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Whelm

verb
(past & past part. whelmed; pres. part. whelming)
1.
Overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli.  Synonyms: overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over.






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"Whelm" Quotes from Famous Books



... Like a launching condor past control,— O speak, Son of the West! if this be Sleep— Or Death that is our destiny and goal? Thick torpor clouds the climes; eternal snow Falling, falling, falling, throngs my realm. Shall nevermore my breath o'er Ocean blow? Nor wrestle with his seas that roar and whelm? No balsam to the woods can I restore, Nor render pure my breath for man to drain; I faint within his nostrils that implore My draught to rouse his drooping heart again. My Earth that I enfolded like a bloom, Lies but a withered creature,—sterile, ...
— The Masque of the Elements • Herman Scheffauer

... rule alone, Anxious to reign, and restless on the throne; First vegetive, then feels, and reasons last; Rich of three souls, and lives all three to waste. Some thus, but thousands more, in flower of age, For few arrive to run the latter stage. Sunk in the first, in battle some are slain, And others whelm'd beneath the stormy main. What makes all this but Jupiter the king, At whose command we perish, and we spring? Then 'tis our best, since thus ordain'd to die, To make a virtue of necessity; Take what he gives, since to ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845 • Various

... it," I answered, almost impatiently. "The tide of war is surging up, and presently will whelm us utterly. Yet here sits the Lord Giovanni making merry with balls and masques and burle and banquets, wholly unprepared, wholly unconscious of his peril. There may be no hand to write a warning on his walls—or else, as in the case of Babylon, the hand will write ...
— The Shame of Motley • Raphael Sabatini

... conquest and slaughter let Europe aspire; Whelm nations in blood, and wrap cities in fire; Thy heroes the rights of mankind shall defend, And triumph pursue them, and glory attend. A world is thy realm; for a world be thy laws Enlarged as thine empire, and just as thy cause; On Freedom's broad basis ...
— The World's Best Poetry, Volume 8 • Various

... storm allay'd, No light propitious shone, When, snatch'd from all effectual aid, We perish'd, each alone: But I beneath a rougher sea, And whelm'd in ...
— Cowper • Goldwin Smith

... the cloud, let go, Leapt bodily below To whelm the earth in one mad overthrow. And ...
— The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell • James Lowell

... starres did sore, One foote on Thetis, th'other on the Morning, One hand on Scythia, th'other on the More, Both heaven and earth in roundnesse compassing; Iove fearing, least if she should greater growe, The old giants should once againe uprise, Her whelm'd with hills, these seven hils, which be nowe Tombes of her greatnes which did threate the skies: Upon her head he heapt Mount Saturnal, Upon her bellie th'antique Palatine, Upon her stomacke laid Mount Quirinal, ...
— The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume 5 • Edmund Spenser



Words linked to "Whelm" :   benight, knock out, evoke, fire, clutch, sweep over, enkindle, arouse, get hold of, elicit, overtake, lock, kill, overpower, raise, overcome, stagger, kindle, provoke, overwhelm, seize, devastate



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