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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SUPINENESS

With the supineness of our race most of them force themselves to be satisfied with what comes.

She contrasted them with his own weakness and supineness and degradation.

Raging against her own supineness, she was yet forced into ignoble inactivity.

Evidently they had discovered the two figures on the beach, and wondered at their supineness.

Despite the supineness of Washington, the American nation will soon be at war with Spain.

I know no mark more irrefragable of the supineness of mankind.'

You have blamed me, my friend, for supineness; you shall see how resolute I can be!

But the supineness of England was the opportunity of France.

I often paralleled her neglect to use them with the supineness of the French Commune in 1871.

Why did you delay to tell this, and lead me to blame you in my thoughts for supineness?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, from Latin supinus "turned or thrown backwards, inactive, indolent," related to sub "under" (see sub-). The grammatical use for "Latin verbal noun formed from the past participle stem" is from Late Latin supinum verbum "supine verb," perhaps so called because, though furnished with a noun case ending, it "falls back" on the verb.

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