Usage examples for divest

  1. Rather than pass three hours waiting for a train at the little station of Ardrahan, it had been arranged to spend the time driving to Athenry; and, as the carriage rolled through the deliquefying country, the eyes of the man and the woman rested half fondly, half regretfully, and wholly pitifully, on all the familiar signs and the wild landmarks which during so many years had grown into and become part of the texture of their habitual thought; on things of which they would now have to wholly divest themselves, and remember only as the background of their younger lives. – Muslin by George Moore
  2. 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
  3. This water was of course unbridged, so, in order to cross, I was compelled to divest myself of my clothing and walk through it in nature's garb. – Through Five Republics on Horseback by G. Whitfield Ray
  4. By relieving him of detail it has made him more free to devote his attention to general policy; and, in fact, a departmental committee reported a few years ago that he ought " to divest himself of all but the most important matters in which the application of a new principle is involved." – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  5. Critics, like historians, should divest themselves of prejudice: they should never be misguided by the authority of a great name, nor yield that tribute to prescription, which is only due to merit. – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  6. Even His most immediate followers were unable to divest themselves of this notion, and it is plain enough that they went on hoping even to the end that Jesus would head a revolt and establish a kingdom in which they themselves would hold positions of dignity and importance: " Grant that we may sit, the one on thy right hand and the other on thy left in thy kingdom." – The New Theology by R. J. Campbell
  7. No private appropriation of these resources can divest him of his title to get access to them, and if he cannot find work himself, the State is bound to provide it for him in public workshops. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. He had got into a habit of being fretted about everything that happened, and he could not entirely divest himself of it even upon this occasion. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  11. Nasmyth managed to control his laughter, and went down to divest himself of his draperies. – The Greater Power by Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. We must divest ourselves of the illusions of the material life. – Light On The Path and Through the Gates of Gold by Mabel Collins
  16. She, however, gathered strength to answer, with a dignity that repressed further praises:- " Your grace is willing to divest me of what little I possess." – Precaution by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. She could not divest herself of the idea that she was forsaking " the bairns." – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  18. Every man comes to that strange spot in the dash through life where he stops to divest himself of an ideal. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. " But she wishes to look well, notwithstanding," continued Justina, as if excusing her, " so no wonder she goes to divest herself of her housemaid's apron." – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow