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I then repelled that curiosity, for my mind was not in a situation to gratify it.

It would be a poor thing to gratify a prejudice against him.

Why should we cultivate talents merely to gratify the caprice of tyrants?

I did not feel disposed to gratify her curiosity, and said I did not know yet what I should do.

But you see Sir Peter adores me so that he hastens to gratify my smallest wish.

They in truth even vouchsafed to gratify us with the sight of the battle.

And you, madam, the disposition to gratify his hopes, I fancy.

Nature has given us passions, and youth and opportunity stimulate to gratify them.

What a feast it will be when you are able to gratify ambition to satiety!

He was certainly not the child who would ever gratify her vanities.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "to bestow grace upon;" 1530s, "to show gratitude to," from French gratifier (16c.) or directly from Latin gratificari "to do favor to, oblige, gratify," from gratus "pleasing" (see grace) + root of facere "make, do, perform" (see factitious). Meaning "to give pleasure to" is from 1560s. Related: Gratified; gratifying.

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