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  • Like his lesser satellites, over the years Tom-Carl had assumed an ill-fitting air of respectability and did not care to be reminded of his nefarious beginnings.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I wondered if I’d become so nefarious come October, I’d be some frat boy’s tasteless Halloween costume: mop of blond hair, an Amazing Amy book tucked under an armpit.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She trusted Kalden, and couldn’t believe he had any nefarious intentions.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Whatever nefarious end the wights are seeking," Addison said, "it’s clear that they need all the ymbrynes to accomplish it.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Each plane failed for a different reason, and none of them indicate any pattern of sabotage or nefarious activity.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • He was stopped before he could do something more nefarious.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • What she had made was called a grappling hook, which is something used for climbing up the sides of buildings, usually for a nefarious purpose.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • "It’s also said Sean na Sagart, who was a nefarious priest hunter, is buried in the cemetery here.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The Criminal Element spoke often, and passionately, about the nefarious activities that every human being is capable of.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Frau Diller was a sharp-edged woman with fat glasses and a nefarious glare.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • Come, my faux juggernaut, my nefarious loins!
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "Are you two boys plotting something nefarious?" Quentin was frightened into honesty.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • His Holiness was the most nefarious deceiver the church had ever seen.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Even the doctor’s and Ian’s casual chatter seemed like a cover for some nefarious move.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • You see, my dear, I was engaged in some of my nefarious schemes here during the war and these people have devilish long memories!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Words like: viscous, impunity, paroxysm, unctuous, nefarious, onanistic, perfidious, lugubrious.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • All the time we thought he was the model youth that anybody couldtrust a daughter with,until the police showed him up at his nefarious work.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • These methods are when, either by some wicked or nefarious ways, one ascends to the principality, or when by the favour of his fellow-citizens a private person becomes the prince of his country.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Master Lenehan at this made return that he had heard of those nefarious deeds and how, as he heard hereof counted, he had besmirched the lily virtue of a confiding female which was corruption of minors and they all intershowed it too, waxing merry and toasting to his fathership.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • His reputation was ruined; racing officials tailed him around after his reinstatement, trying to catch him in some nefarious act.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Desolate, however, as it was, this was the apartment of the castle which had been judged most fitting for the accommodation of the Saxon heiress; and here she was left to meditate upon her fate, until the actors in this nefarious drama had arranged the several parts which each of them was to perform.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • However, because of Goldfarb’s other efforts on behalf of the kgb agent, rumors were swirling around everyone who worked in the tb project, rumors that they were really spies against the motherland, part of a nefarious plot in which the patients were serving as fronts.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Trying to recover here, for recognition, the germ of my idea, I see that it must have consisted not at all in any conceit of a "plot," nefarious name, in any flash, upon the fancy, of a set of relations, or in any one of those situations that, by a logic of their own, immediately fall, for the fabulist, into movement, into a march or a rush, a patter of quick steps; but altogether in the sense of a single character, the character and aspect of a particular engaging young woman, to…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • To nefarious practices, to illegalities, small and large, to the criminal mind.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Kells must not use her for his nefarious schemes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • He has no certain knowledge of anything nefarious.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • One, that our memories were altered against our will and we are the pawns of some nefarious entity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • A demon was reflected in its surface, a nefarious thing with curling horns and a cruel, pitiless face.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • It was solely due to the darkness of their skin that Mr. Gedney immediately presumed them as property, as slaves and criminals who were perpetrating nefarious acts.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • But locating such a nefarious viewing platform as the mouth of a dead beast, and another allowing study of a woman’s toilet habits-and both directed at our dear guestsfilled me with anger.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • She told Aunt Mary—I think I read this too, nefariously, in some letter in a blotting book, she could only be neat and tidy now; she was to float us on the life of love ; to launch us out on the ordinary woman’s life that promised such treasures.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Later, Dad looked up the Manichaeans in the encyclopedia and discovered that, contrary to what Max claimed, the Manichaeans believed that the world and all matter were created by nefarious forces, and that the only way to battle them was through asceticism and a pure life.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Trying to recover here, for recognition, the germ of my idea, I see that it must have consisted not at all in any conceit of a "plot," nefarious name, in any flash, upon the fancy, of a set of relations, or in any one of those situations that, by a logic of their own, immediately fall, for the fabulist, into movement, into a march or a rush, a patter of quick steps; but altogether in the sense of a single character, the character and aspect of a particular engaging young woman, to…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I don’t say that Mr. Bulstrode has been guilty of shameful acts, but I call upon him either publicly to deny and confute the scandalous statements made against him by a man now dead, and who died in his house—the statement that he was for many years engaged in nefarious practices, and that he won his fortune by dishonest procedures—or else to withdraw from positions which could only have been allowed him as a gentleman among gentlemen."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Besides that, he understood what nefarious meant.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The U.S. has no purely nefarious motives, right?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We assume they’re doing something nefarious.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
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  • And now, thus unexpectedly, I found myself joining the nefarious conspiracy.
    le Gallienne, Richard  --  The Quest of the Golden Girl
  • What if the Big Bwana, as the head-man called him, had surprised "Hanson" in his nefarious work.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Son Of Tarzan
  • We therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in us by Almighty God do command that you cease these nefarious practices-
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Outlaw of Torn
  • He had been very successful in tracking and breaking up certain nefarious secret societies amongst the natives.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • The truth is that I was entering into our nefarious undertaking with an involuntary zeal of which I was myself quite unconscious at the time.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  The Amateur Cracksman
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