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  • the dulcet tones of NPR Radio broadcasters
  • Despite the best efforts of some Republicans to elicit a hot-tempered response, the Supreme Court nominee answered every question in the same deliberate, dulcet tones that seemed to lull her opposition into, if not complacency, then at least resignation.
    Time Magazine, 2009  --  http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1910486,00.html(retrieved 09/02/09)
  • ...not altogether so mild in its expression as her voice was in its dulcet tones...
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound;
    Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew

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  • As are those dulcet sounds in break of day
    That creep into the dreaming bridegroom’s ear
    And summon him to marriage.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Dulcet, one might say.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "Plenty of time, dulcet darling, now don’t worry yourself" "I’ll leave you," Buttercup said.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Therefore, there was the black leather Bible which I fished out of my suitcase just before the train pulled into Union Station, and also there was the address I inscribed in a large hand on the register, as if to decisively validate my dulcet-voiced and unguentary ministerial bearing: Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The soft, dulcet tones of Chief Schulz were unmistakable.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "So I believe you are an engineer, Mr. Mosby?" Miss Riley asked in a dulcet voice I had never heard her use before.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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  • We thought we heard your dulcet tones.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Her name was Michaela, but the men called her filthy things in dulcet, ingratiating voices, and she giggled with childish joy because she understood no English and thought they were flattering her and making harmless jokes.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Then listen, not to dulcet harmony, But to a discord wrung by mad despair Out of this bosom’s depths of bitterness, To ease my heart and plant a sting in thine.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • — My gentle Puck, come hither: thou remember’st Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres To hear the sea-maid’s music.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • To hear by the nose, it is dulcet in contagion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Procure me music ready when he wakes, To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound; And if he chance to speak, be ready straight, And with a low submissive reverence Say ’What is it your honour will command?’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • He evidently meant to wait up for Sir Andrew Ffoulkes, but was soon overcome by sweet slumbers, for presently—in addition to the slow ticking of the clock—Marguerite could hear the monotonous and dulcet tones of the worthy fellow’s breathing.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • According to the fool’s bolt, sir, and such dulcet diseases.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • An exquisite dulcet epithalame of most mollificative suadency for juveniles amatory whom the odoriferous flambeaus of the paranymphs have escorted to the quadrupedal proscenium of connubial communion.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Mr. Snagsby, otherwise than as he finds expression through these dulcet tones, is rarely heard.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The voice was unexpectedly attractive; it was the low and dulcet note suggestive of romance; common in descriptions, rare in experience.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose like an exhalation, with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet— Built like a temple, where pilasters round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave; nor did there want Cornice or frieze, with bossy sculptures graven; The roof was fretted gold.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The drain-pipe was dripping, a dulcet and lively song: drippety drip drip dribble, drippety drip drip drip.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • ’A singular world, I would say, sir,’ pursued Mrs. Sparsit; after acknowledging the compliment with a drooping of her dark eyebrows, not altogether so mild in its expression as her voice was in its dulcet tones; ’as regards the intimacies we form at one time, with individuals we were quite ignorant of, at another.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • —See how the sleeping out-flung band, touching the bedside candle, remembers pain, springs back and free while mind and brain sleep on and only make of this adjacent heat some trashy myth of reality’s escape or that same sleeping hand, in sensuous marriage with some dulcet surface, is transformed by that same sleeping brain and mind into that same figment-stuff warped out of all experience.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • When they had left him, the boy tried to picture them lulled in the dulcet tranquillity they so often invoked.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Martin had forgotten Ira, that bulky Christian who had tried to save him during otherwise dulcet hours of dissection.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • There shall your master have a thousand loves, A mother, and a mistress, and a friend, A phoenix, captain, and an enemy, A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign, A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear: His humble ambition, proud humility, His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet, His faith, his sweet disaster; with a world Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms, That blinking Cupid gossips.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • To a Certain Civilian Did you ask dulcet rhymes from me?
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I would have saved him for eighty dollars," he protested in dulcet tones, keeping a pace behind me.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Dulcet verse.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • In addition to the dulcet piping of Gabriel’s flute, Boldwood supplied a bass in his customary profound voice, uttering his notes so softly, however, as to abstain entirely from making anything like an ordinary duet of the song; they rather formed a rich unexplored shadow, which threw her tones into relief.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • ’Scarce had the rubicund Apollo spread o’er the face of the broad spacious earth the golden threads of his bright hair, scarce had the little birds of painted plumage attuned their notes to hail with dulcet and mellifluous harmony the coming of the rosy Dawn, that, deserting the soft couch of her jealous spouse, was appearing to mortals at the gates and balconies of the Manchegan horizon, when the renowned knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, quitting the lazy down, mounted his celebrated…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …East or West, or middle shore In Pontus or the Punick coast, or where Alcinous reigned, fruit of all kinds, in coat Rough, or smooth rind, or bearded husk, or shell, She gathers, tribute large, and on the board Heaps with unsparing hand; for drink the grape She crushes, inoffensive must, and meaths From many a berry, and from sweet kernels pressed She tempers dulcet creams; nor these to hold Wants her fit vessels pure; then strows the ground With rose and odours from the shrub unfumed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …and with their varied and gladsome notes seemed to welcome and salute the fresh morn that was beginning to show the beauty of her countenance at the gates and balconies of the east, shaking from her locks a profusion of liquid pearls; in which dulcet moisture bathed, the plants, too, seemed to shed and shower down a pearly spray, the willows distilled sweet manna, the fountains laughed, the brooks babbled, the woods rejoiced, and the meadows arrayed themselves in all their glory at her…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ) HENRY: (In a low dulcet voice, touching the strings of his guitar) There is a flower that bloometh.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "] Through the soft evening air enwinding all, Rocks, woods, fort, cannon, pacing sentries, endless wilds, In dulcet streams, in flutes’ and cornets’ notes, Electric, pensive, turbulent, artificial, (Yet strangely fitting even here, meanings unknown before, Subtler than ever, more harmony, as if born here, related here, Not to the city’s fresco’d rooms, not to the audience of the opera house, Sounds, echoes, wandering strains, as really here at home, Sonnambula’s innocent love, trios…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • There was no mistaking those dulcet tones—hee-haw, hee-haw, hee-haw, resounded through the forest, and our ass braying his approach right merrily appeared in sight.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
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