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  • She is known for distributing gratuitous insults.
  • a gratuitous assumption
  • But in the humans the Enemy has gratuitously associated affection between the parties with sexual desire.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • If there was one thing about Liesel Meminger, her thieving was not gratuitous.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • I found the gore a bit gratuitous, so I looked away for a second, asking Augustus, "How many dead people do you think there are?"
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I don’t go around gratuitously shooting people and then bragging about it afterward in seedy space-rangers bars,
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Primroses and landscapes, he pointed out, have one grave defect: they are gratuitous.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • ...it is most curious to see that you have so much time on your hands that you are able to simply wander about this house bothering others with gratuitous comments.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I—I got ’cause at Ginsberg’s," she added gratuitously.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • In 1996, Congress passed welfare reform legislation that gratuitously included a provision that authorized states to ban people with drug convictions from public benefits and welfare.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • To sneak out of the house without permission, without even informing me, to attend some gratuitous parade, and all the while Peony is—
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Upon whose shoulders rests the blame for this gratuitous torture—mine, Leslie’s, the Zeitgeist’s?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Folly, folly, his heart kept saying: conscious, gratuitous, suicidal folly.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Scorn, bitterness, unprovoked malignity, gratuitous desire of ill, ridicule of whatever was good and holy, all awoke to tempt, even while they frightened him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They rebuild their houses for them gratuitously when they are ruined.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The self-sacrifice of a father or mother, or self-sacrifice with the possibility of a reward, is more comprehensible than gratuitous self-sacrifice, and therefore seems less deserving of sympathy and less the result of free will.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Permit me to inquire the name of the magistrate who offers a gratuitous and unprovoked insult to a respectable person, under the protection of the bench.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • To no class of persons is the presentation of a gratuitous opera-box more acceptable than to the wealthy millionaire, who still hugs economy while boasting of carrying a king’s ransom in his waistcoat pocket.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • As for Lord Antony and Sir Andrew Ffoulkes, their very hearts seemed to stand still with horror at this gratuitous insult.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • You see, it works like – Who cares how it works if it doesn’t help us? I know–let’s kill her!A gratuitous image of my hands tightening around the Seeker’s neck filled my head.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • We should feed and clothe him gratuitously sometimes, and recruit him with our cordials, before we judge of him.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The door opened, and a thick-set, heavy-looking young man entered, with the flushed face and the gratuitously elated bearing which mark the first stage of intoxication.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Is it his presence that prompts her to a rather gratuitous speech, a speech with an air of being "to whom it may concern," recalling her husband’s instructions when he left for the Trojan War?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • This gratuitous contribution of a humorous character occasioned a fair amount of laughter among his entourage.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was the knowledge that neither their marriage nor his love for her nor his insistence on holding her nor his love for that other woman nor this gratuitous adultery had any meaning whatever, that there was no shred of sense in any of it and no use to grope for explanations.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was not a gratuitous description.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Fearless and wicked as they are, they dare not attempt such open and gratuitous cruelty!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • A gratuitous ordeal was in store for her in the matter of her handwriting.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • My private opinion is, that this was entirely a gratuitous assumption, and that Pidger was altogether innocent of any such sentiments — to which he had never given any sort of expression that I could ever hear of.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • For one thing, on her way to the lane, Laura is gratuitously accosted by a large dog "running by like a shadow" Upon getting to the bottom, she crosses the "broad road" to go into the dismal lane.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "Dear father," he said sadly, "I wish you would not expose yourself to such gratuitous pain from scoundrels!"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Though his services were rendered quite gratuitously.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ROS: Well, really-I mean, people want to be entertained-they don’t come expecting sordid and gratuitous filth.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Even Hotspur, one would think, must have been patient in his slippers on a warm hearth, taking copious snuff, and sipping gratuitous brandy-and-water.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • In Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris an edifying and gratuitous spectacle was provided for the people in the Hotel de Ville of Paris in the reign of Louis XI. in honor of the birth of the dauphin.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I had not eaten the nuts; I was sorry that I had called her Aunt Addie; but I did not want to be singled out for gratuitous punishment.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Passing the evening, therefore, in a desultory waiting about the town wherein he avoided the precincts of every cloister and hall, because he could not bear to behold them, he repaired to the tavern bar while the hundred and one strokes were resounding from the Great Bell of Cardinal College, a coincidence which seemed to him gratuitous irony.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The burden of offence lying manifestly with Mrs. Dorset, this conjecture seemed on the face of it gratuitously unkind; but Selden knew that in the most one-sided matrimonial quarrel there are generally counter-charges to be brought, and that they are brought with the greater audacity where the original grievance is so emphatic.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Expressing himself to this effect, Mr Squeers, who lost no opportunity of advertising gratuitously, placed his hands upon his knees, and looked at the pupils with as much benignity as he could possibly affect, while Nicholas, blushing with shame, handed round the cards as directed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But it is by no means certain that she did not feel it to be wrong that so little notice was taken of them and that her failure (really very gratuitous) to make herself important in the neighbourhood had not much to do with the acrimony of her allusions to her husband’s adopted country.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He just walked on, erect, with the new hat cocked and carrying in his hand now that which must have seemed to them the final gratuitous bafflement and even insult, with the committee riding along in the street beside him and not quite parallel, and others who did not happen to have horses at the moment joining in and following the committee in the road, and ladies and children and women slaves coming to the doors and windows of the homes as they passed to watch as they went on in grim…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His spirit was piercing, but there has to be mentioned his poor color, age-impoverished and gray; plus the new flat’s ugliness; dullness of certain hours, dryness of days, dreariness and shabbiness—mentioned that the street was bare, dim and low in life, bad; and that there were business thoughts and malformed growths of purpose, terrible, menacing, salt-patched with noises and news, and pimpled and dotted around with lies, both practical and gratuitous.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • …full of misery, but for a while she contemplated it firmly, allowing herself, nevertheless, as girls will, to dwell upon the happy life she would have enjoyed had Troy been Boldwood, and the path of love the path of duty—inflicting upon herself gratuitous tortures by imagining him the lover of another woman after forgetting her; for she had penetrated Troy’s nature so far as to estimate his tendencies pretty accurately, but unfortunately loved him no less in thinking that he might soon…
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He would never stand there again; it was gratuitous dreariness.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "Tell him about the gratuitous act, Millie," he said.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Observe, it was a perfectly gratuitous idea on his part, seeing there has never been any discussion of it between us!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The Irishman is almost incapable of saying plain yes or no; he must always add some extra and gratuitous asseveration.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Whatever her neighboring monarchs thought, she very rarely made hasty decisions, and she didn’t engage in violence gratuitously.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
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