[ toin-bee ]

  1. Arnold J(oseph), 1889–1975, English historian.

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How to use Toynbee in a sentence

  • The historian Arnold Toynbee famously theorized that history proceeds by a special type of dialectic: challenge and response.

    Evan Bayh's Shameful Retreat | Lee Siegel | February 15, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • When what Toynbee called a “creative minority” does not rise to the occasion of a great challenge, society withers and dies.

    Evan Bayh's Shameful Retreat | Lee Siegel | February 15, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Comparative historians like Spengler, Pareto and Toynbee realized that history did not merely happen but had some kind of pattern.

    The Sensitive Man | Poul William Anderson
  • Toynbee Hall is not the only place in East London where (p. 175) such works are carried on.

  • Was there not room for another Toynbee, inspired still more definitely than the first with the ideals of a simpler Christianity?

    The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward | Janet Penrose Trevelyan

British Dictionary definitions for Toynbee


/ (ˈtɔɪnbɪ) /

  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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