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  • an inept remark
  • inept handling of the account
  • they were bumbling, inept savages,
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Partly because Lord Naito was an inept egomaniac.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • Abby passed her to Red, who made a big show of dismay and ineptness but later was caught pressing his nose to her downy head, drawing in a long deep breath of baby smell.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Shop really isn’t so bad, either, even if it does make me feel inept and useless most of the time.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Hoss’s thought process, far from inept, was also as exhaustive and as unimaginatively single-minded as the snout of an anteater and brooked few deviations.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I think these drawings are inept: I can do much better now.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Alec went on for several minutes, accusing his assistant at length of clumsiness, idleness, stupidity, and general ineptitude.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • …leave me alone, my mother dead on a marble floor, stop it stop it, muttering aloud to myself in elevators, in cabs, leave me alone, I want to die, a cold, intelligent, self-immolating fury that had —more than once driven me upstairs in a resolute fog to swallow indiscriminate combos of whatever booze and pills I happened to have on hand: only tolerance and ineptitude that I’d botched it, unpleasantly surprised when I woke up though relieved for Hobie that he hadn’t had to find me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Shocking, really, that a romance novelist could be so inept at the language of the heart.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • CHEEVER, ineptly reaching toward Elizabeth: No, no, I am forbid to leave her from my sight.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He’d doubted it until now, wondered how the Runners could be so inept.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • This had not been a fair fight, even though they had won. the teachers had meant them to lose, and it was only Bonzo’s ineptitude that had saved them.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • He wondered why ineptitude should exist and have its say.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Phil’s crew spent the day sitting in the rain, watching several albatrosses make comically inept attempts at landing on the flooded runway.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I press my lips together at the memories of rain dripping through stones, my inept attempts at flirting, and the aroma of my favorite Capitol dish in the chilly air.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Still tut-tutting about dangerous sports and inept teachers, Madam Pomfrey re treated, leaving Ron and Hermione to help Harry gulp down some water.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Luckily for Milkman, she had proved, so far, to be the world’s most inept killer.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • All I want to say is that when you stop being delusional and start feeling desperate because you’re too inept to figure this out on your own, you know who to come to.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • She had drunk a quantity of champagne, and during the course of her song she had decided, ineptly, that everything was very, very sad — she was not only singing, she was weeping too.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It made him proud to observe that twenty-nine months in the service had not blunted his genius for ineptitude.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Whatever Zaphod’s qualities of mind might include—dash, bravado, conceit— he was mechanically inept and could easily blow the ship up with an extravagant gesture.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I see Pollux made it through, so I suppose you aren’t completely inept.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • THE BYSTANDER [inept at definition] It’s a—well, it’s a copper’s nark, as you might say.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Partly it was common sense: if inept users locked up the system-and then called you for help-you always had a way to get in and repair the mess.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • But I thought of the Seeker’s skeptical face, her bulging eyes bright with suspicion, and knew my inept attempts at subterfuge would fail.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • They were bewildered, unhappy children-he thought-all of them, even his mother, and he was foolish to resent their ineptitude; it came from their helplessness, not from malice.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Still, Laila could not shake the feeling that at one time, before Ahmad and Noor had gone to war against the Soviets-before Babi hadlet them go to war-Mammy too had thought Babi’s bookishness endearing, that, once upon a time, she too had found his forget fulness and ineptitude charming.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • This stupid repetition was too incongruous in its ineptitude with the serious, brooding and enigmatic glance he turned upon his visitor.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • To Hawat, they appeared to be Fremen, but a curiously inept band.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I doubted if awkward, self-conscious, and inept added up todesirable in anyone’s book.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • And yet, he’d been called by the NBC affiliate out of Burlington-a morning news show he sometimes watched over a bowl of cereal for the sheer glee of seeing how often the inept newscasters screwed up.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He had long been outside of the world of simple desires and their fulfillments, and he was inept and uncertain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • If I were betrayed as he was, I would console myself; but to be in the midst of persons elevated by myself to places of honor, who ought to watch over me more carefully than over themselves,—for my fortune is theirs—before me they were nothing—after me they will be nothing, and perish miserably from incapacity—ineptitude!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This second sort is hard to write without seeming (a) quaint, (b) squeamish, (c) hugely embarrassed, (d) inept.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Working without a single hard fact, islanders drew a variety of conclusions: pilot error, pilot inexperience, misread charts, crossed signals, fog, wind, tide, ineptitude.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Confirming her social ineptitude yet again, his former colleague had chosen the Redskins game as a perfect moment to chat him up and request a favor.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • In feudal times an ineptness with sword and spear headed a young man for the church: in the Hamilton family Joe’s inability properly to function at farm and forge headed him for a higher education.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He understood , now, finally , that he was a bit of a dullard at doing this trick, but it was the only one he knew, and if he always ended up doing it ineptly, he at least never failed to do it with love.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Cedric watches the party unfold, feeling the room’s pounding energy flow through him, while he tries to reconcile himself with crushing ineptness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Anger at her own ineptitude.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • It wasn’t ineptitude.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • If these two noticed Angel’s growing social ineptness, he noticed their growing mental limitations.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It is like a casting of fading bronze upon the pillow, the hands alone still with any semblance of life: a curled, gnarled ineptness; a spent yet alert quality from which weariness, exhaustion, travail has not yet departed, as though they doubted even yet the actuality of rest, guarding with horned and penurious alertness the cessation which they know cannot last.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The poor stayed poor and the upper class stayed rich under a succession of cruel, inept leaders.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • He made an inept and rather violent attempt to cross over to Franny’s collarbone.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Impatience and anger prompted him, however, to the most inept and incredible explanation of how he looked into his father’s window and how he respectfully withdrew.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He barely kept up with his training partners, lagging along behind with happy ineptitude.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • He feels inept, clumsy, as he tastes and smells her there, and yet he hears her whispering his name, telling him it feels wonderful.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
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