His fingers were palsied, his feet trembled, his heart beat quick, his senses were overcome, his sight was distorted, his weapons fell naked from his hands, so that through Ronan's curse he went, like any bird of the air, in madness and imbecility
'(O'Keeffe 1913: 7-8).
No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility
of the average man--the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.
(Blair himself now says he "quakes at the imbecility
" of doing so - which supporters say proves FOI's success in holding everyone to account.)
She opined, "by far the most tragic thing about war is not its immorality, nor its cruelty, but its manifest and colossal futility and imbecility
. I maintain that war achieves no single object of advantage in the high sense to anyone, nor does it attain any of the supposed aims for which it is waged." Macphail's pacifism found further voice in her appointment to the League of Nations in 1929, when she became its first woman member.
The experience of sitting through "Dumb and Dumber To," which reunites Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels with directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly 20 years after their maiden voyage to the lower depths of imbecility
, is like watching an aging MLB slugger wind down his career in the minor leagues.
Jamison is that rare writer whose prose contains not a shred of self-help imbecility
yet is capable of flatly declaring something like this: 'I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones'" DWIGHT GARNER
Examples from the Stanley Hall era are in separate volumes and include Alfred Todd of Wakefield with a diagnosis of "imbecility
Caption: In an amazing testament to imbecility
, state parks stripped this site of mature trees on precious gorge land to build a parks police station.
They took the magnanimity of the colonially land-robbed South Africans for political imbecility
While many of her subjects remain the same, politics are more central as she focuses on worn-en's contributions to the Civil War and criticizes political leaders' vacillations, proclaiming that the country suffers from an "epidemic of imbecility
Repeating it would only add imbecility
to the attributes of the Egyptian governance system that is heroically trying to reconfigure itself in a democratic and constitutional manner.
Are they so stringently monitored that as soon as they break away they have to prove they're adults, while only showing a near imbecility
? At least Madonna was a full grown woman of 25 when fame hit, and her tenure as a "bad influence'' on her teen girl fan base was brief.
lost his wits, but mental imbecility
is only one of the prices we have
These are the epitome, or perfect example, of imbecility
because they demonstrate how inferior their mind is compared to the normal, acceptable standard of any human brain.
Barrow, instead of receiving a verbal clip around the ear from his skipper for an act of imbecility
akin to a goalkeeper catching the ball and then running backwards over the goalline with it, was portrayed as the victim of some abominable crime.