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KnightBlow

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Spanish-Colombia
Hi, I found this sentence and I don't know the meaning of "Waxing between":

A beautiful girl with fluttering dark hair spoke, her tone of voice often waxing between malice and pride.

Is like "brush up against" or something? Thanks
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I think it's misused in that context.

    Here's the relevant definition:
    to increase, as in amount, size, or intensity.

    She is shifting between emotions, she is not shifting in intensity.

    What book is this from?
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It would have made a little more sense if the writer had said “waxing and waning between malice and pride”.
     

    KnightBlow

    New Member
    Spanish-Colombia
    I think it's misused in that context.

    Here's the relevant definition:
    to increase, as in amount, size, or intensity.

    She is shifting between emotions, she is not shifting in intensity.

    What book is this from?
    Torture Princess vol 1, and thanks
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    It’s related to a definition lower down on our dictionary page:

    wax2 (waks), v.i., waxed;
    waxed or (Literary) wax•en;
    wax•ing.

    1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc. Discord waxed at an alarming rate.
    2. Astronomy(of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon. Cf. wane (def. 4).
    3. to grow or become:He waxed angry at the insinuation
    ——
    I’m not sure if it’s used correctly in your example or not. It’s certainly not a verb you hear often, apart from in relation to the moon
     
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