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  • the noisome atmosphere of the Nairobi slum
  • The body was found in shallow noisome water.
  • The vapor from this pool was extremely noisome, and tainted the air for a considerable distance.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • breath, and foul breath is noisome.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Much Ado about Nothing

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  • I will find means to protect him from the swarms of noisome flies that prey on the bodies of men who have been killed in battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Quiet, primate and completely secret except for the noisome cologne signal that thrilled the rabbits before it confused them.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • To look at him anyone would have supposed that he had passed the night in a noisome dungeon without food or water; but in reality he had been shut up in quite a comfortable room and provided with an excellent supper.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • One of the most noisome and notorious prisons of the period, it was famous for filth, crime, disease, and darkness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His blind and aged father and his gentle sister lay in a noisome dungeon while he enjoyed the free air and the society of her whom he loved.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The doctor and valet lifted the cloak with which he was covered and, making wry faces at the noisome smell of mortifying flesh that came from the wound, began examining that dreadful place.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • Extraordinary how soon the noisome flavour of imprisoned sleep, becomes manifest in all such places that are ill cared for!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Within that noisome den from which I had emerged I had thought with a narrow intensity only of our immediate security.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • No long course it hath before it finds a plain, on which it spreads, and makes a marsh, and is wont in summer sometimes to be noisome.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • "What you propose is horrible, Chauvelin," she said, drawing away from him as from some noisome insect.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Mists curled and smoked from dark and noisome pools.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • They are, in the language of the slave’s poet, Whittier,— "Gone, gone, sold and gone To the rice swamp dank and lone, Where the slave-whip ceaseless swings, Where the noisome insect stings, Where the fever-demon strews Poison with the falling dews, Where the sickly sunbeams glare Through the hot and misty air:— Gone, gone, sold and gone To the rice swamp dank and lone, From Virginia hills and waters— Woe is me, my stolen daughters!"
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • On this festival, the servants drive a herd of Yahoos into the field, laden with hay, and oats, and milk, for a repast to the Houyhnhnms; after which, these brutes are immediately driven back again, for fear of being noisome to the assembly.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Would you have famine bite me with its jaws which are gaping in front of me, blacker, deeper, and more noisome than a Tartarus or the nose of a monk?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Then they broke the evil bridge and set red flames in the noisome fields and departed.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkissed.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • It would naturally have been impossible in that noisome cavern of a jail, with its mangy crowd of drunken, quarrelsome, and song-singing rapscallions.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • CHAPTER XL A STRANGE INTERVIEW, WHICH IS A SEQUEL TO THE LAST CHAMBER The girl’s life had been squandered in the streets, and among the most noisome of the stews and dens of London, but there was something of the woman’s original nature left in her still; and when she heard a light step approaching the door opposite to that by which she had entered, and thought of the wide contrast which the small room would in another moment contain, she felt burdened with the sense of her own deep…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ’A little noisome,’ he remarked.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • By the noisome ways through which they descended into that pit, they gradually emerge from it, the crowd flitting, and whistling, and skulking about them until they come to the verge, where restoration of the bull’s-eyes is made to Darby.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Every sense of the flesh is tortured and every faculty of the soul therewith: the eyes with impenetrable utter darkness, the nose with noisome odours, the ears with yells and howls and execrations, the taste with foul matter, leprous corruption, nameless suffocating filth, the touch with redhot goads and spikes, with cruel tongues of flame.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Immediately a place Before his eyes appeared, sad, noisome, dark; A lazar-house it seemed; wherein were laid Numbers of all diseased; all maladies Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms Of heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds, Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhs, Intestine stone and ulcer, colick-pangs, Demoniack phrenzy, moaping melancholy, And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy, Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence, Dropsies, and asthmas, and joint-racking rheums.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • This food provision was generally circumvented by putting a property sandwich in the middle of each table, an old desiccated ruin of dust-laden bread and mummified ham or cheese which only the drunkest yokel from the sticks ever regarded as anything but a noisome table decoration.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • …unvarying round; how youth and beauty died, and ugly griping age lived tottering on; how crafty avarice grew rich, and manly honest hearts were poor and sad; how few they were who tenanted the stately houses, and how many of those who lay in noisome pens, or rose each day and laid them down each night, and lived and died, father and son, mother and child, race upon race, and generation upon generation, without a home to shelter them or the energies of one single man directed to their…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Not to kill me, but to bow down before me and to finally put an end to this noisome rebellion.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • Lacking indoor toilets, they had to empty, scour, and fumigate each morning the noisome slop jars which sat in bedrooms during the night.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • If the dank atmosphere of Amsterdam had been the cause of his first terrible collapse, so the noisome air of Paris had laid him low the second time.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Civilization did not rise and flourish as men hammered out hunting scenes on bronze gates and whispered philosophy under the stars, with garbage as a noisome offshoot, swept away and forgotten.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • In that markettown, where people came and went without deep ties one to another, to be pilloried was to he a target of rotten fruit or fish heads or any noisome thing the mob could lay a hand to.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • He would settle down at it with his papers, exactly as he settled down at his desk in the Municipal Office, and wave each completed sheet to dry the ink in the warm air, noisome with disinfectants and the disease itself.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I remembered all these stories while, wiping his matted lump of a beard with a livid hand, he was telling me from his noisome couch how he got round, got in, got home, on that confounded, immaculate, don’t-you-touch-me sort of fellow.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It is no pleasant picture I can conjure up of myself, Humphrey Van Weyden, in that noisome ship’s galley, crouched in a corner over my task, my face raised to the face of the creature about to strike me, my lips lifted and snarling like a dog’s, my eyes gleaming with fear and helplessness and the courage that comes of fear and helplessness.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Gravisca, noisome from the neighb’ring fen, And his own Caere, sent three hundred men; With those which Minio’s fields and Pyrgi gave, All bred in arms, unanimous, and brave.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • There was a faint hiss, a noisome smell went up, the lights flickered and danced and swirled.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • For cold they seemed to Sam after the noisome darkness behind; but the breath of them revived him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Often they floundered, stepping or falling hands-first into waters as noisome as a cesspool, till they were slimed and fouled almost up to their necks and stank in one another’s nostrils.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • I have confessed to you that my memory is short, but the thought certainly lingered in my mind that, at the time of the Marquis’ death, I entreated you for an explanation of those same noisome popular rumours.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It grows sickly, the city noisome.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Then his eyes shone with a green-white light, reflecting the noisome Morgul-sheen perhaps, or kindled by some answering mood within.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Paler indeed than the moon ailing in some slow eclipse was the light of it now, wavering and blowing like a noisome exhalation of decay, a corpse-light, a light that illuminated nothing.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • North amid their noisome pits lay the first of the great heaps and hills of slag and broken rock and blasted earth, the vomit of the maggot-folk of Mordor; but south and now near loomed the great rampart of Cirith Gorgor, and the Black Gate amidmost, and the two Towers of the Teeth tall and dark upon either side.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Our ships are haul’d upon the yellow strand; The youth begin to till the labor’d land; And I myself new marriages promote, Give laws, and dwellings I divide by lot; When rising vapors choke the wholesome air, And blasts of noisome winds corrupt the year; The trees devouring caterpillars burn; Parch’d was the grass, and blighted was the corn: Nor ’scape the beasts; for Sirius, from on high, With pestilential heat infects the sky: My men— some fall, the rest in fevers fry.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Priest Corynaeus, arm’d his better hand, From his own altar, with a blazing brand; And, as Ebusus with a thund’ring pace Advanc’d to battle, dash’d it on his face: His bristly beard shines out with sudden fires; The crackling crop a noisome scent expires.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • One of the members for the affirmative offered several arguments of great strength and weight, alleging, "that as the Yahoos were the most filthy, noisome, and deformed animals which nature ever produced, so they were the most restive and indocible, mischievous and malicious; they would privately suck the teats of the Houyhnhnms’ cows, kill and devour their cats, trample down their oats and grass, if they were not continually watched, and commit a thousand other extravagancies."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • By hiding here I’ve heard all he proposed, And God in His goodness has guided me To confound this noisome bastard’s treachery, To discover a way to take my vengeance For his hypocrisy and insolence, To wake up my father, and to justly screw This scumbag who wants to make love to you.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
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