Adjective "harkening" definition and examples

(Harkening may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


  1. 'At last, the Hebrews have hearkened unto that voice in the wilderness, that great prophet who came down off the mountain.'
  2. 'The voice is pedantic and apostrophic - O reader, hearken to my tale - and imbued with a faux-archaism that suggests the curlicued Georgian efforts of young Robin Hyde.'
  3. 'The Torah tells us listen, hear, and hearken on whichever level you are able.'
  1. 'I found this number intriguing, my mind hearkening back to the events of 1968, a year filled with a lifetime's worth of personal transformations and a civilization's worth of crucibles.'
  2. 'They hearken back to the great Common Law judges of the past who with determination and assurance developed the Common Law from precedent to precedent.'
  3. 'I am currently creating a website for a congressman and I've found the graphic imagery of today's campaigns occurs within standards that hearken back to an ‘old time’ aesthetic.'
  4. 'You know, I think some people can relate to being the last picked, and I think, as you hearken back to those days on the playground scene here, you almost can feel the pain when you're in your 40s.'
  5. 'Taylor's funk-influenced style hearkens back to the days when Motown was pounding out hit after soulful hit, without relying on sentimentalism or retro-chic.'
  6. 'These ecological anxieties hearken back through a tradition of tasty ‘people as food’ films to the wonderful Cold War anxiety films of the 1950s and '60s.'
  7. 'When he gets to closing arguments, he's going to want to hearken back to that because he doesn't this bug evidence, which comes at the very end, to cloud the picture.'
  8. 'Given the fact that most of this paraphernalia hearkens back to movies of yore, only a modern projection screen, like the ones in Vic's lecture theatres, seems out of place.'
  9. 'It raises questions of a claim to European leadership, perhaps in co-operation with Russia, that hearkens back to some Prussian ideas of the 19th century.'
  10. 'The results are sculptural, hearkening back to the artist's beginnings in that three-dimensional medium.'

More definitions

1. hearken.

More examples(as adjective)

"backs can be harkening."


(harken)Old English heorcnian; probably related to hark. The spelling with ea (dating from the 16th century) is due to association with hear.