Usage examples for vacillation

  1. It stood in particular at a very low ebb as I waited, an hour later, at the little north postern of the Castle, and, cowering within the shelter of the arch to escape the wind, debated whether his Majesty's energy would sustain him to the point of action, or whether he might not, in one of those fits of treacherous vacillation which had again and again marred his plans, send those to keep the appointment who would give a final account of me. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. I knew His Majesty's weakness and vacillation too well to repose any confidence in him; if the King of Navarre also abandoned me, I was indeed without hope, as without resource. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. I can at least be honest, and then you may think what you please of my weakness and vacillation – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  4. Zwingli, seeing the chief danger in the vacillation of Bern and her lack of energy, resolved, since, just at that time, another meeting in Bremgarten had been brought about by the advocates of peace, to use all his personal influence with Jacob von Wattenwyl and Peter im Haag, the Bernese deputies there. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  5. The faculty of 'second- sight' must have been well developed in him, for without a moment's vacillation doubt or delay, he struck into a path which led direct to a certain wooded hill- side. – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  6. These things bespeak an industrious, efficient, and tractable king, such as the Norwegians, who would equally resent either vacillation or tyranny, know how to appreciate. – Norwegian Life by Ethlyn T. Clough
  7. There is, however, beginning to be some vacillation as to the received belief on this subject as regards London. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  8. The use of indefinite and weakening expressions leads to suspicion of vacillation and indecision. – Sound Military Decision by U.s. Naval War College
  9. That way vacillation confusion, and disaster lie. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  10. The King's timidity and vacillation were so well known that 'twas impossible not to question his good faith even in this last extremity. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  11. But in the measures taken to put down the rebellion we can see nothing but incapacity, vacillation and even timidity. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  12. Blanco accepted the explanation with a bow, then he spoke energetically and rapidly, pressing his advantage before the other's weakness should lead him into fresh vacillation – The Lighted Match by Charles Neville Buck
  13. No vacillation attended the Indian's mood. – The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey
  14. When Flora had come home, and Drumtochty resumed freedom of criticism, I noticed for the first time a certain vacillation in its treatment of Lachlan. – Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush by Ian Maclaren
  15. Edward, on whom alone Tostig had relied, had already, with his ordinary vacillation been swayed towards a right decision, partly by the counsels of Alred and his other prelates, and especially by the representations of Haco, whose grave bearing and profound dissimulation had gained a singular influence over the formal and melancholy King. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. Thus is explained the singular vacillation of the mind when it tries to define chance. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  17. She hated her own vacillation – The Title Market by Emily Post
  18. This paper Isa read to Mrs. Plausaby, and that lady, after much vacillation signed it with a feeble hand. – The Mystery of Metropolisville by Edward Eggleston
  19. There was no hesitating vacillation in Sibyl's character. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  20. The vacillation of Leo in this business, and his desire to make things pleasant, are characteristic of the man, who acted just in the same way while negotiating with princes. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds