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  • The derivation is undeniable if you accept the rules of logic.
  • But I do not approve of this derivation, which seems to be a little strained.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • This word critic is of Greek derivation, and signifies judgment.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • The words of which they were made up could be any parts of speech, and could be placed in any order and mutilated in any way which made them easy to pronounce while indicating their derivation.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • As we covered each postulate and theorem, it soon became clear that Dorothy actually understood their derivations better than I did.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • But I do not approve of this derivation, which seems to be a little strained.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The derivations of words, curious usages.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Our breakfast consisted of several dishes whose contents were all supplied by the sea, and some foods whose nature and derivation were unknown to me.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was strange in the sense that he could discover neither derivation nor motivation nor explanation for it.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • They were waiting for something to stir in the dead city, some gray form to rise, some ancient, ancestral shape to come galloping across the vacant sea bottom on an ancient, armored steel of impossible lineage, of unbelievable derivation.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles

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  • I hated mayonnaise, and any derivation thereof: egg salad, tuna salad, even deviled eggs.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • When I asked him if he could do without money, he showed the convenience of money in such a way as to suggest and coincide with the most philosophical accounts of the origin of this institution, and the very derivation of the word pecunia.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "Frankly," I said, "I’m a little curious about the derivation of all this."
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • The second argument, is from the nature of Monarchy; wherein all Authority is in one Man, and in others by derivation from him: But the Government of the Church, he says, is Monarchicall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • His great round head, set as it was on a small-limbed and squattish body, gave him the look of a primitive clay figurine, some household idol of obscure and cultic derivation.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • This word critic is of Greek derivation, and signifies judgment.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And if my language offends you, sir, look up the derivation of the offending word.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I believe that they were a colony of the Greeks; for though their language comes nearer the Persian, yet they retain many names, both for their towns and magistrates, that are of Greek derivation.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • The opinion of the Yard was divided respecting the derivation of its name.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The derivation of /poker/, which came into American from California in the days of the gold rush, has puzzled etymologists.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Terry croaked, "Don’t trust math too much, son," and he so confused him with references to the thermo-dynamical derivation of the mass action law, and to the oxidation reduction potential, that he stumbled again into raging humility, again saw himself an impostor and a tenth-rater.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I believe in barbecue in all its regional derivations, in its ethnic translations, in forms that range from white-tablecloth presentations of cunningly sauced costillas, to Chinese take-out spareribs that stain your fingers red, to the most authentic product of the tar-paper rib shacks of the Deep South.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • As we finished Chapter One last THE HOG WARTS HIGH INQUISITOR lesson, I would like you all to turn to page nineteen today and commence "Chapter Two, Common Defensive Theories and their Derivation".
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Recipe’ is a modern derivation."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Derivation?
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Words and phrases of purely American derivation, embracing words originating in: a. Indian and aboriginal life. b. Pioneer and frontier life. c. The church. d. Politics. e. Trades of all kinds. f. Travel, afloat and ashore.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The name of every organization, or body of people, or doctrine, or country, or institution, or public building, was invariably cut down into the familiar shape; that is, a single easily pronounced word with the smallest number of syllables that would preserve the original derivation.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • …work if he Father could supportfive or six niggers that did nothing at all but sit with their feet in the oven he certainly could board and lodge Uncle Maurynow and then and lend him alittle money who kept his Father’sbelief in the celestial derivation ofhis own species at such a fine heat then Mother would cry and say that Father believed his people were better than hers that he was ridiculing UncleMaury to teachus the same thing she couldn’t see that Father was teaching us thatall…
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
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