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convention
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The Fountainhead
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as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
  • But to be conventional is the only abnormality possible between us.
  • A few pictures of her will help—you know, gingham dresses and aprons and her hair done up in a more conventional way.

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  • I say ’weed’ because it is the conventional symbolism and will not frighten you.
  • All the conventional things, I suppose, everybody goes through them, like measles.
  • It was Roark’s house, but its walls were now of red brick, its windows were cut to conventional size and equipped with green shutters, two of its projecting wings were omitted, the great cantilevered terrace over the sea was replaced by a little wrought-iron balcony, and the house was provided with an entrance of Ionic columns supporting a broken pediment, and with a little spire supporting a weather vane.

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  • It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
  • In most countries, the convention is to shake the head to indicate "no", but in Bulgaria that indicates "yes".

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as in: to convene Define
a large conference or meeting
  • But the meeting had convened and Wynand had come.

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  • She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
  • Hotel rooms are expensive that week because so many people are attending a big convention.

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  • It was as if his huge body were resigned to the conventions of a prosaic civilization and to its drab garments, but the oval of his chest and stomach sallied forth, flying the colors of his inner soul.
  • He allowed no reality but that of a man introduced to her in a drawing room, flawlessly obedient to every convention of deference.

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  • The room had the atmosphere of a convention, an opening night and a family picnic.
  • At two o’clock Wynand arrived, as guest of honor, at a luncheon given by a National Convention of Women’s Clubs.
  • The Convention advocated careers for married women; the Wynand papers had fought against the employment of married women for many years.
  • # In the spring, a publishers’ convention took him away from New York for a week.
  • A national convention of advertisers.
  • The national convention of advertisers doesn’t exist as far as you’re concerned.
  • She dashed off a report on a convention she hadn’t attended.

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as in: to convene Define
a large conference or meeting
as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
as in: The Geneva Convention Define
a written international agreement
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