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You are above all this, and can look down at it as dross, and I like you for that also.

But less of this happened, we may feel sure, than a purging away of the dross.

But there is rapture in the cup—there is the vision which makes all life below it dross for ever.

To be in harmony with the lonely dead there must be no dross about the mind.

Well, what signifies which of us has the dross, so that there is enough for both?

To him now all was dross that was not Helena, as to Faust in Marlowe's play.

And a savage he is, politically, with no soul above the dross.

No woman had ever been so foolish as she; she had cast away gold for dross.

The Goddess shall purge me from my uncleanness as metal is purged from the dross.

The silver has been mined, digged from the earth, but there is dross in it.

WORD ORIGIN

"dirt, dregs," Old English dros "the scum thrown off from metals in smelting," from Proto-Germanic *drohs- (cf. Middle Dutch droes, Dutch droesem, Middle Low German dros, Old High German truosana, German Drusen "dregs, husks"), from PIE dher- (1) "to make muddy." Meaning "refuse, rubbish" is mid-15c.

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