Usage examples for elicit

  1. Pan is a book that offends against all sorts of rules; as a literary product it is eminently calculated to elicit, especially in England, the Olympian " this will never do." – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. Those amendments were the unconditional articles of surrender proposed for Don John's signature on the 25th of September- articles which could only elicit words of defiance from his lips. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. Isabelle would have liked to question her attendant, and endeavour to elicit some information from her, but the girl was more like an automaton than anything else, and it was impossible to gain more than a monosyllable from her lips. – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  4. Thus, to elicit individuality has been the object of the best political institutions and governments. – The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) by Frederic G. Kenyon
  5. But what the nature of their employment was to be, even the keenest of the village " cross examiners" had failed to elicit. – The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise by Margaret Burnham
  6. In order to quiet this apprehension, and to secure to the people their cherished object of peace, this communication is to present these facts and elicit an authoritative assurance that the Government of the Confederate States will continue to respect and observe the position indicated as assumed by Kentucky. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  7. The Roman poets first learned, from the study of Greek poetry, to feel the graceful combinations and the musical power of expression, and were thus stimulated and trained to elicit similar effects from their native language. – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  8. We need not be surprised therefore at His silence when she pleaded, for this might well be calculated to elicit some expression of faith, something to separate her from her fellows, and so enable Him to bless her without breaking down prematurely all distinctions. – The Gospel According to St. Mark by G. A. Chadwick
  9. She seemed weary and sad, and he determined to probe far enough to elicit some confidence, but the more fluent he became, the more effectively she withdrew from him. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  10. For the remainder of their dread progress they would elicit only the startled regard of an occasional adult farmer. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  11. But the only reply he could elicit was a repetition of the above: " The oldest." –  by
  12. The Irkutsk Circle asked questions which were not calculated to elicit a single fact connected with labour, either in Russia or England, but were just the usual clap- trap monkey business, such as: " Why should we be satisfied with half, when we have the bourgeoisie down and can take all?" – With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia by John Ward
  13. While the influence of the work on the biology of flowers was extraordinarily great, it could not fail to elicit opinions at variance with Darwin's conclusions. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  14. Meanwhile her self- revelations continued, being evidently prompted, at least as much by the desire to obtain some explanation of herself for herself, to whom she was, she avowed, a complete puzzle, as by the desire to elicit answering confidences from me. – The Story of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland and of the new Gospel of Interpretation by Edward Maitland
  15. He smiled meaningly, pressed the girl's fingers, and smiled again, attempting in vain to elicit some response. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  16. Kirkwood fumbled with the lamp, but, whether its rude handling had impaired some vital part of the mechanism, or whether the batteries through much use were worn out, he was able to elicit only one feeble glow, which was instantly smothered by the darkness. – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
  17. By giving you the sad reasons for a refusal which I am compelled to give, I meant to soften it and not to elicit homage. – The Deserted Woman by Honore de Balzac
  18. Still, the idea that had led him into this sudden intimacy with Plank, vague or not, persisted; and he was always hovering on the edge of hinting at something which might elicit a responsive hint from the flattered master of Black Fells. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  19. Such judges take advantage of their judicial office by cross- examining witnesses for the defence after the Crown Prosecutor has finished with them, in the effort to bring to light some damaging fact or contradiction which the previous examination has failed to elicit. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees