It would seem that they now have it all in terms of responsibility for their billing actions, to conform to rigid, irrational, flagitious
, arbitrarily conceived guidelines of the government.
We term a flagitious
act a crime rather on account of its consequences, than from regard to any such intrinsic characteristics.
of profound Tranquillity, and when the Consequence, at the worst, can probably be no greater than the Change of a Ministry, I do not think a Writer, whose only Livelihood is his Pen, to deserve a very flagitious
Character, if, when one Set of Men deny him Encouragement, he seeks it from another, at their Expence; nor will I rashly condemn such a Writer as the vilest of Men, (provided he keeps within the Rules of Decency) if he endeavours to make the best of his own Cause, and uses a little Art in blackening his Adversary.
The key concepts of patriotism--"obedience to the law," "prosperity to the country"--had come to signify, "in the mouths of these disti nguished statesmen, a mean and servile acquiescence in the most flagitious
and profligate legislation in favor of slavery" (252-53).
This is a daring, turbulent, active, able, and flagitious
Christensen might think his attempt at wit and wisdom will save the day: but such flagitious
rhetoric should hang its head in shame.
He singles out literature with homosexual themes: "Vices so flagitious
, so opposed to even the decencies of nature in its crudest and lowest forms, that the poignancy of moral disgust is lost in horror" (F, 485).
Having conceded just three penalties in the first half, they shipped nine in the second and for some reason Mr Gamage found the home front row particularly flagitious
Today, that is much less the case--particularly in Hollywood, which over time has begun to reject and mock the old morality in favor of carnal depravity, flagitious
violence, and even hatred of Christianity.