In this mood, Democrats may care a lot more about toughness and combativeness than about minute gradations of progressiveness.
Then they form a natural rampart about the lesser properties in all their gradations.
This good is now to be exhibited to us under various aspects and gradations.
The base must not only be broad, but the gradations of the pile must be regular to the summit.
The gradations and brilliancy of these feather pictures are said to have been marvelous.
For one who is attempting to explain the mystery of golf there could not possibly be a worse word than "gradations."
The gradations cannot, however, be made strictly according to value.
Drunkenness being considered a beastly propensity, its gradations were fixed by animal comparisons.
There are gradations in the practice of desertion, and it is not confined to men.
All gradations between these shades of course occur, those of the reddish cast being the most common.
1530s, "climax," from Middle French gradation (16c.) and directly from Latin gradationem (nominative gradatio) "ascent by steps, a climax," noun of action from gradus "step, degree" (see grade). Meaning "gradual change" is from 1540s. Related: Gradational.