One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Causing or expressing tension.
- ‘This popular study considers the manner in which confessions of faith in the context of worship need the tensive force of controversial dialectic to refine and focus their impact on a wider Christian understanding.’
- ‘It has everything - the tensive rivalry, mocking tone, cynical commentary, smug narration and all.’
- ‘The tensive play between the two metaphors ‘bride’ and ‘body’ works only because it was not outrageous for a nubile woman to be depersonified as a body.’
- ‘Gary Burge's essay examines the tensive relationship of John to historical record.’
- ‘Over time, this tensive, paradoxical understanding gave way to the very different image of childhood dominating high modernity: childhood as a time of innocence and unfolding, natural potentials.’
- ‘The heavy, tensive, aching pains are the main indication for its use.’
- ‘He lives in the tensive interim between the present, when he concedes that ‘there is no justice’, and some undisclosed future time, when ‘at the last’ ‘there is a judgment’.’
- ‘The tensive, paradoxical image of childhood forged by the Reformers has much to teach mainline Protestantism.’
- ‘Putting the tensive principles of justice and mercy into practice moves us forward in the transformation of a world founded on injustice and lack of compassion.’
- ‘But art history with its Hegelian roots has long been multifaceted and tensive; its dissonance is its strength.’
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