Usage examples for ineffectualness

  1. Warren Venables had let it rest in the end, realizing bitterly at last the ineffectualness of contest. – The Furnace by Rose Macaulay
  2. Having the gift of comprehension, she wholly knew their ineffectualness – The Furnace by Rose Macaulay
  3. She was angry enough with Lilith for having goaded her to the lie, but much angrier with herself for its blundering ineffectualness – The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  4. If by " ineffectualness is understood that, owing to their impulsive nature, the Celts often attempted more than they could accomplish, and thus failed; or that on many occasions of less import they changed their mind, and, after a slight effort, did not persevere in an undertaking just begun, there is no doubt of the truth of the observation. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  5. The damp has made the rope slack, so that the pulling action of the figure is in great measure destroyed, its effect being cancelled by its ineffectualness but for this the reader will easily make due allowance. – Ex Voto by Samuel Butler
  6. Her decision strengthened his own, and after a pause of deliberation he said quietly: There might be a good deal to urge on the other side- the ineffectualness of your sacrifice, the probability that when your son marries he will inevitably be absorbed back into the life of his class and his people; but I can't look at it in that way, because if I were in your place I believe I should feel just as you do about it. – Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton
  7. A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws. – Politics A Treatise on Government by Aristotle
  8. From the previous remarks, we map conclude, with Mr. Matthew Arnold, who has applied his critical and appreciative mind to the study of the Celtic character, that " the Celtic genius has sentiment as its main basis, with love of beauty, charm, and spirituality for its excellence," but, he adds, " ineffectualness and self- will for its defects." – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud