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Word Example of - act-drop

    Example Sentences for act

    Such an Act is not a legislative phenomenon but a psychopathic one.

    Honour and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honour lies.

    And for that act of goodness, Uncle Matthew had gone to his grave under stigma.

    A moment afterward Clif heard him in the act of striking a match.

    I propose that we act on Tress's suggestion, and go and make inquiries of him.

    She, too, remembered the conversation, but had not strength to act up to the spirit of it.

    The realization of the good of all in and through the act of each is the social ideal.

    Now that you have become aware, you will act as you can act—nobly—righteously.

    I sincerely trust the young man has not suffered a lifetime for the act.

    How strange it seems to think of the difference that hung on that one act!

Word Origin & History of - act-drop

    Word Origin & History

    act late 14c., from O.Fr. acte, from L. actus "a doing" and actum "a thing done," both from agere "to do, set in motion, drive, urge, chase, stir up," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move" (cf. Gk. agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," agon "assembly, contest in the games," agogos "leader;" Skt. ajati "drives," ajirah "moving, active;" O.N. aka "to drive;" M.Ir. ag "battle"). Theatrical (1510s) and legislative (mid-15c.) senses of the word also were in Latin. The verb is first attested late 15c.; in the theatrical performance sense it is from 1590s. In the act "in the process" ...is from 1590s, originally from the 16c. sense of the act as "sexual intercourse." Act of God "uncontrollable natural force" first recorded 1882. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires."

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