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  • She made some innocuous comments while being careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings.
  • Her comments were innocuous, but he quoted them out of context to make them appear sinister.
  • One little sip of this antidote would have rendered the most virulent poisons of the Borgias innocuous.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Mosses From An Old Manse and other stories
  • Send in the most innocuous person from Twelve they can come up with.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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  • In the fading light, the chain links look as innocuous as usual.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The terrace was peaceful and innocuous-looking in the sunshine.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Ogawa had always been an innocuous man, one of the few Japanese whom Louie had never had reason to fear.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • When he walked away, after a few dozen paces, a black book fell innocuously from his coat pocket without his knowledge.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Concerned that her foreign-sounding name might draw unwelcome attention from locals, Luma’s colleagues at the Mountaineer gave her an innocuous nickname:
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • If you saw it from a distance, the sinkhole seemed innocuous—like an overgrown mud puddle just starting to dry out.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • But a little later it was reminding her a good deal less of that innocuous function.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He had forgotten that the seemingly innocuous request of all European hotels to see a passport at check-in was more than a quaint formality—it was the law.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In a letter to the editor of Science, one of them warned, "When we are prevented from attempting seemingly innocuous studies of cancer behavior in humans we may mark 1966 as the year in which all medical progress ceased."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • With ... Hal swearing innocuously ... they staggered into John Thornton’s camp
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • ...from a great Niagara of reading matter to a mere innocuous dripping of...
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The only other address I had was the innocuous box number which people used who didn’t want to advertise the fact they lived in an asylum.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • My mind had raced with awful possibilities, picturing her dead on the highway, but the truth was actually much more innocuous.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • "You . . . you haven’t seen Mom in years."
    "That’s not true," she said simply, as if I’d told her the wrong time, something that innocuous.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • This celebrated statesman was carrying on an innocuous conversation while his mind was riveted on an entirely different subject.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Not once, however, had he been able to listen to anything of substance; whenever he had picked up the phone, serious conversation had been replaced by innocuous banter.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • We are inside a Denny’s. Unremarkable but adequate lighting; expressionless decor and dinnerware; floor plan designed to the last detail by management engineers; innocuous background music at low volume; staff meticulously trained to deal with customers by the book:
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • During the extremely innocuous and very friendly conference,
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The great words flutter innocuously to the courtroom floor.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • What am I, innocuous?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • For there was one last letter, this one in code, seemingly innocuous in its babbling about hunting and the tedium of life in Niagara.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Conscious of Astaroth’s prohibitions, Max allowed himself no books but took one innocuous paper—a private note that...
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Her mind was a store-house of innocuous anecdote
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • It is, no doubt, impossible to prevent his praying for his mother, but we have means of rendering the prayers innocuous.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • TO LEVEL II. It was an innocuous, straightforward, almost mundane sign. Hall had expected something more—perhaps a stern guard with a machine gun or a sentry to check passes.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • I read through the night the story of a native-born Southerner, a man who had tried to follow the crowd, who ran an innocuous little newspaper, The Petal Paper, glad-handed, joined the local civic clubs and kept himself in line with "popular opinion," which meant "popular prejudice," ... in a Christian and 100 percent American fairplay manner, of course.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Walking closer to the camera, though, was an innocuous-enough seeming man of about fifty, glowing red from head to toe.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I slapped it onto the huge, previously innocuous but now disgusting foot-long phallus.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • They could find ways to make something actually very deadly look entirely innocuous.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Much of the music has the mid-eighties feel of the Beverly Hills Cop sound track—squeaky blips, pops, and bright, punchy rhythms—but by the fifth or sixth repeat of the music, it fades innocuously into the background.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Such an innocuous misunderstanding, she later observed to me, was actually a crucial piece in the finally assembled little mosaic which resolved itself as the portrait of her meeting with Nathan.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My Internet research had turned up nothing on Lucius Reeve apart from a few innocuous mentions in the society pages, not even a Harvard or Harvard Club affiliation, nothing but a respectable Fifth Avenue address.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Colic, perhaps, or some other innocuous ailment.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There were occasions when he let insults pass unnoticed; there were occasions when he broke a man for an innocuous remark.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That which overwhelmed Othello glides innocuous over Candide.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But every time she brought up the subject, Melanie deftly steered the conversation into other and innocuous channels.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He hunched over the innocuous little books, his crystal radio and balsa glider on the shelf above him, as though his life depended on learning to read.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • For Sylvie, the church had always been an innocuous entity . a place of fellowship and introspection . sometimes just a place to sing out loud without people staring at her.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • His manner is mild, his hands large, with thick fingers and acquisitive thumbs, his blue eyes uncommunicative, falsely innocuous.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • To my oxygen-depleted mind, the clouds drifting up the grand valley of ice known as the Western Cum* looked innocuous, wispy, insubstantial.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Normally, something innocuous had tripped the house alarm, and she would use her override keys to reset it.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Yes, or to make them innocuous.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • He had lived innocuously for a little while and then had gone down in flame over Ferrara on the seventh day, while God was resting, when McWatt turned and Yossarian guided him in over the target on a second bomb run because Aarfy was confused and Yossarian had been unable to drop his bombs the first time.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It took her a moment to remember that the innocuously courteous figure she saw bowing to her with a standard smile of welcome was the assistant manager of the apartment house.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In this particular case, however mechanical and innocuous it might be at other times, Hepzibah’s contortion of brow served her in good stead.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It had become an innocuous truism.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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