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rote -- as in: learned by rote
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  • He smelled again that polite stuffiness to be found only in church parlors; he recalled the case of drab Sunday School books: "Hetty, a Humble Heroine" and "Josephus, a Lad of Palestine;" he thumbed once more the high-colored text-cards which no boy wanted but no boy liked to throw away, because they were somehow sacred; he was tortured by the stumbling rote of thirty-five years ago, as in the vast Zenith church he listened to: "Now, Edgar, you read the next verse.

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  • She memorized her lesson by rote, but never really understood it.
  • "They will get used to it," the soldier said as if the words were rote in his mouth.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic

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