Usage examples for factitious

  1. That law of unity, which has its foundations, not in the factitious necessity of custom, but in nature itself, the unity of feeling, is every where and at all times observed by Shakspeare in his plays. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  2. " To maintain such system," he proceeds, " required much tact; and, with the energy of the Begam's administration, this was not wanting: but when her increasing age and infirmities devolved the uncontrolled management on her heir, the factitious nature of her system was clearly demonstrated." – Fall-of-the-Moghul-Empire-of-Hindustan by Keene, H. G. (Henry George)
  3. He was possessed of a factitious ease and self- possession that was almost aggression. – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  4. The English government acknowledged him by the highest military rank he had held at that time when the treaty of Amiens was concluded with him as First Consul; and the sound of General Buonaparte, now so hateful in his ears, who had under that style wielded the destinies of the world, might have been lost, if Napoleon himself had chosen, in some factitious style. – The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by John Gibson Lockhart
  5. Is it that, when the glow has faded, Cleopatra's ecstasy comes to appear, I would not say factitious, but an effort strained and prodigious as well as glorious, not, like Othello's last speech, the final expression of character, of thoughts and emotions which have dominated a whole life? – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  6. These two joined in the merriment, as if they followed perfectly, as indeed they might, and gave a small sigh afterward, with a little factitious air. – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  7. He finds all the intellectual circles in England working themselves into a fury about ideas, factitious ideas, which positively did not exist for him when he was a happy abstraction. – Personality in Literature by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  8. These measures were generally approved, and Arthur calculated that the more equal " distribution of the revenue would suppress every factitious cause of discontent." – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  9. Its rise during the years of Napoleonic tyranny on the continent of Europe, and its continuance during the factitious calm of the First Restoration in France, were due to circumstances that never existed before and are little likely to occur again. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  10. The factitious enthusiasm which had been created in favour of France, as well as the prejudice against England, began to die out. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  11. I have added sweets, from which our factitious wines are made; and I would have added spirits, but that the total alteration of the duties in 1789, and the recent interruption of our distilleries, rendered any comparison impracticable. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  12. I was wrong no doubt: it is just that those should be most favored by their common mother, who are least disposed to pervert her gifts, or to give the preference to advantages which are factitious, and often very frivolous. – Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific by Gabriel Franchere
  13. No factitious mirth was this year displayed; it was all natural; and if it did not add to the small sum of happiness of the distressed part of the Parisian community, it must, for a while at least, have made them forget their wretchedness. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  14. When he arrived in the bedroom where Hale was lying groaning, Jennings had the factitious strength of the spirit. – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  15. She could not but feel her own immeasurable superiority over them, and yet she perceived with indignation that the accident of birth invested them with a factitious dignity, which enabled them to look down upon her with condescension. – Madame Roland, Makers of History by John S. C. Abbott
  16. And yet it was factitious. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  17. He must- he does in these days- colour Nature with the records of his own mind, and bestow a factitious life and interest on her by making her reflect his own joy or sorrow. – Literary and General Lectures and Essays by Charles Kingsley
  18. This melancholy was factitious, was less than transient foam on the deep sea of her joy. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett