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Usage examples for Undesigning

  1. The first comprises all those manifest indications of provident forethought, intelligent design, and moral purpose, which appear in the course of Nature, and which cannot be accounted for by a blind, unintelligent, undesigning cause. – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  2. I wished vehemently to have seen him in a condition of living independent, and to have lived in perfect indolence the rest of our days together, the two most idle, most innocent, undesigning poets of our age. – Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732) by Lewis Melville
  3. Undesigning and artless I trust she would have been under any circumstances, but to have been unreserved and open would have been scarcely possible; nor might you, my dear Charles, with your strong sense of filial piety, have been able exactly to discriminate how much of your attachment was choice, how much was duty. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  4. But all this seeming ignorance should be joined to thorough and extensive private informations: and, indeed, it is the best method of procuring them; for most people have such a vanity in showing a superiority over others, though but for a moment, and in the merest trifles, that they will tell you what they should not, rather than not show that they can tell what you did not know; besides that such seeming ignorance will make you pass for incurious and consequently undesigning – Letters to His Son, 1753-1754 by The Earl of Chesterfield
  5. Come, come, I know my Lady Plyant has a large eye, and would centre everything in her own circle; 'tis not the first time she has mistaken respect for love, and made Sir Paul jealous of the civility of an undesigning person, the better to bespeak his security in her unfeigned pleasures. – The Double-Dealer by William Congreve
  6. Her gentle frankness and undesigning temper gradually got the better of this little shyness, and she soon began to treat me as the son of her father's friend. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  7. I am sensible that the reader, if he hath but the least notion of greatness, must have such a contempt for the extreme folly of this fellow, that he will be very little concerned at any misfortunes which may befal him in the sequel; for to have no suspicion that an old schoolfellow, with whom he had, in his tenderest years, contracted a friendship, and who, on the accidental renewing of their acquaintance, had professed the most passionate regard for him, should be very ready to impose on him; in short, to conceive that a friend should, of his own accord, without any view to his own interest, endeavour to do him a service, must argue such weakness of mind, such ignorance of the world, and such an artless, simple, undesigning heart, as must render the person possessed of it the lowest creature and the properest object of contempt imaginable, in the eyes of every man of understanding and discernment. – The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great by Henry Fielding
  8. Honest, undesigning good sense is so unfashionable, that he must be a bold man who, at this time of day, attempts to bring it into esteem. – Æsop's Fables Embellished with One Hundred and Eleven Emblematical Devices. by Æsop
  9. In this way we are sure to obtain our end, for every girl, even the most undesigning in the presence of a bachelor endeavours to shew herself in the best light. – The Dead Lake and Other Tales by Paul Heyse
  10. Once received, it is a haunting idea; how many undesigning persons I suspected of watching me, it would be hard to calculate. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  11. 633. It is, " that organs for a definite end should be produced by undesigning or mechanical causes." – What is Darwinism? by Charles Hodge