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Word: sober

Definition: serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: make or become sober


Sentences Containing 'sober'

Carton, who smelt of port wine, and did not appear to be quite sober, laughed then, and turned to Darnay:``This is a strange chance that throws you and me together.
Don't let your sober face elate you, however; you don't know what it may come to.
Then he delivered to the escort, drunk and sober, a receipt for the escorted, and requested him to dismount.
I would fain keep sober always; and there are infinite degrees of drunkenness.
We made that small house ring with boisterous mirth and resound with the murmur of much sober talk, making amends then to Walden vale for the long silences.
`Everybody was sober and down in the mouth all day.
I don't mean the kind of sober that comes of leaving liquor alone not that.
So here was the novelty of a king without a keeper, an absolute monarch who was absolute in sober truth and not by a fiction of words.
Like other dwellers in the south, he was a man of sober habits and moderate desires, but fond of external show, vain, and addicted to display.
Perhaps by the time you return to Paris, I shall be quite a sober, staid father of a family!
I am happy to see, M. Beauchamp, that you are more sober than he was.''
The sober and frugal debtors of private persons, on the contrary, would be more likely to employ the money borrowed in sober undertakings which were proportioned to their capitals, and which, though they might have less of the grand and the marvellous, would have more of the solid and the profitable; which would repay with a large profit whatever had been laid out upon them, and which would thus afford a fund capable of maintaining a much greater quantity of labour than that which had been employed about them.
In mercantile and manufacturing towns, where the inferior ranks of people are chiefly maintained by the employment of capital, they are in general industrious, sober, and thriving; as in many English, and in most Dutch towns.
Sober people, who will give for the use of money no more than a part of what they are likely to make by the use of it, would not venture into the competition.
Where the legal rate of interest, on the contrary, is fixed but a very little above the lowest market rate, sober people are universally preferred, as borrowers, to prodigals and projectors.
Sober men, whose projects have been disproportioned to their capitals, are as likely to have neither wherewithal to buy money, nor credit to borrow it, as prodigals, whose expense has been disproportioned to their revenue.
Each new set of burgomasters visits the treasure, compares it with the books, receives it upon oath, and delivers it over, with the same awful solemnity to the set which succeeds; and in that sober and religious country, oaths are not yet disregarded.
When profits are high, that sober virtue seems to be superfluous, and expensive luxury to suit better the affluence of his situation.
They are listened to, esteemed, and respected by their superiors; but before their inferiors they are frequently incapable of defending, effectually, and to the conviction of such hearers, their own sober and moderate doctrines, against the most ignorant enthusiast who chooses to attack them.
A sober and parsimonious people, who are strangers to all such projects, do not feel that they have occasion for any such concealment.
Upon the sober and industrious poor, taxes upon such commodities act as sumptuary laws, and dispose them either to moderate, or to refrain altogether from the use of superfluities which they can no longer easily afford.
It is the sober and industrious poor who generally bring up the most numerous families, and who principally supply the demand for useful labour.
All the poor, indeed, are not sober and industrious; and the dissolute and disorderly might continue to indulge themselves in the use of such commodities, after this rise of price, in the same manner as before, without regarding the distress which this indulgence might bring upon their families.
As all those four commodities are real necessaries of life, such heavy taxes upon them must increase somewhat the expense of the sober and industrious poor, and must consequently raise more or less the wages of their labour.
But if the tax were to be paid by purchasing a licence to drink those liquors, the sober would, in proportion to his consumption, be taxed much more heavily than the drunken consumer.
Seven shillings and sixpence are equal to the excise upon ten bushels of malt; a quantity fully equal to what all the different members of any sober family, men, women, and children, are, at an average, likely to consume.
The taste for some sort of pageantry, for splendid buildings, at least, and other public ornaments, frequently prevails as much in the apparently sober senate-house of a little republic, as in the dissipated court of the greatest king.
It is not about ordinary petty matters, believe it, that all our strife and contention is, but whether, with the vulgar, we should be mad, or by the help of philosophy wise and sober, said he.
O dear friends, peace be with you, and may this madness that is taking us away from you, turned into sober sense, bring us back to you."
He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around.
When he was sober he used to be fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would make me his representative both with the servants and with the tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite master of the house.
Well, it WAS pap, sure enough--and sober, too, by the way he laid his oars.
Finding by degrees, however, that I was sober, and (I hope) that I was a modest young gentleman, Mrs. Waterbrook softened towards me considerably, and inquired, firstly, if I went much into the parks, and secondly, if I went much into society.
He's the best naturedest old fool in Arkansaw--never hurt nobody, drunk nor sober."
He was a sober, steady-looking young man of retiring manners, with a comic head of hair, and eyes that were rather wide open; and he got into an obscure corner so soon, that I had some difficulty in making him out.
The crowd looked mighty sober; nobody stirred, and there warn't no more laughing.
Everybody that could get a chance at him tried their best to coax him off of his horse so they could lock him up and get him sober; but it warn't no use--up the street he would tear again, and give Sherburn another cussing.
These Doctors' Commons fellows are the gayest men in town, I believe, and beat us sober Oxford people all to nothing!'
Coming into Canterbury, I loitered through the old streets with a sober pleasure that calmed my spirits, and eased my heart.
The story was so fantastic and incredible, the telling so credible and sober.
The first person whom I saw, to my surprise, by the sober light of the shaded lamp, was Uriah.
She had taken them out now, to adapt herself, I suppose, to the altered character of the house; and wore but one or two disconsolate bows of sober brown.
You come to give me the benefit of your sober judgement at a most opportune time.
But could it be possible that any sober harpooneer would get into a door mat, and parade the streets of any Christian town in that sort of guise?
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
No, thought I, there must be some sober reason for this thing; furthermore, it must symbolize something unseen.
But quitting all these unprofessional attempts, let us glance at those pictures of leviathan purporting to be sober, scientific delineations, by those who know.
However, the masts did not go overboard; and by and by we scrambled down, so sober, that we had to pass the flip again, though the savage salt spray bursting down the forecastle scuttle, rather too much diluted and pickled it to my taste.
As my intentions are good, so have they had the good fortune to meet with approbation from the sober and substantial part of mankind; as for the vicious and vagabond, their ill-will is my ambition.
By whom such indecencies are daily acted, even in our open streets, as are very offensive to the eyes and ears of all sober persons, and even abominable in a Christian country.

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