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The second point was this: those with whom I had had misunderstandings were equally His agents.

Their thieves are the most daring and their agents the most cunning.

Irish agents are here described as of two different species.

The agents in London, Trieste, and Mombasa were each paid £800 per annum.

Many of the agents know apparently nothing about conversion.

It's practically certain that there are other, agents, if you like that word better, on Weald.

The only agents were your uncle's hostility and his own obstinacy which would not study compromise.

Mr. K., have you directed the refusal of our currency by your agents?

Moreover, he claims to have instructed Uchatius' agents in its operation!

His agents were men who required to be dealt with liberally.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "one who acts," from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful," present participle of agere "to set in motion, drive, lead, conduct" (see act (n.)). Meaning "any natural force or substance which produces a phenomenon" is from 1550s. Meaning "deputy, representative" is from 1590s. Sense of "spy, secret agent" is attested by 1916.

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