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  • She speaks from the business, rather than the political, lexicon.
  • They are brutal, hardened; mercy is not in their lexicon.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The greatest of all sins in his administrative lexicon was for someone far beneath him in rank to catapult over a series of links in the sacred chain to confront him or even worse, unspeakably, to present a complaint to the school board.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Ever threatening at the margin of her consciousness were the shape and shadow, the apparition of the camp—the very name of which she had all but rejected from her private lexicon, and seldom used or thought of, and which she knew she could allow to trespass upon memory only at the danger of her losing—which is to say taking—her life.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • "Mortally: after all, it’s tough work fagging away at a language with no master but a lexicon."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "A stunning blow from the big Greek lexicon, which an old fellow in a black gown fired at him," said Ned.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Save that one for the Annie Wilkes lexicon in your memoirs , if you ever get a chance to write your memoirs, that is.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • There it was that he had grown up, on the missal and the lexicon.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • In the lexicon of youth .
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had been a sailor and a sinner (two terms that were synonymous in Momma’s lexicon), a great blasphemer, a laugher in the face of the Almighty.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie

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  • I was sorry, or what went for sorry in my lexicon.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • This was the outfit that introduced "gung ho!" into the American fighting lexicon.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • And, indeed, if that lexicon which is based on Holy Writ were any longer popular, one might with less difficulty define and denominate certain phenomenal men.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I have counted scores of terms like that one in his lexicon, which was also the lexicon of pih.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But the revolutions round the table became more and more irregular in their sweep, till at last reaching Mr. Stelling’s reading stand, they sent it thundering down with its heavy lexicons to the floor.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • If I were to make a record of all Sabina and Franz’s conversations, I could compile a long lexicon of their misunderstandings.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • In Jason Bourne’s lexicon these were weapons, especially the money.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • She speaks the hard-edged lexicon of bygone tourists itchy to throw dice on green felt or asphalt.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • The Four Kingdoms of Blys, Jakarun, Zenuvia, and Dun had not only entered the lexicon, but had been woven into the fabric of daily life.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Whatever came out of the untutored mouths and unsharpened pencil stubs of the people—sorry, The People—was held legitimate if not sacrosanct by those new lexicon artists.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • There were words prohibited by military decree, such as the word "companero," and others that could not be mentioned even though no edict had swept them from the lexicon, such as "freedom,"
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • His contribution to Sociological Pathology, a lexicon of all the works of literature with human suffering for their theme, had come to a standstill, had stagnated, and the league waited in vain for that particular volume of their encyclopedia.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • On it stood open my Greek lexicon; some Greek play or other; many little bottles of ink, pens innumerable; and probably hidden under blotting paper, sheets of foolscap covered with private writing in a hand so small and twisted as to be a family joke.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Many of the play’s screwball terms, like "sockdologizing" and "Dundrearyisms" (named for the befuddled character Lord Dun-dreary), have become part of the cultural lexicon, and several spinoff plays featuring characters from the show have been written and performed.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more incidents or adventures in the world.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • No courses; looks up many things in Knaur’s Encyclopedia and Lexicon; likes to read detective stories, medical books and love stories, exciting or trivial.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Because someone might think you’re racistCaucasian is the oppressor group," says Kim Sherman, quickly picking up the multicultural lexicon.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It may be that the term stuck, entered the language and the lexicon at that time.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • It may be that the term stuck, entered the language and the lexicon at that time.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • An ancient Hawaiian war-club or spear-paddle, in its full multiplicity and elaboration of carving, is as great a trophy of human perseverance as a Latin lexicon.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • One of the young aces, Jayk Goff, demonstrated some of the most challenging tricks while making comments in the snowboarders’ whole new lexicon.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I have counted scores of terms like that one in his lexicon, which was also the lexicon of pih.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • You account for it by what you call will-power, a term not yet included in the lexicon of science.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • It may be that the term stuck, entered the language and the lexicon at that time.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • And if unearthly love must (for theological reasons) contain a strong dose of the inexplicable and incomprehensible (we have only to recall the dictionary of misunderstood words and the long lexicon of misunderstandings!), his earthly love rested on true understanding.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • When he was sure she was really gone a not hanging around to see if he was going to ’get up to didoes’ (another Wilkesism for his growing lexicon), he rolled the wheelchair over to the bed and got the pins, along with the pitcher of water and the box of Kleenex from the night-table.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • And here be it said, that whenever it has been convenient to consult one in the course of these dissertations, I have invariably used a huge quarto edition of Johnson, expressly purchased for that purpose; because that famous lexicographer’s uncommon personal bulk more fitted him to compile a lexicon to be used by a whale author like me.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Out of this new diversity has sprung a lexicon of new terms: Transgender—An umbrella term to encompass many forms of behavior, including transsexuals, transvestites, drag queens, drag kings, cross-dressers, female illusionists, gender benders, gender queens—although not limited to those definitions, and not all of those people want to be called transgender.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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