he had to deal, and notably Ferdinand and Maximilian, were as insincere and selfish as himself.
How faithless and insincere was Henrys policy maybe gauged from the fact that in 1520, after all the pageantry of the Field of the Cloth of Gold and his vows of undying friendship for Francis, he met Charles a few weeks later at Gravelines, and concluded with him a treaty which pledge~i England to a defensive alliance against the kings good brother of France.
P. Salvolini, insincere and self-seeking, died young, and Ippolito Rosellini (1800-1843) showed little original power.
The recantation was probably insincere, for on returning to his diocese he taught adoptianism as before.
He looked small in the middle of the foyer, and he wore an insincere smile like he might any other piece of easily removable clothing.
But at the moment when he imagined himself calmed by such reflections, she suddenly came into his mind as she was at the moments when he had most strongly expressed his insincere love for her, and he felt the blood rush to his heart and had again to get up and move about and break and tear whatever came to his hand.
Burr was unscrupulous, insincere and notoriously immoral, but he was pleasing in his manners, generous to a fault, and was intensely devoted to his wife and daughter.
The defects of all sentimental writing are noticeable in him, but they are palliated by his wonderful feeling, and by the passionate sincerity even of his insincere passages.
(2) If, however, the worshipper place his god on a level with himself, so far at any rate as to make him to some extent dependent on the service man contracts to render him, then genuine prayer tends to be replaced by a mere bargaining, often conjoined with flattery and with insincere promises.
The American case revived the charges of "insincere neutrality" and "veiled hostility" which had figured in the diplomatic correspondence, and had been repudiated by Great Britain.
The popular faith was full of heathenish superstition strangely blended with the higher ideas which were the inheritance left to Israel by men like Moses and Elijah; but the common prophets accepted all alike, and combined heathen arts of divination and practices of mere physical enthusiasm with a not altogether insincere pretension that through their professional oracles the ideal was being maintained of a continuous divine guidance of the people of Yahweh.
His apology to me seemed as insincere as his motives.
But there are no reasons for thinking the performance ironical or insincere, and it cannot be doubted that Defoe would have been honestly unable even to understand Lamb's indignation.
and Louis VII., and contrived for five years, partly by these means, partly by insincere negotiations with Becket, to stave off a papal interdict upon his dominions.
Notwithstanding his vices and his lack of all solid capacity, there is no reason to suppose that Napper Tandy was dishonest or insincere; and the manner in which his name was introduced in the well-known ballad, "The Wearing of the Green," proves that he succeeded in impressing the popular imagination of the rebel party in Ireland.
Actual experience taught him that President Kruger was beyond an appeal to reason, and that the protestations of President Steyn were insincere.
insincere apology to Ann.
At first it was exciting, like playing dress-up, but now it felt insincere and she was afraid he would see through the faÃ§ade.
NH: Well no, ' cause that would be so insincere.
Despite the popularity of the show, there are some fans who were disappointed to see Betty transform into another pretty face and thought she deserved better than her love interest, Armando, who came across at times as mean and insincere.
Some perceived the band as belonging to the waning Manchester pop scene, and consequently achieved a reputation for being insincere charlatans.
Napoleon certainly believed that the offer was insincere.
After the first feeling of perplexity aroused in the parents by Berg's proposal, the holiday tone of joyousness usual at such times took possession of the family, but the rejoicing was external and insincere.
Magazine subscriptions sound insincere, but if you give the right magazine to the right person, then you can be seen as observant!
Ideally, the vows should be between 250 and 500 words, which is equivalent to a 2 to 4 minute speech: shorter vows may seem rushed and insincere, and longer vows will seem too drawn out and overdone.
While there is no set length for an engagement, if you know you will not want to get married for several years, a marriage proposal may seem hasty or insincere.
It either falls into jargon or it becomes really insincere.
Josiah himself is praised for his justice, but faithless Judah is insincere (Jer.
They show much outward respect for superiors and parents, but they are insincere and incapable of deep emotion.
insincere, formulaic flattery makes God mellow.
insincere religious cliches.
Generally it made her feel uncomfortable when men remarked on her beauty, but doubly so when they were insincere.
The negotiations which he allowed to go on with England in the spring of 1810, mainly respecting the independence of Holland, are now known to have been insincere.
Embarrassing, insincere, formulaic flattery makes God mellow.
It, too, has had its share of rubbish pedaled by insincere opportunists and deluded fools.
This was not insincere: Paddy Ashdown's diaries reveal Blair's obsession with Saddam's arsenal as long ago as 1997.
Manipulation always appears in the context of communication and the manipulator's intentions are covert, albeit not always insincere.
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