Sentence Examples


  • Gibbon's stylistic artifice both averted the peril of prosecution and rendered the attack more telling.
  • In this he succeeded, though not without a good deal of artifice, more creditable to his ingenuity than to his virtue.
  • But Louis XVI.s reign (1774-1792) was only to be a temporary halting-place, an artifice of history for passing through the transition period whilst elaborating the transformation which was to revolutionize, together with France, the whole world.
  • He had not attempted to include in his calculations the orbital variations of the disturbing bodies; but Lagrange, by the happy artifice of transferring the origin of coordinates from the centre of the sun to the centre of gravity of the sun and planets, obtained a simplification of the formulae, by which the same analysis was rendered equally applicable to each of the planets severally.
  • The style of the whole book is nervous, vivid, free from artifice and rhetoric, obeying the writer's thought with absolute plasticity.