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Mot  n.  
1.
A word; hence, a motto; a device. (Obs.) "Tarquin's eye may read the mot afar."
2.
A pithy or witty saying; a witticism. (A Gallicism) "Here and there turns up a... savage mot."
3.
A note or brief strain on a bugle.






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... especial delight in Giotto's society, and used frequently to visit him while working in the Castello dell'Uovo, taking pleasure in watching his pencil and listening to his discourse; 'and Giotto,' says Vasari, 'who had ever his repartee and bon-mot ready, held him there, fascinated at once with the magic of his pencil and pleasantry of his tongue.' We are not told the length of his sojourn at Naples, but it must have been for a considerable period, judging from the quantity of works he executed there. ...
— Giotto and his works in Padua • John Ruskin

... memoirs of Madame d'Epinay tell us how in 1754, at dinner at Mlle Quinault's, impotent to reply to the polite atheistical persiflage of the company, he broke out: 'Et moi, messieurs, je crois en Dieu. Je sors si vous dites un mot de plus.' That was not what he meant; neither was the First Discourse what he meant. He had still to find his language, and to find his language he had to find his peace. He was like a twig whirled about in an eddy of a stream. Suddenly the stream bore him to Geneva, ...
— Aspects of Literature • J. Middleton Murry

... dit: On a de lui plusieurs comedies qui ont ete imprimees en diverses villes d'Espagne, et une piece facetieuse, sous le titre El Diabolo Cojuelo, novella de la otra vida: sur quoi M. de La Monnoye fait cette note. Comment un homme qui fait tant le modeste et le reserve a-t-il pu ecrire un mot tel que celui-la? Cette note n'est pas juste. Il semble que M. de La Monnoye veuille taxer Baillet de n'avoir pas sontenu le caractere de modestie, qu'il affectoit. Baillet ne faisoit pas le modeste, il l'etoit veritablement par etat et ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844 • Various

... darkness and the lamps of the car would pick out the cloaked figure of the sentry as the spotlight picks out the figure of an actor on the stage, and I would lean forward and whisper the magic mot d'ordre, I always had the feeling that I was taking part in a play-which was not so very far from the truth, for, though I did not appreciate it at the time, we were all actors, more or less important, in the greatest drama ...
— Fighting in Flanders • E. Alexander Powell

... is designed ingeniously to convey a notion of its strict ceremony and its wide dominion,—to show that even in the heart of Arraghael we were not beasts in that year when the red flash of the sword came on us and the persecution of the torch. The MacNicoll's Night in the Hie Street of MacCailein Mot's town was an adventure uncommon enough to be spoken of for years after, and otherwise (except for the little feuds between the Glens-men and the burghers without tartan), our country-side was as safe as the heart of France—safer ...
— John Splendid - The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn • Neil Munro

... reculee ce mot avait un sens different: il signifiait bruit, cries de joie, &c. Joinville dit dans son Histoire de Louis IX.,—'La noise que ils (les Sarrazins) menoient de leurs cors sarrazinnoiz estoit espouvantable a escouter.' Les Anglais nous ont emprunte ...
— Notes & Queries, No. 39. Saturday, July 27, 1850 • Various

... the Belgian, gravely. "I know. Helen told me some days ago, though she did not mention this encounter. Yes, defend him with all your power, if you will. Stay after we others have gone and—have it out with her. The Phidias lady (I must remember that mot, by-the-way) is preparing to take her leave now, and I will follow her at once. She shall believe that I am enamoured, that I sigh for her. Eh!" said he, shaking his head—and the lines in the kindly old face seemed to deepen, but in a sort ...
— Jason • Justus Miles Forman

... it appears that M. Lullier objected to being whipped, or rather imprisoned, and being as full of cunning as of valour he managed to slip out of his place of confinement, without drum or trumpet. "Dear Rochefort," he writes to the editor of Le Mot d'Ordre, "you know of what infamous machinations I have been the victim." I suppose M. Rochefort does, but I am obliged to confess that I have not the least idea, unless indeed M. Lullier means by "machinations" the order that was given him to bring Mont Valerien in his waistcoat pocket. ...
— Paris under the Commune • John Leighton

... if ever it thee byfalle, Boece or Troylus for to wryten nuwe, Under thy long lokkes thowe most have the scalle, But affter my makyng thowe wryte more truwe; So offt a daye I mot thy werk renuwe, It to corect, and eke to rubbe and scrape, And al is thorugh ...
— The Booklover and His Books • Harry Lyman Koopman

... are exceptions, and the rule and hodiernal life of a good man is benefaction. The true charity of Goethe is to be inferred from the account he gave Dr. Eckermann of the way in which he had spent his fortune. "Each bon-mot of mine has cost a purse of gold. Half a million of my own money, the fortune I inherited, my salary and the large income derived from my writings for fifty years back, have been expended to instruct me in what I now know. I have ...
— Essays, Second Series • Ralph Waldo Emerson

... who began to write his Historiettes in 1657, says of the Marquise de Rambouillet: "Elle est un peu trop delicate ... on n'oscrait prononcer le mot de cul. Cela va dans l'exces." Half a century later, in England, Mandeville, in the Remarks appended to his Fable of the Bees, refers to the almost prudish modesty inculcated on children from their ...
— Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6) • Havelock Ellis

... des observations des commissaires, on a cru devoir changer, dans les deux medailles du general Gates et du general Green, le mot Provinciarum en celui de Regionum. Et dans les medailles de Gates, du cote de la tete, au lieu de Duci provido on a mis ...
— The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876 • J. F. Loubat

... less childish is it for an author to lay the blame on reviewers. A good sturdy author is a match for a hundred reviewers. He, I grant, knows nothing of either literature or science who does not know that a mot d'ordre given by a few wire- pullers can, for a time, make or mar any man's success. People neither know what it is they like nor do they want to find out, all they care about is the being supposed to derive their likings from the best West-end magazines, so they look to the ...
— The Note-Books of Samuel Butler • Samuel Butler

... Guegiera, Bally, Dobora et Macheda. Toutes ces Prouinces cy dessus sont situees iustement sous la ligne equinoxiale, entres les Tropiques de Capricorne, et de Cancer. Mais elles s'approchent de nostre Tropique, de deux cens cinquante lieues plus qu'elles ne font de l'autre Tropique. Ce mot de Prestre Jean signifie grand Seigneur, et n'est pas Prestre comme plusieurs pense, il a este tousiours Chrestien, mais souuent Schismatique: maintenant il est Catholique, et reconnaist le Pape pour Souuerain Pontife. I'ay veu quelqu'vn des ses Euesques, estant en Hierusalem, auec ...
— A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II) • Augustus De Morgan

... 1857. it is one we made for them, 7 in march after the lions had them there is no better in the State, we are 7 miles from Delaware Bay. you may understand what i mean. I wrote last december to the anti Slavery Society for James Mot and others concerning of purchasing a horse for this Bisnes if your friends can help us the work must stil go on for ther is much frait pases over this Road, But ther has Ben but 3 conductors for sum time, you may no that there is ...
— The Underground Railroad • William Still

... nook apart, Discuss'd the world, and settled all the spheres; The wits watch'd every loophole for their art, To introduce a bon-mot head and ears; Small is the rest of those who would be smart, A moment's good thing may have cost them years Before they find an hour to introduce it; And then, even then, some bore may make ...
— Don Juan • Lord Byron

... dispersed and put to flight consisted, as I was afterward informed, of the greater part of Averil's cavalry division, and a great number of the men of this command were so panic-stricken that they did mot consider themselves safe until they had reached the opposite side of the Rapidan, when they straggled off for miles ...
— Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15) - The Romance of Reality • Charles Morris

... is, I would not; and when I had said those words I fell into a reverie, collecting in my own head all the reasons I could for not going to Egypt. All this time Buonaparte was going on with some confidential communication to me of his secret intentions and views; and when it was ended, le seul mot, Arabie, m'avait frappe l'oreille. Alors, je voudrais m'avoir arrache les cheveux," making the motion so to do, "pour pouvoir me rapeller ce qu'il venait de me dire. But I never could recall one single word ...
— The Life And Letters Of Maria Edgeworth, Vol. 1 • Maria Edgeworth

... "Ah! Mais c'est un mot! Do let me repeat it to my friend Ladislas. Vous savez, he is writing a society novel, read me some of it. Charming! Nous aurons enfin le grand ...
— Virgin Soil • Ivan S. Turgenev

... drawn by the enthusiasm of the artist than that there is some kind of preordained harmony between words and things, whereby expression and thought tally exactly, like the halves of a puzzle? This illusion, called in France the doctrine of the mot propre, is a will o' the wisp which has kept many an artist dancing on its trail. That there is one, and only one way of expressing one thing has been the belief of other writers besides Gustave Flaubert, inspiriting them to a desperate and fruitful ...
— Style • Walter Raleigh

... muoi moin, mot mnay moi moe ming 2 bar ba bar bar bar hai bar pra pra 3 pei pi pe pei peng ba peh pe pe 4 puon pan puon puon puon bon pon pon pon 5 sung m'sun sung pram (po)dam nam pram pram pram 6 thpat t'rou trou prou ...
— The Khasis • P. R. T. Gurdon

... est co Rollanz ki tant vus soelt amer. Par nule guise ne m'aviez desfiet," Dist Oliviers: "Or vus oi jo parler Io ne vus vei. Veied vus damnedeus! Ferut vus ai. Kar le me pardunez!" Rollanz respunt: "Jo n'ai nient de mel. Jol vus parduins ici e devant deu." A icel mot l'uns al altre ad clinet. Par tel amur ...
— Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres • Henry Adams

... Marquis had been talking for some time, De Grammont turned to his wife and said, 'Countess, if you don't look to it, Dangeau will juggle you out of my conversion.' St. Evremond said he would gladly die to go off with so successful a bon-mot. ...
— The Wits and Beaux of Society - Volume 1 • Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton

... autant qu'elle m'honore! Un intrt pressant veut que je vous implore. J'attends ou mon malheur ou ma flicit; Et tout dpend, Seigneur, de votre volont. Un mot de votre bouche, en terminant mes peines, Peut rendre Esther heureuse entre toutes les ...
— Esther • Jean Racine

... French meant to keep them all, they were well pleased with this figurative assurance of Rigaud that they should have their share. [Footnote: "Mes enfans, leur dis-je, le temps approche ou il faut faire d'autre viande que le pore frais; au reste, nous la mangerons tous eusemble; ce mot les flatta dans la crainte qu'ils avoient qu'apres la prise du fort nous ne nous reservames tous les ...
— A Half-Century of Conflict, Volume II • Francis Parkman

... he at is to rakel to renden his cloe[gh], Mot efte sitte with more vn-sounde to sewe hem togeder. For he that is too rash to rend his clothes, Must afterwards sit with more unsound (worse ones) to sew them ...
— Early English Alliterative Poems - in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century • Various

... wherever avarice, and poverty, and desire, and yearning after riches are to be found), at least, thank God, such unions are not arranged upon a regular organized SYSTEM: there is a fiction of attachment with us, and there is a consolation in the deceit ("the homage," according to the old mot of Rochefoucauld) "which vice pays to virtue"; for the very falsehood shows that the virtue exists somewhere. We once heard a furious old French colonel inveighing against the chastity of English demoiselles: ...
— The Paris Sketch Book Of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh • William Makepeace Thackeray

... refutation public, and wrote to Voltaire: "Lorsque j'eus achev mon ouvrage contre l'athisme, je crus ma rfutation trs orthodoxe, je la relus, et je la trouvai bien loigne de l'tre. Il y a des endroits qui ne saurait paratre sans effaroucher les timides et scandaliser les dvots. Un petit mot qui m'est chapp sur l'ternit du monde me ferait lapider dans votre patrie, si j'y tais n particulier, et que je l'eusse fait imprimer. Je sens que je n'ai point du tout ni l'me ni le style thologique." [57:10] Voltaire, in his "petite drlerie ...
— Baron d'Holbach - A Study of Eighteenth Century Radicalism in France • Max Pearson Cushing

... rendit de mauvais offices a personne par des railleries." The Marquis de La Fork tried to entertain His Majesty at the expense of an English nobleman. "Ce prince," says Dohna "prit son air severe, et, le regardant sans mot dire, lui fit rentrer les paroles dans le ventre. Le Marquis m'en fit ses plaintes quelques heures apres. 'J'ai mal pris ma bisque,' dit-il; 'j'ai cru faire l'agreable sur le chapitre de Milord.. mais ...
— The History of England from the Accession of James II. - Volume 3 (of 5) • Thomas Babington Macaulay

... villa on Rhode Island Avenue when the eighteen-year-old daughter of the house remarks to the circle of young men and women about her at a dance: "Well, I'm going to bed—seule!" The listener furtively speculates about mama. He feels quite sure about papa. Anyhow this particular mot attracted no comment. Doubtless the young lady was as far above suspicion as the wife of Caesar; but she and her companions in this particular set have an appalling frankness of speech and a callousness in regard to discussing the more personal facts of human existence that is startling ...
— The "Goldfish" • Arthur Train

... form of education was to be preferred would not have been so quickly and conclusively decided if there had not been in favor of classical education, as you expressed it just now, its moral—disons le mot—anti-nihilist influence." ...
— Anna Karenina • Leo Tolstoy

... mot sur la description de la Palestine par Brochard, parce que l'original Latin ayant, ete imprime elle est connue, et que Mielot, dans le preambule de sa traduction, assure, ce dont je me suis convaincu, n'y avoir adjouste rien ...
— The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, - and Discoveries of The English Nation, Volume 10 - Asia, Part III • Richard Hakluyt

... to reflect how the fairest fame may be destroyed, and the best character be travestied in the public estimation, by a jest, a bon mot, or an epigram, which contains any very pointed allusion. The story tells to advantage. It is no diminution of its chance of progress, that it is in the very last degree void of even the shadow of foundation. Its wit, its humour, or its malignity embalms it, and saves it from destruction. ...
— The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810 • Various

... he is soon stiff; he heardeth also clei. he hardens like clay; hit is him ikunde. it is of kin to him. mon hine met mit on [gh]erde. They measure him with a yard, and tha molde seoththen. and that dust, thenceforth, ne mot he of thaere molde. 65 may not of the earth habben namore. have any more thonne that rihte imet. than that right measured rihtliche taecheth. rightly teacheth. Thonne lith the clei clot. Then lies ...
— The Departing Soul's Address to the Body • Anonymous

... de toutes les emotions mousseuses et genereuses qui se montrent dans la Societe. C'est un empereur manque,—un tyran a la troisieme trituration. C'est un esprit dur, borne, exact, grand dans les petitesses, petit dans les grandeurs, selon le mot du grand Jefferson. On ne l'aime pas dans la Societe, mais on le respecte et on le craint. Il n'y a qu'un mot pour ce membre audessus de "Bylaws." Ce mot est pour lui ce que l'Om est aux Hindous. C'est sa religion; il n'y a rien audela. Ce ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 6, April, 1858 • Various

... abime enseveli, J'ai le meme destin. Je m'y devais attendre. Accoutumons-nous a l'oubli. Oublies comme moi dans cet affreux repaire, Mille autres moutons, comme moi Pendus aux crocs sanglants du charnier populaire, Seront servis au peuple-roi. Que pouvaient mes amis? Oui, de leur main cherie Un mot, a travers ces barreaux, A verse quelque baume en mon ame fletrie; De l'or peut-etre a mes bourreaux.... Mais tout est precipice. Ils ont eu droit de vivre. Vivez, amis, vivez contents! En depit de Bavus, soyez lents a me suivre; Peut-etre en de plus heureux temps J'ai moi-meme, ...
— French Lyrics • Arthur Graves Canfield

... accomplished his desire. No one suspected the deep seriousness that he concealed under this idle play. No one dreamed that this gay, smiling prince, on whose lips there was always a witty jest or bon mot; who proposed a concert every evening, in which he himself took part; who surrounded himself with artists, poets, and gay cavaliers, with whom he passed many nights of wild mirth and gayety—no one dreamed that this harmless, ingenuous young prince, was on the point of overthrowing the ...
— Frederick the Great and His Court • L. Muhlbach

... the money with which to buy his food. She caught herself criticizing his belief that, since his joke about trying to keep her out of the poorhouse had once been accepted as admirable humor, it should continue to be his daily bon mot. It was a nuisance to have to run down the street after him because she had forgotten to ask him for money ...
— Main Street • Sinclair Lewis

... that float in the open air, The apple-shaped earth and we upon it, surely the drift of them is something grand, I do not know what it is except that it is grand, and that it is happiness, And that the enclosing purport of us here is not a speculation or bon-mot or reconnoissance, And that it is not something which by luck may turn out well for us, and without luck must be a failure for us, And not something which may yet be retracted ...
— Leaves of Grass • Walt Whitman

... you" (he said to Mrs. Bergmann), "without knowing that you were beautiful; que vous etes belle et que vous etes desirable; que vous etes puissante et caline, que je fais naufrage dans une mer d'amour—e il naufragio m'e dolce in questo mare—en un mot, que je vous aime." ...
— Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches • Maurice Baring

... from a local magazine, which professes to come from a "vieille chronique." Littre naturally wants to know what chronicle. In Scheler's Dictionnaire etymologique (Brussels, 1888), it is "proved," by means of the same story elaborated, "que c'est la la veritable origine du mot ...
— The Romance of Words (4th ed.) • Ernest Weekley

... photographer proved as resourceful as could be desired, and perhaps the most striking feature of the illustration was the spaciousness of the apartment in which monsieur Tricotrin was presented to readers of Le Demi-Mot. The name of the thoroughfare was ...
— A Chair on The Boulevard • Leonard Merrick

... Boyd kend he was master man, And serv'd him in his ain degre. "God mot thee save, brave Outlaw Murray! Thy ladye, and all thy chyvalrie!" "Marry, thou's wellcum, gentelman, Some king's messenger ...
— Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3) • Walter Scott

... elle-meme des motifs—of the repugnance for all action—the soul petrified by the sentiment of the infinite, in all this I recognize myself. Celui qui a dechiffre le secret de la vie finie, qui en a lu le mot, est sorti du monde des vivants, il est mort de fait. I can feel forcibly the truth of this, as it ...
— Amiel's Journal • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... constructive minds. If we understand him rightly, while not excluding the influence of onomatopeia, (or physical imitation,) he would attach a far greater importance to metaphysical causes. He says admirably well, "La liaison du sens et du mot n'est jamais necessaire, jamais arbitraire; toujours elle est motivee." His theory amounts to this: that the fresh perfection of the senses and the mental faculties made the primitive ...
— Atlantic Monthly Volume 6, No. 34, August, 1860 • Various

... estoyent accommodez a coups de dague. Les massacreurs usoyent de ce mot accommoder, l'accommodans a leur bestiale et diabolique cruaute." Mem. de ...
— History of the Rise of the Huguenots - Volume 2 • Henry Baird

... in this manner; the second was a little better; and the third better still—until at last the way of life became endurable. There is nothing in the world impracticable; and Napoleon never spoke a truer word than when he said, "Impossible!—C'est le mot ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844 • Various

... egalement de ce que vous avez ecrit sur ce sujet a la fin du dernier numero de la Revue d'Edimbourg. On sent en lisant ce morceau combien celui qui l'a ecrit aime et connait bien la France. Il a ete fort remarque chez nous. Si vous me permettez d'ajouter un seul mot qui vous prouvera que je l'ai lu avec attention, je vous signalerai un lapsus calami qui vous a echappe. Le fondateur de notre branche d'Orleans, fils de Louis XIII, frere de Louis XIV, s'appelait Philippe et non Gaston. Gaston etait le nom du fils de Henri IV, frere ...
— Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Henry Reeve, C.B., D.C.L. - In Two Volumes. VOL. II. • John Knox Laughton

... ye dat brower, by the moder got dan Gut naught it mot wast, to sent cafrin to mi lanma & ...
— The Interlude of Wealth and Health • Anonymous

... serviteurs, un petit billet de moi partant de Glueckstadt, sur ce qu'avions parle, suppliant tres-humblement votre Excellence d'en avoir soin sans aucun bruit. Et si la commodite de votre Excellence le permettra, je vous supplie de vouloir ecrire un mot de lettre au Resident d'ici pour mieux jouir de sa bonne conversation sur ce qui concerne la correspondance avec votre Excellence; et selon que votre Excellence m'avisera je me gouvernerai exactement, me fiant entierement a la generosite de votre Excellence, et ...
— A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. • Bulstrode Whitelocke

... faire raisouner paisiblement sur la Trinite. On lui avoit donue un Nouveau Testament daus sa langue, il le lut, et s'expliquant, avec respect, sur ce livre, il commence par declarer que l'ayant examine fort soigneusement, il n'y avoit pas trouve un mot d'ou l'on fuit conclure qu'il y eut trois dieux." Histoire generale des Voyages, par l'Abbe A.F. Prevost. 4to. Paris. 1747. Tom. ...
— Biographical Memorials of James Oglethorpe • Thaddeus Mason Harris

... etes bien bonne, Mademoiselle.... No, merit have no reward here. Reformer a man, like me! A man who also have ruin himself in dis service! I have lost in it so much as twenty thousand livres. What have I now? Tranchons le mot; je n'ai pas le sou, et me voila exactement vis-a-vis ...
— Minna von Barnhelm • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

... giv eg var ein Vott paa denne Handi at eg fekk strjuka Kinni den.—Ho talar.— Aa tala meir, Ljos-Engel, med du lyser so klaart i denne Natti kring mitt Hovud, som naar dat kem ein utfloygd Himmels Sending mot Folk, som keika seg og stira beint upp med undrarsame kvit-snudd' Augo mot han, naar han skrid um dan seinleg-sigand' Skyi og sigler ...
— An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway • Martin Brown Ruud

... said I, "that Douglas Jerrold's celebrated bon mot about Australia must be put down to the same source. He said, if you remember, speaking of the prolific nature of the soil of the new continent, 'Tickle her with a hoe, and she will laugh with a harvest;' and in the Psalms we have the verse, 'The valleys also shall ...
— She and I, Volume 1 • John Conroy Hutcheson

... forment une branche importante de la litterature anglaise; pour designer un ecrivain de cette classe, nos voisons emploient un mot qui n'a pas d'equivalent en francais; ils disent: un essayist. Qu'est-ce qu'un essayist? L'essayist se distingue du moraliste, de l'historien, du critique litteraire, du biographe, de l'ecrivain politique; ...
— Critical and Historical Essays Volume 1 • Thomas Babington Macaulay

... towartis[892] your pure subjectis, Godis chosin pepill, and quhat ye aucht to craif justlie of thame agane; for than we sould haif na occatioun to feir your Majestieis wraith and indignatioun, nor your Hienes suspitioun in our inobedience. The samyn God mot[893] have youre ...
— The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) • John Knox

... hearing have been clearly ascertained to exist, mot only in fishes[1], but in mollusca. In the oyster the presence of an acoustic apparatus of the simplest possible construction has been established by the discoveries of Siebold[2], and from our knowledge of the reciprocal relations existing between ...
— Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon • J. Emerson Tennent

... March, exactly seventy-three days after my arrival at Zanzibar, the fifth caravan, led by myself, left the town of Bagamoyo for our first journey westward, with "Forward!" for its mot du guet. As the kirangozi unrolled the American flag, and put himself at the head of the caravan, and the pagazis, animals, soldiers, and idlers were lined for the march, we bade a long farewell to the dolce far niente of civilised life, to the blue ocean, ...
— How I Found Livingstone • Sir Henry M. Stanley

... le mot prefere, Marguerite?" asked Miss Marlett, who had heard the word, and who neglected ...
— The Mark Of Cain • Andrew Lang

... est ung mot panomphee, celebre et entendu de toutes nations, et nous signifie, beuuez. Et ici maintenons que non rire, ains boyre est le propre de l'homme. Je ne dy boyre simplement et absolument, car aussy bien boyvent les bestes; je dy boyre vin bon et ...
— Gryll Grange • Thomas Love Peacock

... confidence gave two of them to a couple of artists—ferocious romantics, who would gladly have eaten an Academician, if necessary; two he gave to a brace of young poets who secretly practised la rime riche, le mot propre, and la metaphore exacte: the other two he reserved for his cousin and himself. The general attitude of the audience on the first nights was hostile, "two systems, two parties, two armies, two civilizations even—it is not saying too ...
— A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century • Henry A. Beers

... pas?" said the old gentleman, with a smile, not displeased to observe the motive of our hesitation. He would not allow us to use the word emprunter, as applied to the conduct of his countrymen, with regard to the Louvre collection, "Non, voler, voila le mot." The little bourgeoise, who had lionized the Hermitage du Mont d'Or so eloquently, grew very communicative on the strength of the display which she had made, and M.C.'s good humour; and volunteered her sentiments on the folly of reflecting ...
— Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone - Made During the Year 1819 • John Hughes

... the laconic reply. "Yur right 'bout that. Its from old Hatcher's still—whar they us'ally put the water in afore they give ye the licker. I s'pose they do it to save a fellur the trouble o' mixing—Ha! ha! ha!" The squatter laughed at his own jest-mot as if he enjoyed it to any great extent, but rather as if desirous of putting his visitor in good-humour. The only evidence of his success was a dry smile, that curled upon the thin lip of the saint, rather sarcastically ...
— The Wild Huntress - Love in the Wilderness • Mayne Reid

... peu de mot le detail de nostre St. Hubert. Et j'ay eu soin que M. Woodstoc" (Bentinck's eldest son) "n'a point este a la chasse, bien moin au soupe, quoyqu'il fut icy. Vous pouvez pourtant croire que de n'avoir pas chasse l'a ...
— The History of England from the Accession of James II. - Volume 2 (of 5) • Thomas Babington Macaulay

... Endymion one day that he could not manage the great ladies. "Male swells," he would say laughingly, "I have measured physically and intellectually." The golden youth of the country seemed fascinated by his society, repeated his sententious bons-mot, and applied for shares in every company which he ...
— Endymion • Benjamin Disraeli

... retorted Bagby, "that if the king won't regard the law, he can't expect the rest of us to, noways. What 's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and if there ever was a gander it's him,"—a mot which produced a hearty ...
— Janice Meredith • Paul Leicester Ford

... d'apres vos lumieres," and immediately following my name, which I had put at the bottom of the cover: "Si quelquun necoute pas l'Eglise regardez le comme un Paien, et un Publicain." Matth. xviii. 17; adding the following observations: "Dans ce livre, on ne dit pas un mot de la penitence qui afflige le corps. Cependant il est de foi qu'elle est absolument necessaire au salut apres le peche, c'est a l'Eglise de J. C. qu'il appartient de determiner le sens ...
— The Substance of a Journal During a Residence at the Red River Colony, British North America • John West

... Handlingar roerande Severin Norby och de under hans ledning staende krigsfoeretagen mot Sverge, ed. N. J. Ekdahl. ...
— The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa • Paul Barron Watson

... fort aise que l'echo seul y repond. Au diable les amis! Je me souviens encore du moment ou mon pere et mes oncles Gerard appellerent autour d'eux leurs amis, et Dieu sait si les amis se sont empresses d'accourir a leur secours! Tenez, M. Yorke, ce mot, ami, m'irrite ...
— Shirley • Charlotte Bronte

... than the displeasure of his master. A pension, a title, a ribbon, are sufficient to make one forget the torments of hell and the pleasures of the celestial court. A woman's caresses expose him every day to the displeasure of the Most High. A joke, a banter, a bon-mot, make more impression upon the man of the world than all the grave notions of his religion. Are we not assured that a true repentance is sufficient to appease Divinity? However, we do not see that this true repentance is sincerely expressed; at least, we very rarely see great thieves, ...
— Superstition In All Ages (1732) - Common Sense • Jean Meslier

... he had referred them to Goulburn, who had decided in the affirmative, on which he had agreed to their friends being mustered, but that he took offence at something that was said in debate, and marched off sans mot dire; that somebody was sent after him to represent the bad effect of his departure, and entreat him to return, but he was gone to bed. This is by no means the first time Arbuthnot has spoken to me about Peel in this strain and ...
— The Greville Memoirs - A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, Vol. II • Charles C. F. Greville

... friends, who maintained their reputations at the height of their rank and their positions, often produced in her presence the seductive idea of the lover; they cast into her soul certain ardent talk of love, the "mot d'enigme" which life propounds to woman, the grand passion, as Madame de Stael called it,—preaching by example. When the countess asked naively, in a small and select circle of these friends, what difference there was between a lover and a husband, all those who ...
— A Daughter of Eve • Honore de Balzac

... Peron's description of the mountains on the South-western coast, is singularly applicable to the Gawler range—He says, Tom. III. p. 233. "Sur ces montagnes pelees on ne voit pas un arbre, pas un arbriseau, pas un arbuste; rien, en un mot, qui puisse faire souponner l'existence de queque terre vegetale. La durete du roc paroit braver ici tous les efforts de la nature, et resister a ces memes moyens de decomposition qu' elle emploie ailleurs avec ...
— Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central • Edward John Eyre

... l'atheisme, je crus ma refutation tres orthodoxe, je la relus, et je la trouvai bien eloignee de l'etre. Il y a des endroits qui ne saurait paraitre sans effaroucher les timides et scandaliser les devots. Un petit mot qui m'est echappe sur l'eternite du monde me ferait lapider dans votre patrie, si j'y etais ne particulier, et que je l'eusse fait imprimer. Je sens que je n'ai point du tout ni l'ame ni le style theologique." [57:10] Voltaire, ...
— Baron d'Holbach • Max Pearson Cushing

... he is a savetier * * * naturellement gai, et qui avait toujours le mot pour rire: the H. V. naturally changed him to a tailor as the Chmr or leather-worker would be inadmissible to ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 3 • Richard F. Burton

... as governor, and, after the Roman manner, had fleeced the province. That this was so there is no doubt. After his return he was accused, was defended by Cicero, and was acquitted. Macrobius tells us that Cicero, by the happiness of a bon-mot, brought the accused off safely, though he was manifestly guilty. He adds also that Cicero took care not to allow the joke to appear in the published edition of his speech.[266] There are parts of the speech which have been preserved, and are sufficiently amusing even to us. He ...
— Life of Cicero - Volume One • Anthony Trollope

... dittes acertes But saye certainly Comment je lauray How shall I haue it Sa{u}ns riens laissier." Withoute thyng to leue." "Je le vous donray a vng mot: "I shall gyue it you at one worde: 4 Certes, se vous le aues, Certaynly, if ye haue it, Vous en paieres chinq souls Ye shall ...
— Dialogues in French and English • William Caxton

... sure this man was a writer—strove earnestly to be distinct in aspect. This man had striven unsuccessfully. He wore a soft black hat of clerical kind, but of Bohemian intention, and a gray waterproof cape which, perhaps because it was waterproof, failed to be romantic. I decided that "dim" was the mot juste for him. I had already essayed to write, and was immensely keen on the mot juste, that Holy Grail of ...
— Enoch Soames - A Memory of the Eighteen-nineties • Max Beerbohm

... si haut! redescendons. Restons L'homme, restons Adam; mais non l'homme a tatons, Mais non l'Adam tombe! Tout autre reve altere L'espece d'ideal qui convient a la terre. Contentons-nous du mot: ...
— The Idea of Progress - An Inquiry Into Its Origin And Growth • J. B. Bury

... were sources of power, since by them we came to distinguish between right and wrong. He was the first man to say, "That country is governed best which is governed least." He gave Horace Walpole the cue for the mot, "When the people of Paris speak of the Garden of Eden, they always ...
— Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 9 - Subtitle: Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers • Elbert Hubbard

... very short discourses on the various schools of philosophy, together with a Glossary or Onomasticon interpreting the proper names which have been used after the following fashion: "Alcarinte. La Crainte, du mot francais par anagramme sans aucun changement," though how you can have an anagram without a change is ...
— A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 - From the Beginning to 1800 • George Saintsbury

... first spoke to M. d'Orleans. I began by extracting from him an admission of the neglect into which he had fallen—the dislike of the King, the hatred of Monseigneur, who accused him of wishing to replace his son in Spain; that of Madame de Maintenon, whom he had offended by his bon mot; the suspicions of the public, who talked of his chemical experiments—and then, throwing off all fear of consequences, I said that before he could hope to draw back his friends and the world to him, he must reinstate himself in the favour of the King. ...
— The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete • Duc de Saint-Simon

... egale des poetes de differens tems a plaire a leurs spectateurs, a encore inssue dans la maniere de peindre les caracteres. Ceux qui paroissent sur la scene Angloise, Espagnols, Francoise, sont plus Anglois, Espagnols, ou Francois que Grecs ou Romains, en un mot que ce qu'ils doivent etre. II ne faut qu'en peu de discernement pour s'appercevoir que nos Cesars et nos Achilles, en gardant meme un partie de leur charactere primitif, prennent droit de naturalite dans le pais ou ils sont transplantez, semblables a ces portraits, qui sortent de la main ...
— The Art Of Poetry An Epistle To The Pisos - Q. Horatii Flacci Epistola Ad Pisones, De Arte Poetica. • Horace

... succeed in converting into a problem, the rules we should receive and observe as a law, which it is a crime to construe. Moreover, to persuade women that it is not to themselves they are indebted for the virtue they possess, might it mot deprive them of the most powerful motive to induce them to preserve it? I mean by that, the persuasion that it is their own work they defend. The consequences of such morality would be discouraging, and tend to diminish, ...
— Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos, - the Celebrated Beauty of the Seventeenth Century • Robinson [and] Overton, ed. and translation.

... bruit est pour le fat, la plainte pour le sot, L'honnete homme trompe, s'eloigne, et ne dit mot;" ...
— The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction - Volume 14, No. 379, Saturday, July 4, 1829. • Various

... not only of positive science but of all intelligence, in these words: "Le veritable esprit positif consiste surtout a substituer toujours l'etude des lois invariables des phenomenes a celles de leurs causes proprement dites, premieres ou finales, en un mot la determination du comment a celle du pourquoi."—Systemede[TN-4] Politique Positive, i. p. 47. Compare Spencer's Essay entitled, "Reasons for dissenting from Comte." The purposive law is the ...
— The Religious Sentiment - Its Source and Aim: A Contribution to the Science and - Philosophy of Religion • Daniel G. Brinton

... trompois pas, messieurs; ce mot termine Toute l'irresolution; Le veritable Amphitryon Est l'Amphitryon ...
— Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 - A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook • The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.

... bien peu de pianistes pourraient egaler." Of a MS. concerto played by Field at his second concert, given on February 3, 1833, Fetis says that it is "diffus, peu riche en motifs heureux, peu digne, en un mot, de la renommee de son auteur," but "la delicieuse execution de M. Field nous ...
— Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician - Volume 1-2, Complete • Frederick Niecks

... are attributed, though at the same time their genius is denied; they form an efficient argument in the mouth of fools. Just as Monsieur de Talleyrand was supposed to hail all events of whatever kind with a bon mot, so in these days of the Restoration the clerical party had the credit of doing and undoing everything. Unfortunately, it did and undid nothing. Its influence was not wielded by a Cardinal Richelieu or a Cardinal ...
— Bureaucracy • Honore de Balzac

... coachman!" The production of an opera composed by the duke without the obbligato distribution of orders was inconceivable, even in democratic America, but the tongues of waggish gossips wagged so furiously that it was said only the stage manager was willing to accept his bauble. Brahms's bon mot touching the danger of criticizing the music of royalty, "because no one could tell who composed it," not being current at the time, the music of "Diana von Solange" was mercilessly faulted, as was also ...
— Chapters of Opera • Henry Edward Krehbiel

... entrer dans une grotte immense, o vous verrez des diamants, des rubis, des perles, des meraudes, des topazes, des amthystes, de l'or et de l'argent en grandes quantits. Vous verrez un sac par terre. Prenez-le et remplissez-le, sans dire un seul mot, et sortez en silence." ...
— Contes et lgendes - 1re Partie • H. A. Guerber

... amie—un mot de plus!" said she, putting the glass again into Matilda's hand, and leaning over her shoulder with a ...
— Tales And Novels, Volume 1 • Maria Edgeworth

... reflexions m'ont fait connaitre l'absurdite d'une telle enterprise. Je m'en suis donc tenu a la preface, sans toutefois, ainsi que le lecteur pourra s'en appercevoir, laisser tomber dans l'oubli le merite des notes. Encore un mot; M. Crapelet m'a attaque et je me suis defendu. Il peut recommencer, si cela lui fait plaisir; mais desormais je ne lui repondrai que par le silence et ...
— A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two • Thomas Frognall Dibdin

... the ranks; but, notwithstanding his infirmity, he had a remarkably firm seat on horseback, and in all situations a fearless one: no fatigue ever seemed too much for him, and his zeal and animation served to sustain the enthusiasm of the whole corps, while his ready 'mot a rire' kept up, in all, a degree of good-humor and relish for the service, without which the toil and privations of long daily drills would not easily have been submitted to by such a body of gentlemen. At every interval of exercise, the order, sit at ease, was the signal for the ...
— Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10) • John Gibson Lockhart

... say you think there's little wit In this, but you've all forgot That, instead of being a jeu d'esprit, 'Tis only a jeu de mot," ...
— Records of a Girlhood • Frances Anne Kemble

... uns tiennent cela pour superstition, qui quand on dit la Messe des espous√©es, lorsque l'on prononce ce mot Sara, √ la b√©n√©diction nuptiale, si vous estrerignez une esguillette, que le mari√© ne pourra rien faire √° son espous√©e la nuict suyuante, tant que la dite esguillette demeurera no√ľ√©e. Ce que j'ay veu exp√©rimenter faux infinies fois: car pourveuque l'esguillette ...
— Aphrodisiacs and Anti-aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction • John Davenport

... interested in the motto on the title-page,—"En un mot, on y voit beaucoup le caractere de S. Paul," and in the authorization,—"Nihil obstat. E. S. Keagh, Cong. Orat." ...
— Saint Patrick - 1887 • Heman White Chaplin

... The consumption of these drugs at that time almost surpassed belief. There was scarcely a sickly or hypochondriac person, from the Hill of Presburg to the Iron Gates, who had not taken large quantities of them." Mais voila le mot d'enigme. "'The Anglomania,"' was the answer to a query of the author, "'is nowhere stronger than in this part of the world. Whatever comes from England, be it Congreve rockets or vegetable pills, must ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846 • Various

... countless good things scattered abundantly up and down the original descriptions—inimitable touches of humour that had each of them, on the appreciative palate, the effect of that verbal bon-bon, the bon-mot—were sacrificed inexorably, apparently without a qualm, and certainly by wholesale. What the Reader looked to throughout, was the human element in his imaginings when they ...
— Charles Dickens as a Reader • Charles Kent

... one who guards, 4. En-croach'ment, unlawful intrusion on the rights of others. Brig'ands, robbers, those who live by plunder. 5. Mot'ley, composed of various colors. De-mo'ni-ac, devil-like. 6. Sub-or'di-nate, inferior in power. 7. Ma-rines, soldiers that serve on board of ships. De-mean'or, be-havior, deportment. 8. Par'ley, conversation or conference ...
— McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader • William Holmes McGuffey

... of his age and position, unexpectedly cut adrift, to find work and payment. By good fortune, his lease of this flat came to an end at Michaelmas, and already he had given notice that he did not mean to renew. Mrs. Hopper knew that he was on the point of leaving London, and mot a little lamented it, for to her the loss would be serious indeed. Warburton's habitual generosity led her to hope for some signal benefaction ere his departure; perhaps on that account she was specially emphatic in gratitude for her ...
— Will Warburton • George Gissing

... judgment, intelligence, and a natural taste that nothing could pervert, appeared astonished that any person should have formed so ill an opinion of the new actor, and said—"Il m'a fait pleurer, mot qui ne pleure guere."—He has drawn tears from me, 'albeit unused to the melting mood.' This expression was sufficient. He could not do otherwise than admit him into his company. The French theatre ...
— The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 6, June 1810 • Various

... stage of language sufficed to draw from Lane and Burckhardt strictures upon the "most immodest freedom of conversation in Egypt," where, as all the world over, there are three several stages for names of things and acts sensual. First we have the mot cru, the popular term, soon followed by the technical and scientific, and, lastly, the literary or figurative nomenclature, which is often much more immoral because more attractive, suggestive and seductive than the "raw word." And ...
— The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Volume 10 • Richard F. Burton

... 'Lord Bon Mot is a most gentlemanlike man,' said Delia, indignant at an admirer being attacked. 'He always wants to be amusing. Whenever he dines out, he comes and sits with me for half an hour to catch the air ...
— The Young Duke • Benjamin Disraeli

... King could stand the strain on him for three or four years he would certainly win the game. Unless he got tired and left me, I would not fail him. The Emperor at that time said of me, 'Ce n'est pas un homme serieux,' (Bismarck is not a serious man), a mot of which I did not think myself at liberty to remind him, in the weaver's ...
— Blood and Iron - Origin of German Empire As Revealed by Character of Its - Founder, Bismarck • John Hubert Greusel

... arm of his fair young wife. Disraeli, with his lustreless eyes and face like some seamed Hebraic parchment, came also, and whispered behind his hand to the faithful Corry. And Walter Sickert spread the latest mot of 'the Master,' who, with monocle, cane and tilted hat, flashed through ...
— The Works of Max Beerbohm • Max Beerbohm

... applied the touch of rouge to her cheeks, by which she had hidden, for several years, the slow ravages of decay; set her lips in a final smile; and with the air of a coquette uttered to the priest, who extended to her the last rites of religion, this laughing quip (mot d'elegance): "Attendez-moi, monsieur le cure, nous partirons ensemble" ("Wait a moment, monsieur, and ...
— Memoirs And Historical Chronicles Of The Courts Of Europe - Marguerite de Valois, Madame de Pompadour, and Catherine de Medici • Various

... is of the most brilliant and least truthful in Europe," M. Claude de Chauxville had said to a lady earlier in the evening, apropos of the great gathering at the French Embassy, and the mot had gone the round of ...
— The Sowers • Henry Seton Merriman

... doute. Il avoue sans aucune facon ne pas savoir ce qu'il ne scait pas, et quoyque je lui aye ouy dire plus de cinq ou six fois les mesme choses a l'occasion de quelques personnes qui ne les avaient point encore entendues, je les luy ay toujours ouy dire de la mesme maniere. En un mot je n'ay jamais ouy parler personne dont les paroles portassent ...
— France and England in North America, a Series of Historical Narratives, Part Third • Francis Parkman

... fixed the attention of the learned, who have imagined they recognize the Phoenician and Moabite tongues in the word camosi of the Pareni. Fuebot and zenquerot seem to remind us of the Phoenician words mot (clay), ardod (oak-tree), ephod, etc. But what can we conclude from simple terminations which are most frequently foreign to the roots? In Hebrew the feminine plurals terminate also in oth. I noted entire phrases in Poignave; but the young man whom I interrogated spoke so quick that ...
— Equinoctial Regions of America V2 • Alexander von Humboldt

... gentlemen, Hector,' she said; 'I will follow almost immediately; and remember'—— What else she said was delivered in a quick, low whisper; and the only words she permitted to be heard were: 'Pas un mot, si tu m'aime' (Not a ...
— Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 459 - Volume 18, New Series, October 16, 1852 • Various

... one believes in compliment. It has no currency, except done in a most commonplace way. But the epigrammatic compliment, the well-prepared impromptu, the careful rehearsed inspiration, is out of date. Now-a-days there are no wits, and no appreciation of The Wits. Conversation is damped by a bon-mot. An awful silence follows the most brilliant jeu de mot, as sombre as the darkness after a forked flash, or as the gardens at the Crystal Palace after the ...
— Happy-Thought Hall • F. C. Burnand

... net or that square inch of lace, the hurried trips downtown for samples and linings, for fringes and embroideries and braids and ribbons. The gown that she wore to her own dinner, Mrs. White had had fitted in the Maison Dernier Mot, in Paris;—it was an enchanting frock of embroidered white illusion, over pink illusion, over black illusion, under a short heavy tunic of silver spangles and threads. The yoke was of wonderful old lace, and there was a girdle of heavy pink cords, and silver clasps, to match ...
— The Rich Mrs. Burgoyne • Kathleen Norris

... most part never heard. It is in this column that I have just made the acquaintance of The Shoe Manufacturers' Monthly, the journal to which the elect turn eagerly upon each new moon. (Its one-time rival, The Footwear Fortnightly, has, I am told, quite lost its following.) The bon mot of the current number of The S.M.M. is a note to the effect that Kaffirs have a special fondness for boots which make a noise. I quote this simply as an excuse for referring to the old problem of the squeaky boots and the squeaky collar; the problem, ...
— Not that it Matters • A. A. Milne

... French soldiers with their long spikey bayonets, or our Tommies with the short broad bayonets that don't look half so deadly though I expect they are much worse. You either have to have a written passport up here, or you must know the "mot" if challenged by the French sentries. All this from Havre and St ...
— Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915 • Anonymous

... "all literary production which attains the power of giving pleasure by its form as distinct from its matter," he remained true to the creed of his great predecessors. "L'art pour art," he would say, quoting Georges Sand, "est un vain mot: l'art pour le vrai, l'art pour le beau et le bon, voila la religion que je cherche." When he succeeded to the laureateship he was proud to remember that the wreath which had descended ...
— The Early Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson • Tennyson

... un mot indeclinable, place devant les noms, les pronoms, et les verbes, qu'elle regit."—"The preposition is an indeclinable word placed before the nouns, pronouns, and verbs which it ...
— The Grammar of English Grammars • Goold Brown

... slip of paper in his hand and stared at it. "The rates for fares and freights existing at the time of the passage of this act shall mot be increased on the roads leased or united under it." What his sensations were when he read it no man might have read in his face, but his hand trembled a little, and along silence ensued before he gave it back to his son with ...
— The Crossing • Winston Churchill

... est celle de me justifier. Mais je me sens si innocente dans mon ame, et j'ai tant d'estime, de respect et d'affection pour vous, qu'il me semble que vous devez le connoitre a cent lieues de distance d'ici, encore que je ne vous dise pas un mot. C'est ce que me donne le courage de vous ecrire a cette heure, mais non pas ce qui m'en a empeche si longtemps. J'ai commence, a faillir par force, ayant eu beaucoup de maux, et depuis je l'ai faite par honte, et je vous avoue que si je n'avois a cette heure ...
— The Essays of "George Eliot" - Complete • George Eliot

... Goldsmith, from Musset and Pailleron and Labiche, to that crowded world of your creations. "Creations" one may well say, for you anticipated Nature herself: you gave us, before she did, in Alceste a Rousseau who was a gentleman not a lacquey; in a mot of Don Juan's, the secret of the new Religion and the watchword of ...
— Letters to Dead Authors • Andrew Lang

... "un mot charmant. You are beginning to be witty again, thank heaven, and you have every reason to,—any one that stands like you on the high end of the see-saw, nor stands ...
— The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries - Masterpieces of German Literature Vol. 19 • Various

... whether it was that nature and fortune had great designs for him to execute, and would not suffer his vast abilities to be lost and sunk in the arms of a wife, or whether neither nature nor fortune had any hand in the matter, is a point I will mot determine. Certain it is that this match did not produce that serene state we have mentioned above, but resembled the most turbulent and ruffled, rather than the most ...
— The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great • Henry Fielding

... vu le Grand Vizir, et je lui ai rendu, mot mot, le message contenu dans votre instruction confidentielle en date d'hier, relativement au jeune Armnien qui vient d'tre excut. Son Altesse a rpondu ...
— Correspondence Relating to Executions in Turkey for Apostacy from Islamism • Various

... conflicting elements—and the smoke of it ascends in reeking blasphemy to Heaven. Not from its church- altars does the cry of "How long, O Lord, how long!" ascend nowadays,—for its priests are more skilled in the use of the witty bon-mot or the polished sneer than in the power of the prophet's appeal,—it is from the Courts of Science that the warning note of terror sounds,—the cold vast courts where reasoning thinkers wander, and learn, and deeply meditate, knowing that all their ...
— The Master-Christian • Marie Corelli

... on her the impossible habit of consistency. She was reported as calling a hat a "hot," a rat a "rot," of teaching her little sister to read from the primer, "Is the cot on the mot?" Pronunciation became a test of character. The soft "r" and the hard "a" were taken as proofs ...
— In a Little Town • Rupert Hughes

... Phoenicians held a theory that all life was from the sea; and that, as the wet mud produces all sorts of herbs in spring now, so originally it produced all manner of animals. They worshiped it as a god, and called it Mot, or Mud. Anaximander took up the theory and carried it out in true Darwinian style, alleging that the first men sprang from the ground watered by the sea, and that they had spines like sea urchins; evidently deriving ...
— Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith - Being an Examination of the Evidences of Infidelity • Robert Patterson

... spring a bit in a season like this. I couldn't crush a poor, decent, hard-working devil like that. I'd give him a thorough good blackguarding for calculating upon crossing the run; and then, as a matter of form, I'd send a man with him, to see him across. Well, I suppose we must go and get our mot d' ordre, boys." ...
— Such is Life • Joseph Furphy

... Venetian or French. It contains 765 pages, paginated after European fashion, but the last eleven leaves are left blank reducing the number written to 742; and the terminal note, containing the date, is on the last leaf. Each page numbers IS lines and each leaf has its catchword (mot de rappel). It is not ordered by "karras" or quires; but is written upon 48 sets of 4 double leaves. The text is in a fair Syrian hand, but not so flowing as that of No. 1716, by Shawish himself, which the well-known Arabist, Baron de Slane, ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 6 • Richard F. Burton

... grippe that they wrapped him up in pillows and sent him home by sledge to St. Petersburg, where the four-handed card-party awaited him, and that very night he had the misfortune to lose his XXI. [Footnote: The card next to the highest in tarok.]; upon which the Czarina made the bon mot that Karr allowed himself twice to lose his XXI. (referring to twenty-one guns), which bon mot caused great merriment at ...
— Stories by Foreign Authors: Polish • Various

... Tournai, like that of Antoing and a good many small towns, is typical. The officers commanding in these districts either disregard the "mot d'ordre" given in Brussels or do not think it worth their while to keep up the sinister comedy played in the large towns. Here "Kultur" throws off her mask and the brute appears. We know at least where we stand. The conflict is cleared of all false pretence and paltry excuses. ...
— Through the Iron Bars • Emile Cammaerts

... charity, which secured him the general good reception which he enjoyed every where. In fact, a jest of Andrew Gemmells, especially at the expense of a person of consequence, flew round the circle which he frequented, as surely as the bon-mot of a man of established character for wit glides through the fashionable world. Many of his good things are held in remembrance, but are generally too local and personal to ...
— The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction - Volume 14, No. 397, Saturday, November 7, 1829. • Various

... ne nous reste plus qu'a dire un mot de M. Hamilton lui-meme, auteur de ces memoires, et du discours ...
— Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854 • Various

... of personal opinions, no matter how full of genius they may be. But this "scientific socialism," which, on account of the backwardness of political economy, could be only a step ahead, was taken by the younger generation of Russia as the "dernier mot" of the science. The result was, that several narrow and exclusive dogmas were grafted on this doctrine. Thus, the theory of "class struggle" transformed itself into the absolute negation of all community interests between the diverse ...
— Contemporary Russian Novelists • Serge Persky

... its brilliant termination of wisdom, liberty, and peace, seemed to promise similar good results to the efforts of reformers elsewhere. Treatises on moral science and on the nature and end of civil government were eagerly read, "Humanite, mot nouveau," as Cousin says, became the watch-word of the Parisians. It was the fashion among all classes, high as well as low, to talk of human rights, to exalt the virtue of the people, hitherto supposed to have none, and to execrate "bloody ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IV, No. 26, December, 1859 • Various

... really original quality. It gave her a curious pleasure to watch the waking of those mysterious fires which she saw kindling in him. She had quickly appreciated his moral qualities, his uprightness, his courage, the sort of Stoicism in him, so touching in a child. But for all that she did mot view him the less with the usual perspicacity of her sharp, mocking eyes. His awkwardness, his ugliness, his little ridiculous qualities amused her; she did not take him altogether seriously; she did not take many things seriously. Jean-Christophe's antic outbursts, his violence, his fantastic humor, ...
— Jean-Christophe, Vol. I • Romain Rolland

... the Pinjarajala roses are not without thorns. The graminivorous "subjects," of course, could mot wish for anything better; but I doubt very much whether the beasts of prey, such as tigers, hyenas, and wolves, are content with the rules and the forcibly prescribed diet. Jainas themselves turn with disgust even from eggs and fish, and, in ...
— From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan • Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

... vous pensez sans doute que, bien convaincu de ma dignite d'homme, je me crois en droit de vous dire franchement ma facon de penser; je vous la dirai, Monsieur. Si vous dirigiez un journal bibliographique; que vous fissiez, en un mot, le metier de journaliste, je serai peu surpris de voir dans votre Trentieme Lettre, une foule de choses hasardees, de mauvais calembourgs, de grossieretes, que nous ne rencontrons meme pas chez nos journalistes du dernier ordre, en ...
— A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One • Thomas Frognall Dibdin

... lively, more agreable or more witty girls, than we are; not an hour in the Day hangs heavy on our Hands. We read, we work, we walk, and when fatigued with these Employments releive our spirits, either by a lively song, a graceful Dance, or by some smart bon-mot, and witty repartee. We are handsome my dear Charlotte, very handsome and the greatest of our Perfections is, that we are entirely insensible of them ourselves. But why do I thus dwell on myself! Let me rather repeat the praise of ...
— Persuasion • Jane Austen

... had had their pick of the market. But there was little chance of redress, for if they growled in the town-mote there were the abbot's officers before whom the meeting must be held; and if they growled to their alderman, he was the abbot's nominee and received the symbol of office, the mot-horn, the town-horn, at ...
— Stray Studies from England and Italy • John Richard Green

... see her surrounded. The minister from the place with a name like Ruritania was so immensely bowled over that he was already murmuring in a low voice (almost a hiss, as they say in melodrama): 'Vous etes chez vous, quand? Dites un mot, un mot seulement, et je me precipiterai a vos pieds,' while at the same time, in her other ear, Lord Rye was explaining (to her pretended intense interest) how he could play the whole of Elektra, The Chocolate Soldier and Nightbirds ...
— Tenterhooks • Ada Leverson

... Coote, the secretary of the Association, was asked if Shakespeare had not written many very reprehensible passages. Mr. Coote was obliged to admit that he had, and when asked why the Association he represented did mot proceed against Shakespeare he answered because Shakespeare wrote beautifully. A strangely immoral doctrine, for if the license of expression that Shakespeare availed himself of be harmful, Shakespeare should be prosecuted; that he wrote beautifully is no defense whatever. ...
— Memoirs of My Dead Life • George Moore

... he repeated, and continued vehemently: "Do you really expect me to believe that a girl of your age, with the choice of a dinner-party among the elite, with lace, silk, and feathers, champagne, bon-mot, and scandal, flattering speeches and soft looks from young gentlemen, biting words and hard looks from old ladies, or the alternative of a dull, lonely evening in this cold, dreary den of mine, shut up with mummies, MSS., and musty books, could deliberately decline the former and voluntarily ...
— St. Elmo • Augusta J. Evans

... de temporiser avec Buonaparte. Moi je sais ce que sont ces guerres dont l'Europe saigne encore, comme une victime sous le couteau du boucher. Il faut en finir avec Napoleon Buonaparte. Vous vous effrayez a tort d'un mot si dur! Je n'ai pas de magnanimite, dit-on? Soit! que m'importe ce qu'on dit de moi? Je n'ai pas ici a me faire une reputation de heros magnanime, mais a guerir, si la cure est possible, l'Europe qui se meurt, ...
— The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1 • Elizabeth Gaskell

... vacant but the insulting mind. The skippers of the steamboats—hardened Cockneys with an eye to business—knew what a delight this baiting of the august assembly would be to the most democratic and most sarcastic crowd in Europe; and accordingly it became the "mot d'ordre" with the steamboat skipper, when the tide was full, to bring his vessel almost to the very walls of the Terrace, and thus to give the tripper the opportunity of gazing from very near at the lions ...
— Sketches In The House (1893) • T. P. O'Connor

... of Baron that plays in a German band, perhaps," added her husband, with a whole series of winks to give point to this mot. ...
— Count Bunker • J. Storer Clouston

... Abbe Brigaud, folding his papers, "here is the first savant on record who has been known to make a bon-mot. It is true that he did not ...
— The Conspirators - The Chevalier d'Harmental • Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

... flattering offers of Philip II. with the shrewd remark, that all the favor he had to expect from this monarch in case of his success against England, was that of Polypheme to Ulysses;—to be devoured the last. A bon mot which was carefully copied into The English Mercury. The ambassador to Scotland, from an unfounded opinion that the discomfited armada sought shelter in the ports of that country under the faith of some secret engagement with James, had thought it necessary to bribe him to fidelity by ...
— Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth • Lucy Aikin

... mot to laewedd follc Larspell off Goddspell tellenn, He mot wel ekenn manig word Amang Godspelless Wordess. & icc ne mihhte nohht min ferrs Ayy withth Godspelless wordess Wel fillenn all, & all forrthi Shollde icc wel offte nede Amang Godspelless ...
— Early Theories of Translation • Flora Ross Amos

... "En un mot, mes amis, je n'ai entrepris de vous contenter tous en general; ainsi, une et autres en particulier; et ...
— The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper • Martin Farquhar Tupper

... never said at all. It is highly likely that it was really said by somebody unknown. It is highly likely that it was really said by Talleyrand. In any case, it is not any more difficult to believe that the mot might have occurred to a man in conversation than to a man writing memoirs. It might have occurred to any of the men I have mentioned. But there is this point of distinction about it, that it is not likely ...
— Heretics • Gilbert K. Chesterton

... c'est alors, Quakere? Quel drole de mot! Je ne suis pas Quakere, moi!' he might have answered, with a disdainful shrug of his high, narrow, aristocratic French shoulders. Yet here he is ...
— A Book of Quaker Saints • Lucy Violet Hodgkin

... l'aise en m'assurant que le droit etait le meme pour tous, et que les auteurs americains ne pouvaient conceder de privilege a qui que ce fut. Forte de cette assurance, je me mis a l'oeuvre, mais j'avoue que j'eus besoin d'encouragements reiteres pour mener mon travail a bonne fin. Encore un mot d'explication, si vous le permittez, Madame. Je ne suis pas mere, mais je suis tante; j'ai vu naitre mes neveux et nieces, je les ai berces dans mes bras, j'ai veille sur leurs premiers pas, j'ai observe le developpement ...
— The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss • George L. Prentiss

... or the first call of the season, should, mot last longer than ten or fifteen minutes. It is proper for the man to inquire for all the women ...
— The Book of Good Manners • W. C. Green



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