infallibility

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n infallibility the quality of never making an error
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Infallibility The quality or state of being infallible, or exempt from error; inerrability. "Infallibility is the highest perfection of the knowing faculty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infallibility The quality of being infallible, or incapable of error or mistake; entire exemption from liability to error. In theology the doctrine of the infallibility of the church is the doctrine that the church as a whole cannot err in its spiritual faith and its religious teaching, and that consequently the religious teaching of the church is infallibly true. In Roman Catholic theology the doctrine of the infallibility of the Pope is the doctrine that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra (that is, when he speaks officially and on matters of faith and morals) he is divinely guarded from all error. The theory of the Pope's official infallibility was long maintained by ultramontane theologians as the basis of pontifical supremacy; but it was first promulgated as a binding dogma by the Vatican Council in 1870, in the restricted form above given. See Old Catholics, under catholic.
    • n infallibility Incapability of failure; absolute certainty of success or effect: as, the infallibility of a remedy.
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “He scratched his ear, the infallible resource to which embarrassed people have recourse.”
  • Francesco Petrarch
    Francesco Petrarch
    “Five enemies of peace inhabit with us -- avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.”
  • William Hepworth Thompson
    William Hepworth Thompson
    “We are none of us infallible -- not even the youngest of us.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    Edward%20Gibbon
    “Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. infaillibilité,

Usage

In literature:

This system of a final and infallible knowledge of the world is the very foundation of ecclesiastical government.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
Priests always try to impress their members with the idea that they are infallible and that it is impossible for them to sin.
"Thirty Years In Hell" by Bernard Fresenborg
They like the Pope to be infallible in faith, and grave doctors to be infallible in morals, so as to have certainty.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Her posture of attack, which is very different to that of the paralysers, is infallibly fatal to the victim.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
It is made known to us by the infallible Church through which God speaks.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Mr. Jefferson had his political panacea: all disorders would infallibly be cured by it.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
Besides, if a book is to guide a man infallibly, it must be made perfectly plain; it must be infallibly interpreted.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
That is an infallible sign.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Without it all voices of which great exertions are demanded infallibly meet disaster.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
That the so-called "apocryphal" book of Wisdom is Scripture, and the infallible and undeceivable word of God.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
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In poetry:

Fool! thrice fool!
do I hanker after that too? Fancy me
infallible nursery saint, live code of law!
me preaching! teaching innocence to be good!
a mother!
"A Castaway" by Augusta Davies Webster
Make an infallible motion, call back
chilly winds pouring out of pitchers
a flamelike lotion.
'tis night today, and I wake before I ripen
in the mirrors of your tears.
"Night" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
'Stand!' shouted the bobbies in accents most dread,
'Or else you will taste our infallible lead.'
But the maids of the mountains just laughed at poor Clark,
And galloped away to continue their lark.
"The Maids of the Mountains" by Anonymous Oceania
The Latin swears his Roman Pope is judge infallible.
Wherefore you may be very sure the Devil from his skull
Will drink a toast unto all liars, who such a lie aver--
Tho they believe, as we all believe, in the Holy Sepulchre!
"A Song Of The Sects" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Marvin Hamlisch was blessed with perfect pitch and an infallible ear.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Makeup Foundation.
The "YouTubes" are infallible .
And remember that whole infallibility thing.
Just because an artist is legendary doesn't make him infallible.
If you believe that God (or Mother Nature) is infallible then why tamper with His bounty.
"Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls" is a hilarious and smartly-written book about getting dumped and getting over it — as long as you don't take it too seriously.
Sean Watson has an immense following among young-and-hip circles because of his innate skills as a party instigator and near-infallible taste in music.
Difference is the male's infallible sense of direction.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Makeup Foundation.
After a near decade of being viewed as practically infallible by the press, Wall Street and most everyone else, Apple has had a rough few months.
Coca-Cola's record on soda introductions is not infallible.
In my eyes, they are perfect, infallible, right up there on the hallowed pedestal with Mom, Mother Theresa and the Virgin Mary.
His Holiness's tweets aren't any more infallible than yours are.
Although papal infallibility is commonly found in popular conversation, how well the term is understood is another matter.
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In science:

The rate here depends on both the wind and infall velocities, and those within the patch itself.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Note that the relevant wind and infall velocities are the normal components relative to the patch, since the latter has the normal velocity un .
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Before displaying our fully time-dependent results, we first discuss the quasi-steady solutions obtained in Paper I. 1 These shells are in dynamical equilibrium, with gravity and the infall ram pressure opposing the outward ram pressure from the wind.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
We showed in Paper I that such motion is generally small compared to the wind and infall speeds.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
That is, at least 80 percent of the confining force must come from the infall ram pressure, rather than gravity, to ensure stability.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
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