consumption


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consumption

noun confectio, consumptio, decay, decomposition, decrement, depletion, desolation, devastation, diminishment, diminution, dissipation, expenditure, loss, ravage, ruin, ruination, usage, use, using up, utilization, wastage, waste, wastefulness, wear, withering
Associated concepts: business consumption, consumption in interstate commerce, consumption of goods, consumption of intoxicating liquors, for use and consumption
See also: decline, destruction, deterioration, erosion, expense, prostration, sacrifice, waste
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That article would well bear this rate of duty; and if it should tend to diminish the consumption of it, such an effect would be equally favorable to the agriculture, to the economy, to the morals, and to the health of the society.
But it would be much worse if you got some disease, consumption, say.
Nothing dismal was to be seen, except that peaked piece of antiquity, Peter Goldthwaite's house, which might well look sad externally, since such a terrible consumption was preying on its insides.
Sympathy with consumption does not cure consumption; that is what Science does.
Gate, at the large carding-mill, who, having high connexions frequently visiting her, might be expected to have a large consumption of ratafias and macaroons.
Choice old water too, decanted into stout six-barrel-casks, and two pints of which is allowed every day to each soul on board; together with ample store of sea-bread, previously reduced to a state of petrifaction, with a view to preserve it either from decay or consumption in the ordinary mode, are likewise provided for the nourishment and gastronomic enjoyment of the crew.
Her disorder turned to a galloping Consumption and in a few days carried her off.
The latter had to take their peltries to Canton, which, however, was a mere receiving mart, from whence they had to be distributed over the interior of the empire and sent to the northern parts, where there was the chief consumption.
Those Carlists make a great consumption of cartridges.
She was followed next minute by the servant, who brought in tea, the consumption of which, with the passage of greetings, inquiries and other light civilities between the two visitors, occupied a quarter of an hour.
Consumption had marked her for its victim, and the constant efforts of husband and mother were to secure for her all the comfort and happiness their slender means permitted.
The consumption of these articles would necessarily, little by little, diminish the weight to be sustained, for it must be remembered that the equilibrium of a balloon floating in the atmosphere is extremely sensitive.