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sedate -- as in: he is sedate
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calm and dignified
  • a quiet sedate nature
  • Leaving their father and me to our quieter, more sedate pleasures, one of which was simple conversation.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • (Starts up from down L., walking sedately along Main Street.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused reverie or meditation.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death

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  • "Not the seniors," said Henry sedately.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • They drive north (more sedately) through bowers and overhanging clouds and raging storms of multichrome leaves in aerial frenzy—here belching color like blazing lava, there like exploding stars, all like nothing Sophie has ever seen or imagined—the pent-up muttering which she cannot comprehend becomes vocal, unleashed in a new spasm of paranoia.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Other girls promenade more sedately, arms linked two by two.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He added, more sedately, "Do you know one thing, Captain—"
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "Your offer…." she began at last sedately.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Professor Lattimore translates sedately.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • The hum level in the room suddenly increased as several ancillary bass driver units, mounted in sedately carved and varnished cabinet speakers around the room, cut in to give Deep Thought’s voice a little more power.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It had funny little bits of useless wings, and its eyes looked so solemnly and sedately at me, that I was almost ashamed to kill it.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • He walked along quietly and sedately, without hurry, to avoid awakening suspicion.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • We walk, sedately.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Scarlett knew these hurried preenings were being made with an eye toward meeting his wife with the appearance of a gentleman who had ridden sedately home from a call on a neighbor.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The wolves were now more open in their pursuit, trotting sedately behind and ranging along on either side, their red tongues lolling out, their lean sides showing the undulating ribs with every movement.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • ’And why as a matter of course, Mr. Maldon?’ asked Mr. Wickfield, sedately eating his dinner.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • —And has remained so, one should hope, John Eglinton sedately said.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Sissy, quiet and changed since she got her baby, walked sedately beside her.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • As she watched, one of these detached itself into a sudden breeze and sailed sedately off, while others leaned from the pod as if to observe its departure.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • The procession moved off sedately in King Pellinore’s direction, following his erratic course by the fresh tracks in the snow.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled Pomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then he rose and walked sedately along towards the town.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Harry felt as though the panic inside him might spill over at any moment; he wanted to run, to yell for Dumbledore; Mr Weasley was bleeding as they walked along so sedately, and what if those fangs (Harry tried hard not to think ’my fangs’) had been poisonous?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Mrs. Sparsit sedately resumed her work and occasionally gave a small cough, which sounded like the cough of conscious strength and forbearance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • When they crossed the square the church bells were ringing, slow and peaceful, and along the streets the decorous people moved sedately beneath parasols, carrying Bibles and prayerbooks.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Arching his neck and his forelegs, a bright brown horse drew a buggy crisply but sedately past; in the washed black spokes, sunlight twittered.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Underneath the wagon, between the hind wheels, a lean and rangy mongrel dog walked sedately.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Chrysanthemums
  • He is sedately satisfied.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • For nearly a century they had hummed sedately, turning raw thread into gingham cloth—five million yards of it a week at prime production, enough to put a band around the earth every two months.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Nikolai Petrovitch bent his head, and began staring at the crumbling steps; a big mottled fowl walked sedately towards him, treading firmly with its great yellow legs; a muddy cat gave him an unfriendly look, twisting herself coyly round the railing.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • A hurriedly donned black robe billowed about him when at last he arrived, but it was with impressive sedateness and dignity that he asked, "Gentlemen of the jury, have you reached your verdicts?"
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She stopped, walked on sedately, changed from the girl Carol into Mrs. Dr. Kennicott.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • When in the evening he came home from work he got off a streetcar and walked sedately along behind some business man, striving to look very substantial and important.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • She threw changing glances at men who passed her, giving smiling invitations to men of rural or untaught pattern and usually seeming sedately unconscious of the men with a metropolitan seal upon their faces.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • A platoon of ants carried a dead cockroach sedately through the door, demonstrating what should be done with corpses.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Lord and Lady Tyrell moved more sedately.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Evgenie himself behaved rather more sedately than usual, probably out of respect to the dignitary.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • A fire was burning sedately.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He didn’t drive sedately, but with the air of a man who knew he could negotiate whatever curve was thrown at him.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • She placed third in a competition to apply makeup, and she lived sedately and quietly, pouring all her energy into her studies.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Nuthatches, creepers, chickadees, grosbeaks (he bought himself a bird book, and is learning to identify them) go sedately and earnestly about their business, which is eating.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Eugene walked steadily and looked steadily at him, a stranger and yet not a stranger, going along measuredly and sedately before, the only black-dad figure on this Western street, head and shoulders above all the rest.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • The Spaniard went as sedately as ever along the edge he walked; had he been here before too?
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • He stood for a moment at his own hall door, looking sedately at the elegant equipage as it rattled away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She went to the hospital to see Jack Marshall, who was recovering from heart surgery, and she went with Esther, who thought that a hospital visit was a thing out of pharaonic antiquity, where you fixed your face and arrayed yourself sedately and you carried books, puzzles and flowers and brought along a priest to utter certain phrases.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Nor did he seem much more at ease; when he spoke, his accent had none of its usual sedateness; and he repeated his inquiries as to the time of her having left Longbourn, and of her having stayed in Derbyshire, so often, and in so hurried a way, as plainly spoke the distraction of his thoughts.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • …so lately it had been,—saw him honourably released from his former engagement, saw him instantly profiting by the release, to address herself and declare an affection as tender, as constant as she had ever supposed it to be,—she was oppressed, she was overcome by her own felicity;— and happily disposed as is the human mind to be easily familiarized with any change for the better, it required several hours to give sedateness to her spirits, or any degree of tranquillity to her heart.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Excepting one or two men who, each with a long roll of half-crowns, chequered with a few stray sovereigns, in his left hand, staked their money at every roll of the ball with a business-like sedateness which showed that they were used to it, and had been playing all day, and most probably all the day before, there was no very distinctive character about the players, who were chiefly young men, apparently attracted by curiosity, or staking small sums as part of the amusement of the day,…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • When he sedately tried to explain this and that to Joyce, she said, "Did we bother you this evening?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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as in: sedate him Define
cause to be calm or drowsy by administering a sedative (a drug)
as in: he is sedate Define
calm and dignified
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