Usage examples for divest

  1. Yet Elmendorf could never divest himself of the idea that without him to warn, advise, or control, chaos would come again. – A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike by Charles King
  2. But I will go one step further and say that I think that many earnest men do great harm to the causes they advocate, because they treat ideas so heavily, and divest them of their charm. – Joyous Gard by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. To quit what we have, and do it here, is to throw it away to those who have no claim to it, and to divest ourselves of it, but to do no right with it; whereas we ought to keep it carefully together, with a resolution to do what right with it we are able; and who knows what opportunity Providence may put into our hands to do justice, at least, to some of those we have injured? – The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe
  4. Yet even in the soldier to shrink from pain, danger and death is a natural impulse, for it is one of the instincts of which no amount of training and discipline can entirely divest humanity. – The Irish at the Front by Michael MacDonagh
  5. He would seek to divest himself for a time of those personal peculiarities which tend to divide him from the thing he studies. – The Defendant by G.K. Chesterton
  6. I wish you, therefore, to be clothed in it; and in order that you may clothe you the better, I wish you to divest yourself of all self- love according to nature and the senses, which you feel for yourself, your children, and any other created thing. – Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Catherine Benincasa