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  • For many African Americans, the use of wholly discretionary peremptory strikes to select a jury of twelve remained a serious barrier to serving on a jury.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I obeyed this peremptory order with hardly more than a twitch of subdued rebelliousness, for if I had learned anything during my years at the university it was that the scientific hierarchy requires a high standard of obedience, if not subservience, from its acolytes.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Hands," he said in a peremptory way.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But Charles Wallace held up his hand in a peremptory gesture.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Only this time silence reigned where there had once been the peremptory "yes, ma’ams."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He strode with the letter to the attic door, threw it open, and vanishing momentarily from Sophie’s sight, called down to the landing where his aide, Untersturmfuhrer Scheffler, waited for such peremptorily shouted commands.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There was a peremptory rap on the door behind me.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The reporter’s voice went back to a peremptory tone.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It clung to her with a tight insistence that seemed conscious, like the peremptory caress of a cat.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • ’Hold your tongue, sir!’ said Mr. Fang, peremptorily.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "Boy," he called in peremptory fashion.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • HIGGINS [peremptorily] Sit down.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Finally Stapleton turned upon his heel and beckoned in a peremptory way to his sister, who, after an irresolute glance at Sir Henry, walked off by the side of her brother.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "Bother!" said the man, peremptorily, turning to the girl; "you go right along, and curl yourself real smart!"
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • His first care was given to the child, whose cries, indeed, as she lay writhing on the trundle-bed, made it of peremptory necessity to postpone all other business to the task of soothing her.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • An officer’s peremptory tenor rang out and quickened the stiffened movement of the men.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • "Mr. Torrance," Ullman called peremptorily.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • If not, Diana could choose to use one of her peremptory strikes.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "You must pay on the spot," said the Thenardier, in her curt and peremptory fashion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So peremptorily did these shades beckon him, that each day mankind and the claims of mankind slipped farther from him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Next day Davout rode out early and, after asking Balashev to come to him, peremptorily requested him to remain there, to move on with the baggage train should orders come for it to move, and to talk to no one except Monsieur de Castres.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Stand by to receive your dog," was Scott’s peremptory order to Cherokee’s owner.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "Hush!" he said peremptorily, and instinctively once again looked towards the strangers.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Now he was peremptory, stern, frowning and for once laying aside all mystification.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "Jewel," Vernon says, not loud, but his voice going full and clear along the water, peremptory yet tactful.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • "What is all this?" demanded another voice peremptorily; and Mrs. Reed came along the corridor, her cap flying wide, her gown rustling stormily.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Scarlett submitted meekly to being carried toward the carriage and also to the peremptory manner in which Uncle Peter criticized her and Prissy.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A woman was indeed coming out on the sandbar, slipping and no doubt cursing to herself, for her lips went up and down between her clear, peremptory calls.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • This she says to the two women on the sofa, her usual peremptory rough-cut slapdash manner, and as usual she gets away with it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • "Let go," Rosemary said peremptorily.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • However much astonished I might be, I was sensible that I had no right to refuse compliance with such a peremptory command.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Dr. Stadler asked in the courteously peremptory tone of an order.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She cast an eye shrewdly on him as she said this last, and when he didn’t reply she tapped the spoon against the rim of the bowl in peremptory fashion.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He peremptorily denied for example, that any whale could so smite his stout sloop-of-war as to cause her to leak so much as a thimbleful.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "I can do so little—have I done it all well?" is the perpetually recurring thought; and there are no voices calling her away from that soliloquy, no peremptory demands to divert energy from vain regret or superfluous scruple.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He was disappointed as he heard the peremptory crunch of Corporal Whitcomb’s footsteps recede into silence.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Thomas Gradgrind, sir — peremptorily Thomas — Thomas Gradgrind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The general scarcity of everything, occasioned candles to be borrowed in a rather peremptory manner of Monsieur Gabelle; and in a moment of reluctance and hesitation on that functionary’s part, the mender of roads, once so submissive to authority, had remarked that carriages were good to make bonfires with, and that post-horses would roast.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • His erect position in itself started to drive the webs of suspicion from the dog’s mind; and when he spoke peremptorily, with the sound of whip-lashes in his voice, the dog rendered its customary allegiance and came to him.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • The first three remained constantly in a small waiting-room, ready to obey the summons of a small golden bell, or to receive the orders of the Romaic slave, who knew just enough French to be able to transmit her mistress’s wishes to the three other waiting-women; the latter had received most peremptory instructions from Monte Cristo to treat Haidee with all the deference they would observe to a queen.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mrs. Stannidge thereupon said with a considerate peremptoriness that she and her mother had better take their own suppers if they meant to have any.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He at first refus’d us peremptorily; but at dinner with his council, where there was great drinking of Madeira wine, as the custom of that place then was, he softened by degrees, and said he would lend us six.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • "Why has this been sent to my house?" he asked peremptorily, holding up the volume.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • VLADIMIR: Well you see— POZZO: (peremptory).
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • To-morrow be in readiness to go: Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • In the dark and empty hall, by itself, the telephone was shrilling fiercely, forlorn as an abandoned baby and even more peremptory to be quieted.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Is this what it’s like, abrupt, peremptory?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He has forbidden the match peremptorily, Dobbin thought.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Wait a little, Varvara!" cried her father, speaking peremptorily but looking at her quite approvingly.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
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