That our work, therefore, might be in no danger of being likened to the labours of these historians, we have taken every occasion of interspersing through the whole sundry similes, descriptions, and other kind of poetical embellishments.
And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.
At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation.
An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [from 14th c.]
I had no occasion to feel offended, however.
Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 130:
it were too vile to say, and scarce to be beleeved, what we endured: but the occasion was our owne, for want of providence, industrie and government [...].
I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.
I have no occasion for firearms.
after we have served ourselves and our own occasions
when my occasions took me into France
A special event or function. [from 19th c.]
Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house.
A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
Whose manner was, all passengers to stay, / And entertain with her occasions sly.
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