- presence chamber,
- presence of mind,
- presenile dementia,
Origin of presence
Examples from the Web for presence
He appeared to understand however belatedly that he was in the presence of another kind of greatness.
No one who lives in an American city requires a flashlight to detect the presence of immigrants or the challenges they face daily.
In general, their presence is meant to throw you off your game by design.
Since 2009, the goat has had a thriving Twitter presence as well, today enjoying up to nearly 8,000 followers.
The young man had the presence of mind to tail Gaylard Williams out of the park and jot down his license plate.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That father too embraced him and asked him in the presence of all,—“Do you remember both your lives, my son?”The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
Mrs. Stoddart sat down by the bed, and presently Annette, as if conscious of her presence, opened her eyes.Notwithstanding|Mary Cholmondeley
It was apparent that, seasoned to surprises as they were, Nick's presence took them aback.The Glimpses of the Moon|Edith Wharton
He no longer felt a dim animosity and inferiority in his presence.Flappers and Philosophers|F. Scott Fitzgerald
No man is brave in presence of an earthquake, or a bursting boiler, or an exploding torpedo.A Journey to the Centre of the Earth|Jules Verne
Word Origin for presence
mid-14c., "fact of being present," from Old French presence (12c., Modern French présence), from Latin praesentia "a being present," from praesentem (see present (n.)). Meaning "carriage, demeanor, aspect" (especially if impressive) is from 1570s; that of "divine, spiritual, or incorporeal being felt as present" is from 1660s. Presence of mind (1660s) is a loan-translation of French présence d'esprit, Latin praesentia animi.