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  • noun Plural form of ebullition.


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  • Perhaps no man ever thought a line superfluous when he first wrote it, or contracted his work till his ebullitions of invention had subsided.

    Tediousness « Unknowing 2010

  • But these ebullitions of peevishness lead to no very serious or prosecuted conflict; the affair begins and ends in a moment.

    Saint Ronan's Well 2008

  • One gazes at the surface of these causeless ebullitions; one does not perceive the hydra which crawls on the bottom.

    Les Miserables 2008

  • He listened with dark and sullen brow to ebullitions which he considered justly as equally evanescent with the crimson bubbles on the brink of the goblet, or at least with the vapours which its contents excited in the brains of the revellers around him.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • All the lineaments which providence traces on the surface of a nation have their parallels, sombre but distinct, in their depths, and all convulsions of the depths produce ebullitions on the surface.

    Les Miserables 2008

  • It has been reserved for this age, and for the liberal policy of this age, to see the last ebullitions of Celtic excitability die out harmless and ashamed of itself, and to find that the Irishman, when he is brought as a soldier under the regenerative influence of law, discipline, self-respect, and loyalty, can prove himself a worthy rival of the more stern Norse – Saxon warrior.

    Westward Ho! 2007

  • We are aware that the unthinking part of the population will meet us here, with the assertion, that dancing on May – day still continues — that ‘greens’ are annually seen to roll along the streets — that youths in the garb of clowns, precede them, giving vent to the ebullitions of their sportive fancies; and that lords and ladies follow in their wake.

    Sketches by Boz 2007

  • Not that the parting speech caused Amelia to philosophise, or that it armed her in any way with a calmness, the result of argument; but it was intolerably dull, pompous, and tedious; and having the fear of her schoolmistress greatly before her eyes, Miss Sedley did not venture, in her presence, to give way to any ebullitions of private grief.

    Vanity Fair 2006

  • Nor was it confined to these ebullitions; for besides crushing a bandbox, with a bonnet in it, he seriously damaged

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit 2006

  • The Germans are very seldom troubled with any extraordinary ebullitions or effervescenses of wit, and it is not prudent to try it upon them; whoever does, ofendet solido.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman 2005


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