They borrowed his money and his armies, but fed him with vain promises and illusory treaties.
Thus the illusory nature of the traditional definition of mathematics is again illustrated.
For a long time this hope proved illusory, and in the case of Egyptian archaeology the results have proved disappointing even up to the very present.
The conditions of peace were naturally humiliating for Valdemar,' though, ultimately, he contrived to render illusory many of the inordinate privileges he was obliged to concede.
He had long passed the traditional years of Peter's pontificate, had reigned longer than any previous wearer of the tiara, and had seen some brilliant days - days of illusory glory.
The management of finance was scarcely satisfactory, for though Giolitti, who had succeeded Magliani and Perazzi at the treasury, suppressed the formers illusory pension fund, he lacked the fibre necessary to deal with the enormous deficit of nearly 10,000,000 in 1888-1889, the existence of which both i Perazzi and he had recognized.
p. 444), he is ready to amend nervous into psychical shocks, which is no doubt what he ought to have meant but could not say without ruining the illusory bridge between the psychical and the physiological which is suggested in the phrase nervous shock."
Disdaining the illusory dream of the imperial crown, still cherished by his legal advisers, he pushed forward towards that fluctuating eastern frontier, the line of least resistance, which would have yielded to him had it not been for the unfortunate interruption of the Hundred Years War.
Moreover, Schopenhauer's subjective idealism, and his view of time as something illusory, hindered him from viewing this process as a sequence of events in time.
Comparisons of light grasp derived from small, fresh, carefully silvered surfaces are sometimes given which lead to illusory results, and from such experiments Foucault claimed superiority for the silvered speculum over the object-glass.
But this concession was illusory, and as the statute prevented Jews from engaging in finance - the only occupation which had been open to them - it was a prelude to their expulsion in 1290.
The rent stipulated for must not be illusory, and must fairly represent the value of the subjects leased, and the term of the lease must not be excessive (as to rent generally, see Rent).
+Zn(n -I) a n_ 1= Zn(n+3) -2 (without which the transformation would be illusory); and the conclusion is that a 1, a 2, ...
The powers of the parliament over the budget are even more limited, though not altogether illusory.
The great future that seemed to await the application of steam power to the tillage of the soil proved illusory.
Prior to the establishment of the monarchy the conditions for securing an exact and consecutive chronology did not exist; the dates in the earlier period of the history, though apparently in many cases precise, being in fact added long after the events described, and often (as will appear below) resting upon an artificial basis, so that the precision is in reality illusory.
Enough has been said to prove that the advantage of position claimed for the British farmer by Caird was somewhat illusory.
Its speculation can no longer be stigmatized as vaticination in vacuo, nor its results as illusory.
In the resolution which was adopted on the 2nd of March the chamber," imbued with the ideas which presided over the foundation of the Congo State and inspired the Act of Berlin,"expressed its confidence in the proposals which the commission of reforms was elaborating, and decided" to proceed without delay to the examination of the projected law of the 7th of August 1901, on the government of Belgium's colonial possessions."The report of the reforms commission was not made public, but as the fruit of its deliberations King Leopold signed on the 3rd of June 1906 a number of decrees embodying various While the commission was sitting, further evidence was forthcoming that the system complained of on the Congo remained unaltered, and that the" reforms "of June 1906 were illusory.
Nor was it feasible, on this showing, to place the sun at the true centre of any of the planetary orbits; so that his ruling position in the midst of them was illusory.
But Doppler's idea that they might be detected by colour-change was entirely illusory.
The greatest good of the greatest number is a theory as dangerous as it is illusory.
Downfall of liberalism The ascendancy of Classical Liberalism throughout Europe in 1850 proved to be illusory.
Or changes in textures have been used by Albrecht DÃ¼rer to create illusory contours in his etchings such as Rhinoceros.
By the 1960s, however, these expectations had proved largely illusory.
That, he said, would be " somewhat illusory.
Otherwise, any apparent effect may prove to be entirely illusory.
There's no gravity, but they do refer to real space, not illusory space.
Except that this insulation, this security, is often illusory.
Of course, there are those who claim that digital offers no real step change and that this concept of choice is merely illusory.
illusory to think people will have a sense of duty or loyalty to their local church.
illusory to assume that any kind of permanence can be achieved in international politics.
illusory nature of online privacy.
illusory sense of uniformity is maintained.
illusory security which may be inherent with a protected subsystem.
illusory world of duality.
Tulip had also just seen what had happened yet it seemed so illusory.
If workers are prevented from so doing the freedom to belong to a trade union becomes illusory ' .
Many of these would be meaningless unless the Allianz construction were adopted because the apparent cover for partial loss would otherwise be rendered illusory.
Elsewhere, as in Egypt and Algeria, the advent of an Islamic order never came to pass and appeared illusory.
While the benefits of GM crops remain illusory, the success and benefits of ecological, natural farming systems are well documented.
Thus, advaita Vedanta has no desire to claim an illusory " oneness " in the realm of vyavahAra.
People feel wealthy because they have equity, but don't realize that it's illusory.
whimsical fantasy or illusory trick of the mind.
Intimidated by the paternal anger and threats he took refuge in Austria, and when he had been induced by illusory promises to return to Russia he was tried for high treason by a special tribunal, and after being subjected to torture died in prison (1718).
By abolishing the illusory pensions fund, by applying and amending the Bank Laws, effecting economies, and increasing taxation upon corn, incomes from consolidated stock, salt and matches, he averted national bankruptcy, and placed Italian finance upon a sounder basis than at any time since the fall of the Right.
In this form it stands in sharp antithesis to the doctrine of evolution, both because the former views the world of particular things and events as essentially unreal and illusory, and because the latter, so far as it goes, looks on matter as eternal, and seeks to explain the general forms of things as we perceive them by help of simpler assumptions.
Kant perceives that " perception without conception is blind, conception without perception is empty," but if he goes so far ought he not to have gone still further and inquired whether there can be any perception at all without a concept, any concept which does not presuppose a precept, and, if this is impossible, whether the distinction between a world of appearance which is known and a world of things-in-themselves which is not, is not illusory ?
At the same time, in his later view, Plato avoids the exaggeration of denying all positive quality of pleasure even to the coarser sensual gratifications; they are undoubtedly cases of that " replenishment " or " restoration " to its " natural state " of a bodily organ, in which he defines pleasure to consist (see Timaeus, pp. 64, 65); he merely maintains that the common estimate of them is to a large extent illusory, or a false appearance of pleasure is produced by contrast with the antecedent or concomitant painful condition of the organ.
Only illusory forms of life falsely purport to represent the community.
Of particular note are the illusory trompe d'oeil effects (the most effective being the illusion of the ceiling dome).
Thus, advaita vedAnta has no desire to claim an illusory " oneness " in the realm of vyavahAra.
People feel wealthy because they have equity, but do n't realize that it 's illusory.
That each of us has a subtle body woven of the fabric of light is no whimsical fantasy or illusory trick of the mind.
It's a zen concept - the transitory, illusory nature of the life that we think we're living.
And though Spencer's general position - that it is absurd to suppose that organisms after being modified by their life should give birth to offspring showing no traces of such modifications - seems the more philosophic, yet it does not dispose of the facts which go to show that most of the evidence for the direct transmission of adaptations is illusory, and that beings are organised to minimize the effects of life on the reproductive tissues, so that the transmission of the effects of use and disuse, if it occurs, must be both difficult and rare - far more so than is convenient for Spencer's psychology.
A composition committee was actually formed, but it proved illusory from the first, the patriotism of neither of the factions being equal to the puniest act of selfdenial.
If our belief in necessary connexion in the physical world is in reality an illusion, it follows that the opposition between freedom and necessity will be illusory also.
Contrasted with this belief in necessity the supposition we have of freedom is illusory, and, if extended so as to involve a belief that men's actions do not proceed from character or habitual disposition, immoral.
The phenomena which deceived us may continue to persist, but they no longer persist as illusory: the appearance which deceived us is seen in its true nature, even though it should still retain those characteristic marks or signs of reality which hitherto we regarded as significant of a nature which we now no longer believe it to possess.
Progress is illusory; there is no satisfactory goal to which moral development inevitably tends; religion in which some take refuge when distressed by the inexplicable contradictions of moral conduct itself " contains and rests upon an element of make believe " (p. 489).
Further protests were made by many of the powers when the illusory nature of these concessions became known, and it was not until May 1906 that diplomatic relations with Servia were resumed by Great Britain.
Expert knowledge and judicial insight must decide the point; but, so far as the present writer can judge, it is illusory to imagine that Duns points us beyond the medieval assumptions.
This enactment applies to leases of agricultural subjects, houses, mills, fisheries and whatever is fundo annexum; provided that (a) the lease, when for more than one year, must be in writing, (b) it must be definite as to subject, rent (which may consist of money, grain or services, if the reddendum is not illusory) and term of duration, (c) possession must follow on the lease.
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