Usage examples for vestment

  1. But they nourish the longest hair, hanging down unto the knees, and even below; moreover, they carry a beard more at length than any other men; but, what is more, after this promised beard is risen to them, they never after use any clothing, but send down, truly, the hairs from the back much below the knees, but draw the beard before down to the feet; afterward, when they have covered the whole body with hairs, they bind themselves, using those in the place of a vestment. – A Philological Essay Concerning the Pygmies of the Ancients by Edward Tyson
  2. Be that as it will, the boy's graundee not being a sufficient vestment for him, it became necessary he should be clothed. – Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.) by Robert Paltock Commentator: A. H. Bullen
  3. With so poor a vestment they contrive to satisfy the requirements of modesty; when they stand it drapes them fairly enough; and when they squat down in their manner, it falls between their legs, leaving nothing exposed but the bare knees and thighs. – Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific by Gabriel Franchere
  4. She penetrates the sun's transplendent shield, And through the obstruction of his vestment dire, Pierces the centermost sublimity Of his terrific heart, whose gurge of fire Heaves upward like a monstrous sea, And inly riven by Titanic throes, Fills all his frame with outward cataract Of separate and immingling torrent streams. – The Star-Treader and other poems by Clark Ashton Smith
  5. 1. Vestment of authority, appointment, term, etc. – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  6. Much of the surface of the earth is clothed in a light vestment of life, which, back in geologic time, seems to have more completely enveloped it than at present, as both the arctic and the antarctic regions bear evidence in their coal- beds and other fossil remains of luxuriant vegetable growths. – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  7. 1. Vestment of power, term, qualifications, election, etc. – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  8. And then the mass was presently over; and the server stepped forward again to assist the priest to unvest, himself lifting each vestment off, for Father Maxwell was terribly exhausted by now, and laying it on the altar. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  9. At Venice, for a couple of days, he had half a fit of melancholy over the pretended discovery that he had missed his way, and that the only proper vestment of plastic conceptions was the coloring of Titian and Paul Veronese. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  10. Carry your wolf within your most secret chamber, and put his vestment therein. – French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France
  11. First, the chasubles have not the shapes of a miner's apron, and they do not hoist themselves up on the shoulders of the priest, that excrescence, that puffing like the ear of a little donkey lying back, which the vestment makers use at Paris. – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  12. I look on the pale vestment of clay in which you suffered, and know that for you the awful mystery is solved. – May Brooke by Anna H. Dorsey
  13. They walked slowly, hand in hand, and when they had ascended the steps, and approached the altar, the priest threw over them a white scarf, or vestment, and they kneeled, and raising their little hands, joined them together, in the attitude of supplication. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  14. One might be disposed to imagine that in such a case it would be the first step which would involve the cost, and that there would be no greater difficulty for the departed soul to come back in the likeness of its old vestment of clay than to put on the unfamiliar and somewhat inconvenient form of a fowl. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  15. On hearing the row and suspecting its cause- for Pat had fled from the kingdom of Kerry from perils of the same sort- his reverence jumped out of bed with a great pound on the floor, and not knowing where to look for his clothes in the dark, he seized his surplice, which always lay in the press at the head of his bed, and got into it with miraculous speed, whisking along the floor two pounds and a half of Mr. Fogarty's best bacon, which the holy man had concealed in the folds of that sacred vestment, to elude the predatory instincts of the women, and from which he and Mr. Mahony were wont to cut their jovial rashers. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  16. She seldom worked, save for the poor; but she longed to do some honour to the one man who would have promoted her nearly vanished scheme, and this work she trusted to offer for a vestment to be used at his burial Mass. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. She took from beneath her vestment a little bag of silk and taking from it a ruby she put it in Barlow's hand, saying: " Here is the 'Lamp of Akbar; ' it protects and gives power." – Caste by W. A. Fraser
  18. In these words there is a beautiful allusion to the sound of the pendant bells on the vestment of the High Priest in the Jewish temple of old. – Memories of Bethany by John Ross Macduff
  19. Over and over, through the long hours he had asked himself that, and, as he brooded, the idealization with which he had adorned her fell like an enshrouding drapery to the dust; of the vestment of fancy nothing but tatters remained. – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  20. Intensely Italian, though he had never seen Italy; and though writing no language but ours, still writing it with a strange hybrid grace, bringing into it the rich and voluptuous colour and fragrance of the south, expressing in picture and poem nothing but an uneasy haunting sense of Italy- opulence of women, not of the south, nor yet of the north, Italian celebration, mystic altar linen, and pomp of gold vestment and legendary pane. – Modern Painting by George Moore