[toin-bee] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for toynbee

Contemporary Examples of toynbee

  • When what Toynbee called a “creative minority” does not rise to the occasion of a great challenge, society withers and dies.

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    Evan Bayh's Shameful Retreat

    Lee Siegel

    February 15, 2010

Historical Examples of toynbee

  • "This is part of a little affair I'm managing for Mrs. Toynbee," says Pinckney.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • About the third day things began to hum around the Toynbee place.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Dr. Toynbee has long promised to publish a paper on this matter.

  • The first house of this kind to be established was Toynbee Hall in London, in 1885.

    The Spirit of America

    Henry Van Dyke

  • And it was a time of rising rents; according to Toynbee they at least doubled between 1790 and 1833.

British Dictionary definitions for toynbee


  1. Arnold 1852–83, British economist and social reformer, after whom Toynbee Hall, a residential settlement in East London, is named
  2. his nephew, Arnold Joseph . 1889–1975, British historian. In his chief work, A Study of History (1934–61), he attempted to analyse the principles determining the rise and fall of civilizations
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