

    The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Goneril is a kite: her ingratitude has a serpent's tooth: she has struck her father most serpent-like upon the very heart: her visage is wolvish: she has tied sharp-toothed unkindness like a vulture on her father's breast: for her husband she is a gilded serpent: to Gloster her cruelty seems to have the fangs of a boar.

    Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

  • They went to them indeed as to sheep, but they found them to be wolves: they were lost sheep; such as had lost their nature, and degenerated into a wolvish kind.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. V.

  • If superstition and despotism have been suffered to let in their wolvish sheep to trample and eat it down even to the surface, yet the roots remain alive, and the second growth may prove the stronger and healthier for the temporary interruption.

    Biographia Literaria


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