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  • They have convivial gatherings the second Tuesday of each month.
  • She has an affable, convivial nature.
  • She thinks conviviality is a major cause of overeating.
  • They hailed Ethan with ironic compliment and offers of conviviality;
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome

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  • I’ve seen flashes of this August before—this brightness, this conviviality, this generosity of spirit—but I know what he’s capable of, and I won’t forget it.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • At fifty he was healthy, convivial, and calm, and he was pleased to pass the evenings drinking whisky with friends, always sensibly and for the sake of conversation.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • It had been a feeling she’d been after, a convivial solidarity;
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • After anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour of conviviality (in which the pups took part, getting under everyone’s feet and nipping promiscuously at any adult tail they might encounter) the three adults would adjourn to the crest of the den, usually led by Angeline.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And though in near time we did sleep together (with a genuinely pleasing, if sober, conviviality), I came to think of that first interlude with a somewhat sorrowful fondness, for I saw that our days together were perhaps sullied from the very beginning and all the way through, right up to the last.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I began to warm to the convivial, gently alcoholic mood of our tiny gathering as does a hound dog who slinks out from chill, comfortless shadows into the heat of the midday sun.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Though it was never quite night there, or exactly day, still the glow of lamplight against burnished oak gave off an air of conviviality and safety like a private club.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The living arrangements were loose and convivial.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He had never felt completely comfortable at these forced efforts of conviviality himself.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • How could he forget that in his Island days, Queequeg, for one, must certainly have been guilty of some murderous, convivial indiscretions.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Spirits were produced, in consequence of one of the young ladies complaining of a coldness in her inside; and the conversation took a very convivial and improving turn.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ’It might even get me into The Saturday Evening Post,’ Colonel Cathcart boasted in his office with a smile, swaggering back and forth convivially as he reproached the chaplain.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • honored most in all the realm as his convivial friend.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Exceedingly red-eyed and grim, as if he had been up all night at a party which had taken anything but a convivial turn, Jerry Cruncher worried his breakfast rather than ate it, growling over it like any four-footed inmate of a menagerie.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Mr. Micawber was uncommonly convivial.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Mr. Weston was chatty and convivial, and no friend to early separations of any sort; but at last the drawing-room party did receive an augmentation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • When the "Jazz History of the World." was over, girls were putting their heads on men’s shoulders in a puppyish, convivial way, girls were swooning backward playfully into men’s arms, even into groups, knowing that some one would arrest their falls — but no one swooned backward on Gatsby, and no French bob touched Gatsby’s shoulder, and no singing quartets were formed with Gatsby’s head for one link.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • We made many a "bran new" theory of life over a thin dish of gruel, which combined the advantages of conviviality with the clear-headedness which philosophy requires.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Perhaps some convivial idiot who had had one over the eight.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • If any poor fellow drowned his wits in the bowl, and, in the openness of his convivial heart, proclaimed that he did not mean to vote the Democratic ticket, he was shoved into the street without ceremony.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Cedric would have avoided pledging her in this ominous conviviality, but the sign which she made to him expressed impatience and despair.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Then abruptly the table broke up—the moment when the guests had been daringly lifted above conviviality into the rarer atmosphere of sentiment, was over before it could be irreverently breathed, before they had half realized it was there.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The defeated knights, jogging home with their bruises, missed the conviviality which usually happened on tournament evenings, wondered who the taciturn champion could be, and talked superstitiously among themselves.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • At this date there prevailed in Casterbridge a convivial custom—scarcely recognized as such, yet none the less established.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He lifted the latch, and turned into the bright bar or kitchen on the right hand, where the less lofty customers of the house were in the habit of assembling, the parlour on the left being reserved for the more select society in which Squire Cass frequently enjoyed the double pleasure of conviviality and condescension.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • A few friends, and a quiet convivial party would be the thing, if we could get it up.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • From the Hushe Valley, a hundred miles east, Mouzafer had made his way to this convivial table with his friend, an old-time porter and base camp cook of wide renown known as "Apo," or "Old Man" Razak.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Not that Tom had not his own way of speaking his mind occasionally, with something of the tact often observable in his class; as, for example, the very day after the Sabbath we have described, St. Clare was invited out to a convivial party of choice spirits, and was helped home, between one and two o’clock at night, in a condition when the physical had decidedly attained the upper hand of the intellectual.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I led Dr Meredith downstairs, showed him into the billiard room, then returned quickly to the smoking room where the atmosphere, if anything, had grown even more convivial.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • But Lily recalled with a pang that there were convivial moments when, as Judy had confided to her, Gus "talked foolishly": in one of these, no doubt, the fatal word had slipped from him.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He had squandered a substantial fortune, he had been deplorably convivial, he was known to have gambled freely.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …that the reason Sutpen did not drink was that he did not have the money with which to pay his share or return the courtesy; it was General Compson who first realised that at this time Sutpen lacked not only the money to spend for drink and conviviality, but the time and inclination as well: that he was at this time completely the slave of his secret and furious impatience, his conviction gained from whatever that recent experience had been—that fever mental or physical—of a need for…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Mr. Bucket proceeded in the same convivial manner as before.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The business was felt to be so public and important that it required dinners to feed it, and many invitations were just then issued and accepted on the strength of this scandal concerning Bulstrode and Lydgate; wives, widows, and single ladies took their work and went out to tea oftener than usual; and all public conviviality, from the Green Dragon to Dollop’s, gathered a zest which could not be won from the question whether the Lords would throw out the Reform Bill.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …eaten everything, the table was cleared in a most alarming hurry, and with great noise; and the spirits, whereat the eyes of Newman Noggs glistened, being arranged in order, with water both hot and cold, the party composed themselves for conviviality; Mr Lillyvick being stationed in a large armchair by the fireside, and the four little Kenwigses disposed on a small form in front of the company with their flaxen tails towards them, and their faces to the fire; an arrangement which…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He had squandered a substantial fortune, he had been deplorably convivial, he was known to have gambled freely.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • In the department of conviviality the imaginativeness of Americans has been shown in both the invention and the naming of new and often highly complex beverages.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Unpleasant men with wet cigars would ask them to have a convivial drink of corn whisky, call them "girley," and suggest a hotel room or a motorcar as a meeting-place.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • His oft-stated pleasures were his family, his farm, his books and writing table, a convivial pipe and cup of coffee (now that tea was no longer acceptable), or preferably a glass of good Madeira.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • And the six-ounce cans of Minute Maid arrayed across the bottom of the board, a hundred identical cans so familiar in design and color and typeface that they have personality, the convivial cuteness of little orange-and-black people.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • This little convivial party seemed at the lowest pitch of despondency, as considering that the purified world must needs be utterly unlike the sphere that they had hitherto known, and therefore but a strange and desolate abode for gentlemen of their kidney.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • He went on speaking in these terms for a while, and Hans Castorp listened, too, but was unable to follow the argument very well—not only because of his weariness, but also because he was distracted by the conviviality among the flighty young people down on the steps.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It is true that, now and then, when he had been a little heated by an extra glass of grog, he had been heard to say of Hetty that the "lass was well enough," and that "a man might do worse"; but on convivial occasions men are apt to express themselves strongly.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The apartment on the ground-floor in which it was held, was the Snuggery in question; the presidential tribune of the chairman, the pewter-pots, glasses, pipes, tobacco-ashes, and general flavour of members, were still as that convivial institution had left them on its adjournment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She came to visit her parents only once after they settled in Santa Fé, and she was a somewhat sombre figure in that convivial household.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Convivial evenings.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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