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  • They purport to support the legislation out of concern for the environment, but I suspect profit is their primary motive.
  • They purport that the poll is unbiased and shows that Americans who are acquainted with the facts support the legislation.
  • The letter purports to express people’s opinion
  • "If it’s any comfort to you, Mrs. Wexler," Judge Ford remarked with biting dignity, "I am just as appalled by our purported relationship."
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game

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  • A key element in this purported plot were migrant children.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • And how do I know she is what she purports to be?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • From someone purporting to be your attorney out there, requesting a transfer of funds.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It purported to be from a woman I had met at a certain summer resort two or three years ago.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I should not have understood the purport of this book had not Felix, in reading it, given very minute explanations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And therefore we purported not to know about it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • Neither his brief consideration, nor its purport, was lost on his companion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • You can hardly doubt the purport of my discourse, however your natural delicacy may lead you to dissemble; my attentions have been too marked to be mistaken.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • McCandless’s apparent sexual innocence, however, is a corollary of a personality type that our culture purports to admire, at least in the case of its more famous adherents.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Then, suddenly realising the full purport of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The feeling that it so evidently manifested, rather than the direct purport of the words, caused it to vibrate within all hearts, and brought the listeners into one accord of sympathy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Although the sermon was purported to be addressed to us, he used the occasion to speak to backsliders, gamblers and general ne’er-do-wells.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Now, by all odds, the most ancient extant portrait anyways purporting to be the whale’s, is to be found in the famous cavern-pagoda of Elephanta, in India.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The justification of sacrifice, that your morality propounds, is more corrupt than the corruption it purports to justify.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The whole purport of his remarks now was evidently to exalt himself and insult Alexander—just what he had least desired at the commencement of the interview.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Being at liberty, I lost no time in seeking the old servant; who, having gathered by degrees the purport of my hasty tale, hurried below, gasping, as he descended the steps two at once.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The Doctor occupied two floors of a large stiff house, where several callings purported to be pursued by day, but whereof little was audible any day, and which was shunned by all of them at night.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I certainly have been misunderstanding you, if you feel in doubt as to the purport of your answer.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • And now this proclamation of today Made by our Captain-General to the State, What can its purport be?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The signatures to this instrument purporting to be executed by Mr. W. and attested by Wilkins Micawber, are forgeries by — HEEP.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The Orders for deportation purport to be based on alleged requests to be sent to Japan.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Duncan, who interpreted this speech to express a wish for some additional pledge that the promised gifts should not be withheld, slowly and reluctantly repaired to the place where the sisters were now resting from their fatigue, to communicate its purport to Cora.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Pravdin was a well-known Panslavist abroad, and Countess Lidia Ivanovna described the purport of his letter.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Such is the general purport of this legendary superstition, which has furnished materials for many a wild story in that region of shadows; and the spectre is known at all the country firesides, by the name of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Ho! aged sire, whose venerable locks Proclaim thee spokesman of this company, Explain your mood and purport.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • You wrote to him-a typed letter purporting to be from the same firm offering him a good salary and commission.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Differing accounts were given of its history and purport.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The six concluding lines I remember, though I have forgotten the two first of the stanza; but the purport of them was, that his censures proceeded from good-will, and, therefore, he would be known to be the author.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • But the occasional frank air and pleasant word went for what they purported to be, the young sailor never having heard as yet of the "too fair-spoken man."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Suddenly he made a particularly vehement pronouncement, the purport of which eluded Nicole, but she saw the young woman turn dark and sinewy, and heard her answer sharply: "After all a chep’s a chep and a chum’s a chum."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • From this mood, too, he partially rallied for an instant, and looked at Hepzibah with a smile, the keen, half-derisory purport of which was a puzzle to her.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Like her son-in-law they misunderstood her: the Conde delighted in her letters, but he thought that when he: had enjoyed the style he had extracted all their richness and intention, missing (as most readers do) the whole purport of literature, which is the notation of the heart.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The purport of Cedric’s speech was repeated to him in French.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Their relations were peaceable enough, being on the son’s part a cold, humorless, automatically respectful reserve, and on the father’s a bluff, direct, coarsely vivid humor which lacked less of purport than wit.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • But after a while, I received a reply, which purported to be written by her younger brother.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Capitulation—that was the purport of the simple reply, guarded as it was—capitulation, unknown to herself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She purports to have no memory of the murders; or at least of the Montgomery woman’s.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • And he put one hand in his breast and stood upright in a martial attitude as I informed little Miss Flite, in her ear, of the purport of his kind errand.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Marguerite, impulsive, thoughtless, not calculating the purport of her words, still smarting under the terrible insult her brother had suffered at the Marquis’ hands, happened to hear—amongst her own coterie—that the St. Cyrs were in treasonable correspondence with Austria, hoping to obtain the Emperor’s support to quell the growing revolution in their own country.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It doesn’t purport to tell everything about nu shu or explain all its nuances.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The words of Anselmo struck Lothario with astonishment, unable as he was to conjecture the purport of such a lengthy preamble; and though be strove to imagine what desire it could be that so troubled his friend, his conjectures were all far from the truth, and to relieve the anxiety which this perplexity was causing him, he told him he was doing a flagrant injustice to their great friendship in seeking circuitous methods of confiding to him his most hidden thoughts, for he well knew he…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • We hereby certify that the vinegar in this bottle is warranted to be of the nature and quality which it purports to be.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Then he and Hurry pursued the subject; but, as the purport of all that was material in this discourse will appear in the narrative, it need not be related here in detail.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • And Edmund, silenced, was obliged to acknowledge that the charm of acting might well carry fascination to the mind of genius; and with the ingenuity of love, to dwell more on the obliging, accommodating purport of the message than on anything else.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • It was a tall lean shabby structure, three stories of yellow-streaked wood, the corners covered with sanded pine slabs purporting to symbolize stone.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But if someone else were to produce a thesis which purported to be a major breakthrough between Eastern and Western philosophy, between religious mysticism and scientific positivism, he would think it of major historic importance, a thesis which would place the University miles ahead.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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