Usage examples for shortsighted

  1. That a nation may remain neutral I can understand, but only from fear, or from lack of due preparation, or perhaps, without realising it, for the lure of a certain momentary gain, through a little mistaken and shortsighted selfishness. – War by Pierre Loti
  2. Miss Reed held the book rather close to her face, being shortsighted; but, without even lifting her eyes, she had become aware of the entrance of Mrs Griffith and George. – Orientations by William Somerset Maugham
  3. Indeed one of the principal uses of the Upper House is to defend the vested rights of property in cases in which those rights are unpopular, and are attacked on grounds which to shortsighted politicians seem valid. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  4. The attitude of the Austrian authorities toward their unwilling subjects of the Trentino was characterized by a vindictiveness as savage as it was shortsighted. – The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the Ægean by Edward Alexander Powell
  5. She was shortsighted, which seemed to be the case also with most of the other ladies in the room; this, perhaps, was why they stared so hard at us, and then went on with the elaborate pieces of needlework on which all of them were engaged. – Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  6. Excellent people, no doubt, but distressingly shortsighted in some matters. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  7. Sonia has none, and Nita's is really not enough for three shortsighted persons. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  8. The forest reserves should be set apart forever for the use and benefit of our people as a whole and not sacrificed to the shortsighted greed of a few. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  9. Even where men are willing, as sometimes they are, to barter their blood for lucre, to hazard their safety for the gratification of their avarice, the passion which animates them to that sort of conflict, like all the shortsighted passions, must see its objects distinct and near at hand. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  10. Sunderland, ever false, and ever shortsighted, unable to discern the signs of approaching reaction, and anxious to conciliate the party which he believed to be irresistible, determined to vote against the court. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  11. The look she gave him when their eyes met at last sent this shortsighted young gentleman up to the seventh heaven. – M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur." by G.J. Whyte-Melville
  12. This time the visitors proved to be Eugenia and Alice, with the first of whom the impulsive Ella was perfectly delighted, she was so refined, so genteel, so richly dressed, and assumed withal such a patronizing air, that the shortsighted Ella felt rather overawed, particularly when she spoke of her " uncle in India," with whom she was " such a favorite." – Dora Deane by Mary J. Holmes
  13. And if there wa'n't zipp and scream to it, then I'm shortsighted in the eyes. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  14. It is shortsighted to overlook its significance in the transition of the faith. – The Making of the New Testament by Benjamin W. Bacon
  15. This is the mystic idea, pure and simple; of course there are various grades of it, as there are of the popular one; for no man holds his own creed and nothing more; and it is good for him, in this piecemeal and shortsighted world, that he should not. – Literary and General Lectures and Essays by Charles Kingsley