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  • She has an inordinate fear of spiders.
  • a book of inordinate length
  • Silence hangs over Blackcliff, and my voice seems inordinately loud.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It seemed to be taking an inordinate interest in them.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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  • Simon hid the fact that he was inordinately pleased by this.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • His easygoing manner contrasted sharply with that of the many arrogant frat guys she’d met up to that point, most of whom tended to drink inordinate amounts and painted letters on their bare chests whenever the Tarheels played Duke.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It also occurred to me that the people of Yamacraw spent an inordinate amount of time on docks fishing, socializing, and waiting for boats.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I had admired his journals inordinately, and had considered Gide’s probity and relentless self-dissection to be part of one of the truly triumphant feats of the civilized twentieth-century mind.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time standing in empty classrooms and offices (staring at the floor, nodding my head senselessly) with concerned teachers who asked me to stay after class or pulled me aside to talk.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • He wore a General Hood type beard of which he was inordinately vain.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • James, like his close buddy Shane, was another inordinately tough SEAL, a petty officer second class.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • —Every inordinate cup is unbless’d, and the ingredient is a devil.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • There were an inordinate number of photos of Holiday, and many a shot of my feet or the grass.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • They love her inordinately.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • His good looks and popularity had made him so inordinately conceited that they blinded him to that possibility.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • You have an inordinate amount of faith in your dog.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • He never used to swear, though, at his men, they said; but somehow he got an inordinate quantity of cruel, unmitigated hard work out of them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She worked swiftly, feeling inordinately clear-headed.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I should be more inclined to suspect you, Mr. MacQueen, if you displayed an inordinate sorrow at your employer’s decease.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The workmen’s discussions, he said, were too timorous; the interest they took in the question of wages was inordinate.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Our lamps cast a sort of brilliant twilight over the area, making inordinately long shadows on the seafloor.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Daisy was inordinately proud of the fact her husband was lighter than she was.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • They laughed, the Prince inordinately meanwhile clapping Tommy on the back.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • After the ladies had departed for the ball, whither all the entreaties of Madame de Villefort had failed in persuading him to accompany them, the procureur had shut himself up in his study, according to his custom, with a heap of papers calculated to alarm any one else, but which generally scarcely satisfied his inordinate desires.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mrs. Ockenden was a retired nurse who had just married her third husband-the other two died in curious circumstances-and she spent an inordinate amount of time peering from behind the starched white curtains of her windows.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Harry dawdled behind, taking an inordinate amount of time to do up his bag.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He was inordinately homely: the prettiest boot-stitcher of that day, Irma Boissy, enraged with his homeliness, pronounced sentence on him as follows: "Grantaire is impossible"; but Grantaire’s fatuity was not to be disconcerted.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was inordinately proud of them.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • It seemed to me that Dr Carlisle went on looking at me for an inordinate length of time.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • A most remarkable circumstance is, that I really don’t think he grasped this sum even so much for the gratification of his avarice, which was inordinate, as in the hatred he felt for Copperfield.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • We know of them, among other things, that they are always to their possessor, when inordinately possessed, a source of the liveliest enjoyment.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • And the retaliation is apt to be in monstrous disproportion to the supposed offence; for when in anybody was revenge in its exactions aught else but an inordinate usurer?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • And still the figure had no face by which he might know it; even in his dreams, it had no face, or one that baffled him and melted before his eyes; and thus it was that there sprang up and grew apace in the lawyer’s mind a singularly strong, almost an inordinate, curiosity to behold the features of the real Mr. Hyde.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Her father as it proved, had martyred his poor child to an inordinate desire for measuring his land by miles instead of acres.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • A pimply teenager wearing glasses with thick black frames examined the ticket for an inordinately long time before stammering out the total.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • The "new fellow" then took a supreme resolution, opened an inordinately large mouth, and shouted at the top of his voice as if calling someone in the word "Charbovari."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • You seem inordinately interested in him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Bert was inordinately proud of his skill with a rope, the men thought.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • ’She is virtuous, but an inordinate talker.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • We waited an inordinately long time for our lavash on this day, and I worried about Moody’s reaction.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Then shall all vain imaginations, evil perturbations, and superfluous cares fly away; then shall immoderate fear leave thee, and inordinate love shall die.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • This seems to give him an inordinate pleasure, and I must admit that I feel some myself, completely unjustified, when he says, "We’re getting a lot done."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He had a sharp crooked nose jutting out of a lean dancer’s face; his neatness gave an effect of inordinate ambition in the shabby city.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He got dressed by feel, listening in the dark to his brother’s calm breathing, the dry cough of his father in the next room, the asthma of the hens in the courtyard, the buzz of the mosquitoes, the beating of his heart, and the inordinate bustle of a world that he had not noticed until then, and he went out into the sleeping street.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "That looks like Mercurochrome to me," Ammu said, of his inordinately bright blood.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations; a finely moulded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy; hair of a more than web-like softness and tenuity; these features, with an inordinate expansion above the regions of the temple, made up altogether a countenance not easily to be forgotten.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • That wisdom, which seems to have been unavailable to Chaucer, or Dante, or Catullus, or Sophocles, or Shakespeare, or Dickens, is still with us, and, in 1969 it placed an inordinate burden on African American writers.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Being now provided with all the necessaries of life, I betook myself once again to study, and that with a more inordinate application than I had ever done formerly.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And, because of his infatuation and his weak overtures due to his inordinate fear of losing her, he would be forced to depart, usually in a dark and despondent mood.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
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