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novice

1. a probationer in a religious order
2. a racehorse, esp a steeplechaser or hurdler, that has not won a specified number of races
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When the click of his rosary again broke the hush of the inner court where the calm images of the Arhats stand, a novice whispered, Thy chela is here,' and the old man strode forth, forgetting the end of that prayer.
To see two novices try to keep time with one another is very amusing.
It would, perchance, be best that the novices be not admitted," suggested the master.
When I came at last to Rome and saw with eyes the pictures, I found that genius left to novices the gay and fantastic and ostentatious, and itself pierced directly to the simple and true; that it was familiar and sincere; that it was the old, eternal fact I had met already in so many forms,--unto which I lived; that it was the plain you and me I knew so well,--had left at home in so many conversations.
Scooping his hand into the same scientific elbow-rest as before, and backing it up with the inert strength of his arm, as skilfully as a Police Expert, and with an apparent repose quite unattainable by novices, Mr.
Because only peasants, or the most inexperienced novices deny everything flatly at examinations.
observing that the pages were numbered, covered only on one side, and not tied up with a ribbon--sure sign of a novice.
The novice in the military art flew from point to point, retarding his own preparations by the excess of his violent and somewhat distempered zeal; while the more practiced veteran made his arrangements with a deliberation that scorned every appearance of haste; though his sober lineaments and anxious eye sufficiently betrayed that he had no very strong professional relish for the, as yet, untried and dreaded warfare of the wilderness.
However, as you are a novice, let us put off the rest until you are seasoned.
It occurred to him that he had not been dubbed a knight, and that according to the law of chivalry he neither could nor ought to bear arms against any knight; and that even if he had been, still he ought, as a novice knight, to wear white armour, without a device upon the shield until by his prowess he had earned one.
And now, Raoul," said he, "you are launched; you have dukes for friends, a marshal of France for godfather, a prince of the blood as commander, and on the day of your return you have been received by two queens; it is not so bad for a novice.
The passage up the Hudson furnishes in itself so much to charm the eye of a novice, that none but one under the extraordinary circumstances of our heroine, could have beheld the beauties of the river unmoved.