Norden's work contains many judicious observations on the " different natures of grounds, how they may be employed, how they may be bettered, reformed and amended."
In several respects he bettered the economic conditions of the papal states, but was disinclined to undertake the needed thoroughgoing reform of its administration.
thus bettered the position of the church in Italy, the Guelph party grew stronger than ever, through the crushing defeat of the Pisans by the Genoese at Meloria in 1284.
Matters were not bettered by the Act of Union signed in a cellar in High Street in 1707, amidst the execrations of the people, and it was not till the hopes of the Jacobites were blasted at Culloden (1746) that the townsfolk began to accept the inevitable.
During these four years Stevenson's health, which was always bettered by life out of doors, gave him little trouble.
It will be remembered that when the laird of Dumbiedikes lay dying (Scott's Heart of Midlothian, chap. viii.) he gave his son one bit of advice which Bacon himself could not have bettered.
The position both of Mary and of her son in Holland was greatly bettered through the restoration of Charles II.
For Scandinavia generally Herr Collin's Skandinaviens Fugle (8vo, 1873) is a greatly bettered edition of the very moderate Danmarks Fugle of Kjaerbolling; but the ornithological portion of Nilsson's Skandinavisk Fauna, Foglarna (3rd ed., 2 vols., 8vo, 1858) is of great merit; while the text of Sundevall's Svenska Foglarna (obl.
He declined to accept the revolution settlement as final, or to think with Burke that the constitution of the House of Commons could not be bettered.
We can picture to ourselves how in the first period the savage smith, step by step, bettered his control over his fire, at once his source of heat and his deoxidizing agent.
As the director of votes thus doubtful, he was in a position to secure concessions that bettered the position of Catholics in regard to poor schools, reformatories and workhouses, and in the status of their army chaplains.
Though the great Mahratta chiefs were learning to live rather as peaceful princes than as leaders of predatory bands, the example of lawlessness they had set was being followed, and bettered in the following, by a new set of freebooters, known as the Pindaris.
Nor were matters much bettered when the papacy took advantage of the presence of a Catholic queen in England, and sent over in 1625 a vicarapostolic 3 - that is, a prelate in episcopal orders, but without the full authority of a diocesan bishop. He was soon compelled.
Whittier became very sensible of his shortcomings; and when at leisure to devote himself to his art he greatly bettered it, giving much of his later verse all the polish that it required.
Their excuses and calculations are well known, but when all is said, Lord Derby's statement of its character,"a leap in the dark,"-and of its intention, "dishing the Whigs," cannot be bettered.
The chances for peace are usually bettered by letting a potential aggressor know in advance where his aggression could lead him.
bettered really, no way.
Andy's figures were nearly bettered at Ottery by 2 nd team skipper Bob Adams who had a late call-up to the ones.
Reading bettered this comeback on Sunday, overturning a 2-0 half time deficit, to overcome Germany's Club an der Alster 4-3.
exuberance of the performances could hardly have been bettered whatever the forces engaged.
Mark takes pains not to be bettered by any drunken fool who wants to take him on.
often imitated, never bettered - The Birthday Party.
raw material could scarcely be bettered.
smug superiority in their glances can't be bettered.
True, the raw material could scarcely be bettered.
The smug superiority in their glances ca n't be bettered.
February 1969 was a very snowy month, one I have never seen bettered.
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