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n.1.The quality of being forcible.
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than that in truth they feel those passions, which as easily (I think) may be bewrayed by that same forcibleness or energia (as the Greeks call it) of the writer.
The sections on flogging and other violent sexual practices recall some of Swinburne's work, many others on the Orientalism that had gained forcibleness in British arts from the eighteenth century, on through Byron's narrative verse, Burton's various writings, and Beardsley's pictorial work.
These facts point to the forcibleness of the speech in its day.