Sentence Examples with the word curtail

The continual difficulties with the estates of his different dominions had harassed and hampered the elector, and the general peace which followed the treaty of Oliva offered a favourable opportunity to curtail their powers.

One result of this damming up has been to submerge the Silver Strand and to curtail the dimensions of Ellen's Isle.

In general, however, the tendency has been, under continental influence, to curtail its proportions.

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Moreover, many proprietors contrived to curtail seriously the allotments which the peasants had possessed under serfdom, and frequently they deprived them of precisely the parts which they were most in need of, namely, pasture lands around their houses, and forests.

Tradition ascribed to him the capture of the maritime town of Helos, which resisted his attempt to curtail its guaranteed rights, and the institution of the class of serfs called Helots.

This - to try to bring unity and harmony into the scattered thoughts of our general culture, to trace them to their primary assumptions and follow them into their ultimate consequences, to connect them all together, to remodel, curtail or amplify them, so as to remove their apparent contradictions, and to combine them in the unity of an harmonious view of things, and especially to investigate those conceptions which form the initial assumptions of the several sciences, and to fix the limits of their applicability.

Maio continued Roger's policy of excluding the nobles from the administration, and sought also to curtail the liberties of the towns.

Emboldened by their success, the fathers approached the subject of reform, their principal object being to curtail the power and resources of the papacy.

Jay and Adams disagreed with him on this point, believing that France intended to curtail the territorial aspirations of the Americans for her own benefit and for that of her ally, Spain.

On heavy soils, however, the farmer cannot afford to curtail the time necessary for thorough cultivation of the land.