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Comstock   /kˈɑmstˌɑk/   Listen

United States reformer who led moral crusades against art and literature that he considered obscene (1844-1915).  Synonym: Anthony Comstock.

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"Comstock" Quotes from Famous Books

... the fate of many abstract words to be used in two senses, one good and the other bad. Morality means the will to righteousness, or it means Anthony Comstock; democracy means the rule of the people, or it means Tammany Hall. And so it is with the word "Religion". In its true sense Religion is the most fundamental of the soul's impulses, the impassioned love of life, the feeling of its preciousness, the desire to foster and further it. In that sense ...
— The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition • Upton Sinclair

... I had collected a sufficient number to send to Erie and purchase a copy of Comstock's Natural Philosophy—the first one by the way that had ever been brought into our township—and these two books, together with my self-acquired knowledge, and my own experience of two years as a teacher, sufficed to fit me to enter the Fredonia Academy, and to ...
— The Story of a Summer - Or, Journal Leaves from Chappaqua • Cecilia Cleveland

... had become thoroughly disheartened, and sent couriers to Lord Dunmore imploring peace. Comstock, their chief, seems to have been a man not only of strong native powers of mind, but of unusual intelligence. With quite a brilliant retinue of his warriors, he met Lord Dunmore in council at a point in ...
— Daniel Boone - The Pioneer of Kentucky • John S. C. Abbott

... perform "even by the forms of due process of law". The term due process of law, in short, simply drops out of the clause, which comes to read "no person shall be deprived of property", period. At the same time Judge Comstock's opinion in the case sharply repudiates all arguments against the statute sounding in Natural Law concepts, fundamental principles of liberty, common reason and natural rights, and so forth. Such theories were ...
— The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation • Edward Corwin

... the place seemed so certainly under a curse, that although he had paid a good round sum for it, and had spent a pot of money having the house decorated and the garden laid out just as Miriam and her mother fancied it—Miriam is Miss Comstock, my fiancee, Mr. Cleek—nothing would induce Mr. Harmstead to stop in it another hour after ...
— Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces • Thomas W. Hanshew

Words linked to "Comstock" :   reformist, reformer, social reformer, Anthony Comstock, meliorist, crusader, Comstock mealybug, Comstock's mealybug

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