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rote -- as in: learned by rote
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  • She memorized her lesson by rote, but never really understood it.
  • "They will get used to it," the soldier said as if the words were rote in his mouth.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The missions, the rote viciousness, will wear me down until there’s nothing left of the boy the Augurs stole fourteen years ago.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The Fatigue had been almost rote in her answer—like giving a sound bite to a reporter.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • But with Amy, it had been still, rote.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But from an early age he had been a questioning kind of boy who rarely took anything at face value, even though our education at government schools meant learning by rote and pupils were not supposed to question teachers.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • They are fine for rote learning, but the study of naming requires a level of dedication that ravel such as yourself rarely possess.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I could hear the laughter and joking of my comrades, and sometimes the strained, rote blandishments of their companions, the awkward attempts at flattery and passion which seemed unbearable to me, sober as I was.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • And yet, in certain ways, the Institute did remind them of other schools: Rote memorization of lessons was discouraged but required; class participation was encouraged but rarely permitted; and although quizzes were given every day, in every class, there was always at least one student who groaned, another who acted surprised, and another who begged the teacher, in vain, not to give it.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • At first Werner worries they’re taking him downstairs—please, not another pit—but he is brought to the third floor, where an exhausted interpreter who has been booking German prisoners for a month notes his name and rank, then asks a few rote questions while the clerk rifles through Werner’s canvas duffel and hands it back.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • We talked and learned by talking and, soon enough for me, our pep rallies had evolved into wild chaotic exchanges of rote memory.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But it’s all rote learning, it doesn’t sink in.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • …the movies or tv but i said they are in the closit in the hall. i got them. then i said let me see that card agen i bet ill find it now. i tryed hard but i still coudnt find the picturs i only saw the ink. i told him maybe i need new glases. he rote somthing down on a paper and i got skared of faling the test. i told him it was a very nice inkblot with littel points al around the eges. he looked very sad so that wasnt it. i said please let me try agen. ill get it in a few minits becaus…
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • O, she knew well Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The major difficulty in training animals is that they operate either by instinct or by rote.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Instead of being a rote learning thing, there’s a pattern I can figure out.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • TITANIA First, rehearse your song by rote, To each word a warbling note; Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Will we sing, and bless this place.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • I watch his mouth, lip-reading the Polish phrases he’s learned by rote.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • For them, shouting "Ma-da-meh-yi" was one rote step in a memorized chain of steps, not a courtesy to be used or dropped the way "yes, ma’am" and "thank you" are for us.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Eragon lost himself in the arcane glyphs, happy to have a task that required nothing more strenuous than rote memorization.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The commandments and precepts one learns as a child can be remembered by rote, but they mean little until there is example — and, even then, the example needs to be recognized.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In my nightly prayers, I always included by rote Mom and Dad, Jim, my uncles and aunts and grandparents (whether they were already in heaven or not), all the soldiers, sailors, and marines, Daisy Mae, Lucifer, Dandy, Poteet, and Chipper too.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • They’ve been using it in a rote way.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • She took no notice while he read by rote a solfa fable for her, plappering flatly: —Ah fox met ah stork.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Here the class was reciting a lesson from an abstruse text-book on economics, reciting it by rote, with so obvious a failure to assimilate it that the waste of labour was pitiful.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • "Mark it with your initials," said Mr. Dark, by rote.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The preacher, a tired little pinched-face man in a shabby black suit, said the service by rote and read a short, impersonal prayer.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Using the rote skills learned at Ballou, he finds himself writing and rewriting class notes, figuring that there are clues to be found in there, somewhere.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She gave him his breakfast and he watched her and he listened as she spoke by rote.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The Soviets train people to do their jobs by rote, with as little thinking as possible.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • (By rote; a kind of almost-tearful recitation) Our son.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Which made her laugh, because he blessed by rote—pretending paternal emotion, which he did not feel just then.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • And as he looked at the unpracticed mouth and lips, he thought that such a daughter of the soil could only have caught up the sentiment by rote.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Failing these, he would adorn it with puns and other ’plays upon words’ which he had learned by rote.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He felt calm, like an actor reciting his lines by rote.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Come, Antony and young Octavius, come, Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius, For Cassius is a-weary of the world; Hated by one he loves; braved by his brother; Check’d like a bondman; all his faults observed, Set in a note-book, learn’d and conn’d by rote, To cast into my teeth.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Occasionally some students do arrive for an education but rote and the mechanical nature of the institution soon converts them to a less idealistic attitude.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I fret on that all through drama, flub my lines every time the thought blankets my brain, disrupts rote memory.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The seventh, to names that signifie nothing; but are taken up, and learned by rote from the Schooles, as Hypostatical, Transubstantiate, Consubstantiate, Eternal-now, and the like canting of Schoole-men.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • We hyperventilate so hard we can barely hear her instructions, though any of the twenty of us could recite them rote.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • This, then, being the case, let not these scrupulous and prudish ideas trouble your imagination, but be assured that Lothario prizes you as you do him, and rest content and satisfied that as you are caught in the noose of love it is one of worth and merit that has taken you, and one that has not only the four S’s that they say true lovers ought to have, but a complete alphabet; only listen to me and you will see how I can repeat it by rote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • What was understood to be his education was simply the practice of reading, writing, and spelling, carried on by an elaborate appliance of unintelligible ideas, and by much failure in the effort to learn by rote.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It was completely by rote, with the teacher chanting a phrase and the students chanting it back to her in unison.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I come out of a country where educated men are promoted at the whim of morons who recite Marxist litany by rote.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • By all the others it was mentioned with regret; and his merits honoured with due gradation of feeling—from the sincerity of Edmund’s too partial regard, to the unconcern of his mother speaking entirely by rote.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • The Friar, half-drunk, half-sober, had huddled a friar’s frock over his green cassock, and now summoning together whatever scraps of learning he had acquired by rote in former days, "Holy father," said he, " ’Deus faciat salvam benignitatem vestram’—You are welcome to the greenwood."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • This sort of rote preparation had always served me well in law school, but I didn’t realize that my preparation would keep me from speaking to Jane as we made our way along the beach.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • JEFFERSON’S DIARY mr wigin you say rite somethin but i dont kno what to rite an you say i must be thinkin bout things i aint telin nobody an i order put it on paper but i dont kno what to put on paper cause i aint never rote nothin but homework i aint never rote a leter in all my life cause nanan use to get other chiren to rite her leter an read her leter for her not me so i cant think of too much to say but maybe nex time its evenin an i done eat my rice an beans an i done had my cup…
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • As a cadet, I had learned the Charleston streets by rote and was always refining my knowledge of shortcuts on the peninsula.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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