--employed to express a conditional circumstance assumed as a fact Inelegance of language, see Awkwardness.
In grace of manner and elegance of language he was the persuasive advocate of the ancient Forum; in earnestness and unction he has been rivalled only by Savonarola; in dignity and learning he may remind us of Bossuet; in his simplicity and orthodoxy he was the worthy successor of him who preached at the day of Pentecost.
then such an elegance!-- In her struggling losing her shoe, (but just slipt on, as I told thee,) her pretty foot equally white and delicate as the hand of any other woman, or even her own hand!
And in his mind's eye the poet could see his godson clad in all the splendors of naval elegance,--a blue jacket with gold buttons for every day, and for holiday attire a coat trimmed with galloon and red trappings, a pointed hat, a sword.... Ulysses shrugged his shoulders before such grandeur.
Now, if old Boltcourt had written instead, as he might have done, if the fit had been on him,--"Of this play, the heavy or tragic part is very natural and pleasing; but the comic scenes, if a few passages be excepted, have more labor than elegance,"--his remark would have been quite as sonorous, and just a little nearer the truth.
In decorating his house an Englishman spends as much money as he can conveniently spare; the elegances and refinements of modern taste demand something more than mere comfort; yet though his walls are hung with pictures, his drawing-rooms filled with bijouterie, how is it that the windows of his hall, his library, his staircase, are neglected?
Anne feared there could not be a doubt as to what would follow the recovery; but she was amused to hear Charles Musgrove tell how much Captain Benwick admired herself--"elegance, sweetness, beauty!"
A la reception de Mme Vaneck, la semaine derniere ceci se passe en 1788, le prince de Galles; a l'honneur de la politesse et de l'elegance de ses manieres, mesura la largeur de Mme V---- par derriere avec son mouchoir, et alla montrer les dimensions a presque tous ceux qui etaient la.