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Milesians = slang for Irish (from Milesius, a mythical Spanish conqueror of Ireland); Miss Dosie = Miss Eudosia; bossee = humorous for a female boss; coteries = social sets}
To say that this was entirely unexpected by the small coterie which knew him, would be to say an untruth; and yet never once had we, his intimates, ever canvassed the idea.
Mademoiselle Cormon, a species of firm, as one might say, under whose name was comprised an imposing coterie, was naturally the aim and object of two ambitious men as deep and wily as the Chevalier de Valois and du Bousquier.
ISLAMABAD -- PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari has said that what proceedings has been initiated by Supreme Court (SC) against Nehal Hashmi should be initiated against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and their coteries who have committed contempt of court.
Lahore, June 30 (ANI): The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has been informed about the involvement of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's coteries in a 15 billion rupee scam.
In critical terms, there are numerous problems with a too-literal use of coterie as interpretive frame: First, there is the question of the possibility of any positive historical knowledge after the move to radical textuality (either avant-garde or poststructuralist); there is also the political question of the social makeup of coteries and the "restricted production" of avant-garde art as opposed to more accessible, middlebrow, or public tastes, theorized by Pierre Bourdieu; there is also the nasty theory of the avant-garde that faults its claim to return art to life while failing to do so; and finally there is the question of the porous boundary between high art and mass culture--particularly relevant to O'Hara's work--which further complicates the hierarchies of coterie.
They were written to liberate the avoidant and defensive "common man" that is protected by the arrogance of the coteries of culture.
Chapter 3 examines Richelieu and his coteries who expounded the French version of raison d'etat, while chapter 4 studies Louis XIV and Jacques-Benigne Bossuet.
The stench of that hypocrisy has not only been corrupting System-approved literary journals, prizes and coteries, but literature itself.
In typical habitat, several coteries occur together in "colonies" that form in patches of suitable habitat in the local and regional landscape.
He says entomologists have suspected that vibratory papillae may have a signaling role, and that caterpillars actively recruit protective coteries of ants rather than simply waiting for them to arrive.