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  • I reached Hannibal in twenty minutes, drove past the glorious Gilded Age courthouse that now held only a chicken-wing place in its basement, and headed past a series of shuttered businesses—ruined community banks and defunct movie houses—toward the river.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I’m about to speed through the long-defunct traffic light at Baxter when I am suddenly dazzled by a wall of zipping, bouncing light: the beams of a dozen flashlights directed into my eyes, so I have to skid abruptly to a halt, lifting a hand to my face and nearly flipping over the handlebars—which would be a real disaster, since in my rush to get out of the house I forgot to bring my helmet.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • No, not truly dead (only one, luscious Maria Hunt, had gone to her Maker), but in effect extinguished, defunct, kaput, so far as each of them concerned my life.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The show is held in a small defunct supermarket, west on Bloor Street.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • By the time I had gathered my wits sufficiently to wriggle out from under the defunct Harry, Arnold had joined his companion in death, throat neatly cut from ear to ear by the sgian dhu that Jamie carried in his stocking.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • At opposite ends of the field, there were rusty chain-link backstops, the vestiges of a long-defunct Little League baseball program.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • And I somehow rigged up two of my chem lights, which glow when you break them in half, and fixed them to the defunct radio wires.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Pascal had a kilo of sugar cane and a defunct World War II handgun in his backpack.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • His head leaned back so far that it rested against the face of a defunct mantelpiece clock, and from this position his distraught eyes stared down at Daisy, who was sitting, frightened but graceful, on the edge of a stiff chair.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Who?" I point at the defunct circus.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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  • With my cigar box of dollars and scrip left from my defunct newspaper delivery business, I went to Junior, the clerk at the drugstore counter, to find out.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Soon, all three of us were decked out like walking advertisements for the defunct theme park.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • But they’re already dead, defunct.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • During our expedition to Bethune the husband of my duchess died; so, my dear, the coffer of the defunct holding out its arms to me, I shall marry the widow.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There has been no evidence of their existence for over half a century, and most scholars agree the Illuminati have been defunct for many years.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • That’s a defunct Columbia Gorge tribe.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • In truth, it turned out to be one of those problematical whales that seem to dry up and die with a sort of prodigious dyspepsia, or indigestion; leaving their defunct bodies almost entirely bankrupt of anything like oil.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • His prophecy, I remember, appeared in November or December, 1893, in a long-defunct publication, the Pall Mall Budget, and I recall a caricature of it in a pre-Martian periodical called Punch.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The sea fisheries were defunct several years ago; the few fish they have now are from fish farms, and taste muddy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The earliest riser, coming forth in the dim twilight, would perceive a vaguely-defined figure aloft on the place of shame; and half-crazed betwixt alarm and curiosity, would go knocking from door to door, summoning all the people to behold the ghost—as he needs must think it—of some defunct transgressor.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He is a deceased man—defunct in understanding.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The witness makes reference to a currently defunct statute of the State of Washington which made it illegal at the time of which she speaks for an alien, a noncitizen, to hold title to real estate.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • As the humming, vibrating blade sank into the softweb of flesh between the soon-to-be-defunct thumb and his first finger, she assured him again in her this-hurts-Mother-more-than-it-hurts Paulie voice that she loved him.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • A truce to threnes and trentals and jeremies and all such congenital defunctive music!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There is no such unwholesome atmosphere as that of an old home, rendered poisonous by one’s defunct forefathers and relatives.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It was a small, stuffy, defunct room, of mahogany, and deathly enlargements of photographs of departed people done in carbon.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It’s the name of a defunct German tractor company and an award-winning shih-tzu dog; it’s a seaside resort in Poland, an advertising firm in Switzerland, a Danish boat where people gather to drink vodka and watch films, and a Marvel comic book character who appears in several online games: a seven-foot-tall, half-black, half-white goddess who’s part dead and part alive, with "immeasurable" intelligence, "superhuman" strength, "godlike" stamina and durability, and five hundred pounds of…
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The awning must have been there back then, already a relic of a defunct store, but Deo said he didn’t remember it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Vouch with me, heaven, I therefore beg it not To please the palate of my appetite; Nor to comply with heat,—the young affects In me defunct,—and proper satisfaction; But to be free and bounteous to her mind: And heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant For she is with me: no, when light-wing’d toys Of feather’d Cupid seel with wanton dullness My speculative and offic’d instruments, That my disports corrupt and taint my business, Let…
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • When Shakespeare’s played you hold a chair, And some defunct, moth-eaten star Enchants the mental prig you are….
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The mantelpiece cast up a great black shadow, over half of a mouldy old sampler, which her defunct ladyship had worked, no doubt, and over two little family pictures of young lads, one in a college gown, and the other in a red jacket like a soldier.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Matelote, large, plump, redhaired, and noisy, the favorite ex-sultana of the defunct Hucheloup, was homelier than any mythological monster, be it what it may; still, as it becomes the servant to always keep in the rear of the mistress, she was less homely than Mame Hucheloup.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • …fortunate were the times when that most daring knight Don Quixote of La Mancha was sent into the world; for by reason of his having formed a resolution so honourable as that of seeking to revive and restore to the world the long-lost and almost defunct order of knight-errantry, we now enjoy in this age of ours, so poor in light entertainment, not only the charm of his veracious history, but also of the tales and episodes contained in it which are, in a measure, no less pleasing,…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • There were three courts: one belonging to Harry Haydock, one to the cottages at the lake, and one, a rough field on the outskirts, laid out by a defunct tennis association.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • …and borne to the treasury of the church of Saint Opportune, where the sacristan, even as late as 1789, earned a tolerably handsome revenue out of the great miracle of the Statue of the Virgin at the corner of the Rue Mauconseil, which had, by its mere presence, on the memorable night between the sixth and seventh of January, 1482, exorcised the defunct Eustache Moubon, who, in order to play a trick on the devil, had at his death maliciously concealed his soul in his straw pallet.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The first to do so was the now defunct Examiner, which, in the impression bearing date July 15, 1876, entitled one of its articles "The Wessex Labourer," the article turning out to be no dissertation on farming during the Heptarchy, but on the modern peasant of the south-west counties, and his presentation in these stories.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • By the time she appeared before her visitor she had in fact reminded herself that there was once a literary lady at Mrs. Touchett’s; the only woman of letters she had ever encountered—that is the only modern one, since she was the daughter of a defunct poetess.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • A strange thing has happened to a scion of our defunct aristocracy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • His name actually came off of the nearly defunct TradeHard mailing list.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • They thought of all the affection they would have lavished on the defunct if they had known the end was so near.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • To take on temporarily those necessary functions of the defunct Authority I have asked the General Manager of LuNoHo Company to serve.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Her one-piece desk-and-chair, rescued from a defunct mission school, and bearing the gouged frustration of many a pupil, faced the wall.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • According to an article that had been published in a now defunct magazine, they were at one point regarded as the most vicious, revenge-driven family east of Raleigh.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • A snatch of the cradle song recurred, but this time, instead of his mother’s face, he saw the scarred face of Alice, who had been his woman in the now-defunct town of Tull.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Repeating the experiment in 1986 (with Mays replacing the defunct Klein’s) and again in 1997, they found the use of the socially more acceptable "r" increasing about 1.5 percent a year.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • By the time she appeared before her visitor she had in fact reminded herself that there was once a literary lady at Mrs. Touchett’s; the only woman of letters she had ever encountered—that is the only modern one, since she was the daughter of a defunct poetess.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He had left sundry folios, and certain boxes well stored with botanical specimens and defunct animals, under the good keeping of Ishmael, and it immediately struck his acute mind, that marauders as subtle as the Siouxes would never neglect the opportunity to despoil him of these treasures.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • In lifeless squares and avenues these tawdry idols lorded it under the lowering sky; stolid monsters that might have personified the rule of immobility imposed on us, or, anyhow, its final aspect, that of a defunct city in which plague, stone, and darkness had effectively silenced every voice.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • At "sole Arabian tree" he started; at "thou shrieking harbinger" he smiled with sudden pleasure; at "every fowl of tyrant wing" the blood rushed up into his cheeks; but at "defunctive music" he turned pale and trembled with an unprecedented emotion.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The lane went back toa barred gate, became defunctive in grass,a mere path scarred quietly intonew grass.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
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