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Elective affinity

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elective affinity (Chem) a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.
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Usage

In literature:

According to these undeniable elective affinities, plans should be regulated.
"On War" by Carl von Clausewitz
There is a chance for the elective affinities.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Elective affinities, I suppose both grubby.
"Under the Deodars" by Rudyard Kipling
And how was the pure bullion so thoughtlessly made as to have an elective affinity for this Devil?
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Secondly, churches organized upon elective affinities of men are contrary to the spirit of the gospel.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
Goethe's doctrine of "elective affinities" discovered by our Pet Maidie!
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
The theologian among his adherents to whom he seems to have been drawn by the strongest elective affinity was Dr. John Owen.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
It was pure devotion; a desperate case of elective affinity.
"The House that Jill Built" by E. C. Gardner
Goethe says in his "Elective Affinities" that we cannot escape the atmosphere we breathe.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
I wonder if that curious novel of Goethe's called the "Elective Affinities" is perused as widely as it deserves?
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
It was less a case of influence, however, than of 'elective affinity' of intellect.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Friends grouped together by the unerring law of elective affinities loitered in galleries and churches.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
GOETHE'S NOVELS AND TALES, containing THE ELECTIVE AFFINITIES, THE SORROWS OF WERTHER, THE GERMAN EMIGRANTS, THE GOOD WOMEN, and A NOUVELETTE.
"Notes and Queries, Number 218, December 31, 1853" by Various
I consoled myself for my apparent rudeness by throwing the entire blame upon the elective affinities.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
Those were the days of excessive sensibility, when to yearn after elective affinities was the fashion.
"Maria Edgeworth" by Helen Zimmern
Don't you believe in elective affinities at all?
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The elective affinities are never deceived.
"The Bail Jumper" by Robert J. C. Stead
Herein they follow the law of elective affinities, that runs through nature, and which makes a certain contrast essential to true harmony.
"The Hearth-Stone" by Samuel Osgood
It is problematical whether this proceeded from a real elective affinity, or was mechanical.
"Authors and Writers Associated with Morristown" by Julia Keese Colles
D'Agoult, the elective affinity of Liszt, soon ended.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
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