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  • Currently, I have only a vague inchoate idea of what I want to do, but I expect to have a specific plan before my senior year.
  • an inchoate, but unmistakable, tide of opposition
  • Then his eyes went muddy, as if he had lost his grip on the inchoate thought.
    London, Jack  --  Before Adam
  • In the deep shadow of the tree there was a deeper shadow yet, black, inchoate, vague—a crouching form full of savage vigor and menace.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World

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  • ...the ghosts of departed cook-maids looked wonderingly on ... despising the simplicity of the projected meal, yet ineffectually pining to thrust their shadowy hands into each inchoate dish.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • But even more than that, I found in hip-hop the sound of my generation talking to itself, working through the fears and anxieties and inchoate dreams—of wealth or power or revolution or success—we all shared.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He mumbles a few inchoate phrases to someone who is not there.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Feelings of contempt born of inchoate, unacknowledged fear—civilization’s fear of nature, men’s fear of women, power’s fear of powerlessness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The stink of garbage hit his nostrils, and he jerked back instinctively as something reared over him—a surging mass of inchoate smoke, a cluster of glittering yellow eyes hanging in the darkness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • A kind of brotherhood hides beneath the shadows of columns and the mute verandahs—unspoken, inchoate, but present nevertheless.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Then suddenly, to her astonishment, she realized that although his distress clearly partook of some vague and inchoate rage, it was not rage at her at all but at someone or something else.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • What inchoate corollary statement was consequently suppressed by the host?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • How unutterably sad was the look this fluid inchoate figure of the wolf threw from his beautiful shy eyes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The noises it made sounded like inchoate masses of silk being pulled through trees, as we pull hair through a comb—like heaps of sand pouring on fine sand from a scoop—like gigantic linens being torn —like drums in distant battle—like an endless snake switching through the world’s undergrowth of trees and houses— like old men sighing, and women howling and wolves running.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • An immense psychological pressure, palpable and inchoate, was loose in that room.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The structure is now visible; what is inchoate is here stated; we are not so various or so mean; we have made oblongs and stood them upon squares.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Thus his classification of tenses includes such fabulous monsters as these: continuous, recurrent, neutral, definite, indefinite, secondary, incomplete, inchoate, short and long.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Sometimes her sweltering and inchoate fury was so great that she threw him on the floor and stamped on him.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • And I was beginning to understand in a visceral inchoate way that every single thing I had been taught or had learned on my own since I was a child contained the elements of a lie.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • John Dorsey slapped his meaty thigh, and bent forward whining inchoately, drooling slightly at the mouth.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • And he was never after able to see them touch each other with affection, without the same inchoate and choking humiliation: they were so used to the curse, the clamor, and the roughness, that any variation into tenderness came as a cruel affectation.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Below the thrust of Spring, the sharp knife, the voices of the young girls in the darkness, the sharp inchoate expectancies of youth, his deep desire burned inextinguishably: something turned him always to the older women.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • And thinking of Gant, she felt again an inchoate aching wonder, recalling the savage strife between them, and the great submerged struggle beneath, founded upon the hatred and the love of property, in which she did not doubt of her victory, but which baffled her, foiled her.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Then it was the Corps in a single voice thundering a message of violent condolence, of inchoate vengeance.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Murderous impotent, baffled—a maniacal anger against her groped for an outlet in him, sometimes exploding in a wild inchoate scream.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • A white atom of inchoate fury would burst in him like a rocket, and for a moment he would be cursing mad.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He heard the wild tongueless cries of desire, the inchoate ecstasy that knows no gateway of release.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He knew the inchoate sharp excitement of hot dandelions in young Spring grass at noon; the smell of cellars, cobwebs, and built-on secret earth; in July, of watermelons bedded in sweet hay, inside a farmer’s covered wagon; of cantaloupe and crated peaches; and the scent of orange rind, bittersweet, before a fire of coals.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I like to think of the city shaping this agitated, misplaced soldier, keening his passion for shade, trimming the soft edges of his nightmare, harshening his poisons and his metaphors, deepening his intimacy with the sunless wastes that issued forth from his kingdom of nightmare in blazing islands, still inchoate and unformed, of the English language.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • In the palatial bathroom which I later had need to visit, there was a replica of this little piece of polymer resin (for of such, Mr. Field told me, it was made) framed behind glass and hanging on a wall, and I bemusedly gazed at it for long moments, thinking of the unnumbered legions of Japs and Krauts that had been blasted into the sweet by-and-by by grace of its existence, fashioned out of black inchoate gunk in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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