Usage examples for efficacy

  1. Many of the Italian artists that I knew believed in the efficacy of coral as a talisman and always kept a bit of it about them to rub " for luck" just before they went on for their part of the performance. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  2. It is hardly surprising that savages attach a magic efficacy to words. – How We Think by John Dewey
  3. But managed with the sympathetic imagination which is infallibly produced by real faith in goodwill, its efficacy may approach the miraculous. – The Feast of St. Friend by Arnold Bennett
  4. When a man is in a rage and wants to hurt another in consequence, he can always regard himself as the civil arm of a spiritual power, and all the more easily because there is real need to assert the righteous efficacy of indignation. – Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot
  5. And then there was another torrent of eloquence, in answering which Herbert found that his arguments were of very little efficacy. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  6. Experience has left no doubt either of the necessity or of the efficacy of competent military skill in those portions of an army in fitting it for the final duties which it may have to perform. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. He who believes in the efficacy of his father's or mother's prayers lives a nobler life than the skeptic. – Praying for Money by Russell H. Conwell
  8. Secondly, they have reposed their trust in the efficacy of frequent elections, and in their own power to remove their own servants and agents whenever they see cause. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  9. Shakespeare, however favoured by nature, could impart only what he had learned; and as he must increase his ideas, like other mortals, by gradual acquisition, he, like them, grew wiser as he grew older, could display life better, as he knew it more, and instruct with more efficacy, as he was himself more amply instructed. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  10. Mr. Gosse, for example, has expressed a touching faith in the efficacy of the book- plate. – Americans and Others by Agnes Repplier
  11. He says: We are afraid to harbour in our own hearts, or to utter in the hearing of others, any thought of our Lord as hungering, tired, or sorrowful, or having a human soul, a human will, and affected by the events of human life as a finite creature is: and yet one- half of the efficacy of His atonement and the whole of the efficacy of His example depend on His having been this to the full. – Memoranda Sacra by J. Rendel Harris
  12. For in this matter, man’ s works, merit, gifts, and virtue, however lovely these may appear to be, have no efficacy; our justification depends solely on the exalted and perfect merit of Jesus Christ, apprehended by faith, even as it is set forth in chap. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  13. In these words, you may consider more distinctly, who this is, and then, for whom he is made a sacrifice, and withal, the efficacy of this sacrifice, and the sufficiency. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  14. How far the mysterious efficacy of the royal touch affected my after career believers in the divine rights and spiritual powers of a king may speculate as they please. – My Life as an Author by Martin Farquhar Tupper
  15. Nevertheless, a very small Number of Persons, who must have extremely delicate and sensible Skins, do not experience the Efficacy of this Application. – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  16. We have noticed already Shakespeare's love of good blood, and belief in its wondrous efficacy; it is one of his permanent and most characteristic traits. – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  17. I am just a little doubtful about the efficacy of its method of training young men. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  18. Secondly, a belief in the efficacy of self- mortification as a means of obtaining super- human powers or final salvation. – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot