from The Century Dictionary.

  • Depending on one's self; self-reliant.


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  • Her long fair hair fell down in a profusion of curls, on each side of a face, whose blue eyes, lovely features, and dignified simplicity of expression, implied at once a character of gentleness, and of the self-relying resolution of a mind too virtuous to suspect evil and too noble to fear it.

    Anne of Geierstein 2008

  • The second class is selfish also, encroaching, bold, self-relying, always outnumbering the other and recruiting its numbers every hour by births.

    Representative Men 2006

  • “Never, sayest thou?” rejoined he, with a smile of dark and self-relying intelligence.

    The Scarlet Letter 2002

  • They carry their home with them, self-subsisting, self-relying.

    From Capetown to Ladysmith An Unfinished Record of the South African War G. W. Steevens

  • Count the long years of his unequal strife; gather from the winds, which scattered them, the curses of his foes; suffer under all the annoyances and insults which malice and falsehood can invent, and you will then understand how much of heart and hope, of courage and self-relying zeal, were required to make him what he was, and to qualify him to do what he did.

    Oration on the Life and Character of Henry Winter Davis John A. J. Creswell

  • Naturally proud, self-relying, and in the habit of choosing her own path, she had an instinctive feeling that this new passion might lay upon her a certain thralldom, not congenial to her haughty spirit.

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick Mrs. William T. Savage

  • Hero-worship is natural to the human soul, and the miscellaneous group of women and children scattered over the settlement, found in Adèle a strong, joyous, self-relying spirit, able to help them out of their difficulties, who could cheer them when down-hearted, and spur them up when getting discouraged or inefficient.

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick Mrs. William T. Savage

  • ’ But Mr. Glossin was well aware that such a hint was of power sufficient to decide the motions of his self-important, but not self-relying colleague.

    Chapter XLIII 1917

  • The poise of a planet, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every animal and vegetable, are also demonstrations of the self-sufficing and therefore self-relying soul.

    IV. Essays. Self-Reliance. 1841 1909

  • But when, in especially gifted men, appears the need common to all of us of seeking in the external world a corresponding realization for all the gifts with which Nature has endowed them, thereby raising their inner being to a self-relying whole, we may be assured of the development of a character in which both the present and the future world will rejoice.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 02 Masterpieces of German Literature Translated into English. in Twenty Volumes Kuno Francke 1892


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