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Taine

[teyn; French ten] /teɪn; French tɛn/
noun
1.
Hippolyte Adolphe
[ee-paw-leet a-dawlf] /i pɔˈlit aˈdɔlf/ (Show IPA),
1828–93, French literary critic and historian.
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  • They have lately been emphasised in the ingenious and one-sided exaggerations of that brilliant man of letters, Mr. Taine.

  • It has been reduced to an absurdity by the abuse Taine made of it.

  • Only recently has science begun to return to Darwin in order to rediscover the human being as Taine knew him.

  • Now, though, Taine was called to the navigation room to confer on tactics.

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  • All this is demonstrable, and to the prevalent consciousness of it our generation is deeply indebted to Taine and his pupils.

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  • Taine was arrogant and suspicious and intolerant even on the Niccola.

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  • For such axiomatic expressions as these, Taine has been applauded by the most learned of every land.

  • He saw Taine received, still screaming, and carried into the lock.

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  • He has never felt the ecstasy which is embodied in that single phrase of Taine's, 'On nage dans la lumire.'

  • I shall not dwell long on this point, which Taine has so admirably treated.

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Taine

/French tɛn/
noun
1.
Hippolyte Adolphe (ipɔlit adɔlf). 1828–93, French literary critic and historian. He applied determinist criteria to the study of literature, art, history, and psychology, regarding them as products of environment and race. His works include Histoire de la littérature anglaise (1863–64) and Les Origines de la France contemporaine (1875–93)
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