• Noun: the state of being present; current existence; example: "he tested for the presence of radon"
• Noun: the immediate proximity of someone or something; examples: "she blushed in his presence", "he sensed the presence of danger", "he was well behaved in front of company"
• Noun: an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
• Noun: the impression that something is present; example: "he felt the presence of an evil force"
• Noun: dignified manner or conduct
• Noun: the act of being present
We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind.
I think the success of democracy is not really police security; it's the presence of a broad middle class. The stronger the middle class of a people is, the less you have to worry about one group coming in and exploiting the democratic process for its own ends.
It is to be remedied that the false traitors will suffer no man to come into the king's presence for no cause without bribes where none ought to be had. Any man might have his coming to him to ask him grace or judgment in such case as the king may give.
Nature hath given not only to the highest, but also to the inferior, classes of the people of this nation, a boldness and confidence in speaking and answering, even in the presence of their princes and chieftains.
While a strong presence on our southern border is imperative, the border cannot be secured unless we enforce our internal laws and stop ignoring the open complicity of U.S. companies and foreign nations to promote illegal activities.