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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WOULD

Exactly in the measure that he indulged this would his pride smart.

To have married a girl who cared only for his money; that would have been dire enough.

"And that would be all the same as telling Alcibiades himself," rejoined Milza.

"But in a maiden it would be less seemly," answered Philothea.

You, Philothea, came reluctantly—and because Pericles would have it so.

Would you not like to be buried with regal honour, in your native Clazomenæ?

Yet the voice of Plato would be pleasant to my ears, as music on the waters in the night-time.

He would not adopt a nameless orphan, found with a poor goatherd of Phelle.

Has he then made you believe that he would divorce Hipparete?

But, my daughter, why is it that the commands of Phidias would have made you unhappy?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wolde, past tense of willan "to will" (see will (v.)). Would-be (adj.) "wishing, pretending" is first recorded c.1300.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.