Usage examples for imbibe

  1. Mr. Howitt treats the philosophers either as ignorant babies, or as conscious spirit- fearers: and seems much inclined to accuse the world at large of dreading, lest by the actual presence of the other world their Christianity should imbibe a spiritual element which would unfit it for the purposes of their lives. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. Every seminary of learning may be said to be surrounded with an atmosphere of floating knowledge, where every mind may imbibe somewhat congenial to its own original conceptions. – Seven Discourses on Art by Joshua Reynolds
  3. The prince was then about fifteen years old, and therefore quite competent, if not properly to understand, yet to imbibe the essence of ideas of that sort. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  4. On such glorious days as these we seem to imbibe the gladness of the hills. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  5. And we ought to be slow, lest we imbibe error in the guise of truth. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  6. They are veritable bloodsuckers, and the amount of blood which a mosquito can imbibe is astonishing. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  7. This act was founded on the pretence, that the safety of the island might be endangered, if the slaves were to imbibe the religious principles of their masters. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament (1808), Vol. I by Thomas Clarkson
  8. " You know," she said, " my uncle declares that if only you could be taught to imbibe a little more of the real philosophy of living, you would become quite a desirable person." – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. Please remember I have lived in the East long enough to imbibe some of its philosophy. – The Monk of Hambleton by Armstrong Livingston
  10. Living familiarly solely amongst themselves, however they may be forced into visiting promiscuously, they imbibe certain manners, certain peculiarities in mode and words- even in an accent or a pronunciation, which are confined to themselves; and whatever differs from these little eccentricities, they are apt to condemn as vulgar and suburban. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  11. The clerks, like the place, are somewhat imposing; they are in no hurry, they allow you time to look round you and imbibe the sense of awe which the magnificent mahogany counter and the brazen fittings, all the evidences of wealth, are so calculated to inspire. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  12. They came to original conclusions; they did not imbibe so much at second- hand by means of criticism and ready- made opinions. – Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern
  13. She was pleased that he seemed to be pleased with her; he asked her to " imbibe" some ice- cream with him. – Missy by Dana Gatlin
  14. Tom proposed getting overboard; but there was the difficulty of getting in again; so Mudge advised that we should simply dip our clothes in the water and put them on again, that we might thus imbibe some moisture through our skins. – Twice Lost by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. Mrs. Wilson had found it necessary to give her charge very different views on many subjects from those which Jane and Clara had been suffered to imbibe of themselves; but in no degree had she impaired the obligations of filial piety or family concord. – Precaution by James Fenimore Cooper
  16. You had to bite it and imbibe it at the same time. – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki
  17. Believing that my previous experience in the article justified me in drinking freely of the treacherous liquid, I did not hesitate on my arrival here to imbibe on various occasions as much of the undiluted Croton as my thirsty body seemed to need. – Doesticks, What He Says by Q. K. Philander Doesticks
  18. This carpet at our feet, covered with flowers that breathe, sweet as good deeds, to Heaven; the stream that breaks through that distant copse, laughing in the light of noon, and sending its voice through the hill and woodland, like a messenger of glad tidings; the green boughs over our head, vocal with a thousand songs, all inspirations of a joy too exquisite for silence; the very leaves, which seem to dance and quiver with delight,- think you, Aubrey, that these are so sullen as not to return thanks for the happiness they imbibe with being: what are those thanks but the incense of their joy? – Devereux, Book I. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  19. His artistic career was in some respects an accident, for, developing a tendency to consumption in his late boyhood, his mother took him to Rome and remained there long enough to enable him to imbibe some of the artistic traditions of the Eternal City and to begin work with H. K. Brown, the sculptor. – American Men of Mind by Burton E. Stevenson