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Making an effort to rise, he seemed surprised at his own weakness.

The effort to make them "disgorge" is as continual as it is noisy, and, as a rule, futile.

The young girl shrank from the effort, but the elder lady was inflexible.

The principle involved in this effort is that of conservation.

To that effort I pledge all my strength and every power of my office.

He felt his own fist tingle as he returned the effort with interest.

Yet the effort she made, and with success, to restrain the show of her anger, was far from slight.

There is nothing about the earth-life to make it the only phase of effort and probation.

I made every effort to get relieved from this odious work, but without avail.

It was not the first time he had known of such an effort on her part to supply him with food.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Middle French effort, noun of action from Old French esforz "force, impetuosity, strength, power," back-formation from esforcier "force out, exert oneself," from Vulgar Latin *exfortiare "to show strength" (source of Italian sforza), from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + Latin fortis "strong" (see fort).

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