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I should be b-a-d, and I should sit up nights to invent new ways of evil.

I will move detachments and advance brigades, and invent strategy.

What could she invent, so to be before him in giving her charity?

"That's as good a description of him as you could invent," he said.

A telegraph operator, in their eyes, has no business to invent.

His efforts to invent had been ridiculed and discountenanced.

With her appearance at C——-, commenced all that surmise could invent.

It was necessary, then, to invent a motive to excuse his return to 9, Frognall Street.

A man can be a worse hell to himself, than any hell they can invent to put him into.

Why that fellow, Lewsome, can invent 'em for you by the score.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "find, discover," a back-formation from invention or else from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire "to come upon; devise, discover" (see invention). Meaning "make up, think up" is from 1530s, as is that of "produce by original thought." Related: Invented; inventing.

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