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deliberate -- as in: deliberate insult
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to do something intentionally
  • She didn’t forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
  • Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Maycomb’s regular pastors ate free for a week also, and it was hinted in disrespectful quarters that the local clergy deliberately led their churches into holding separate services, thereby gaining two more weeks’ honoraria.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Or even worse, he’ll think I’m deliberately avoiding him.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • He looks deliberately at me.  I can’t dispute it.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I commented on what I had concluded was simple thoughtlessness.
    Willem shook his head. "It’s very deliberate," he said.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The machinery had failed again, or the power had been deliberately turned off, or the power station had been captured by the rebels.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The next week I put five wrong answers, deliberately.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • ...a lawyer once deliberately pushed a pile of books to the floor in a desperate effort to wake him up.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • It still bugged Cole that Edwin and Garvey wouldn’t help with anything. He made up three hamburgers but deliberately put only one in the pan to cook.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • She was accused, together with her husband, of having deliberately murdered her former employer
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • In so far as he had time to remember it, he was not troubled by the fact that every word he murmured into the speakwrite, every stroke of his ink-pencil, was a deliberate lie.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Graff had deliberately set him up to be separate from the other boys, made it impossible for him to be close to them.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I deliberately did not look at his face.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • "You know it’s Passover," her mother said, sighing, in a voice deliberately low.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • ...and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Would he think we had forsaken him and deliberately ripped his wife’s clothes—viciously broken the pigs?
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • He got to his feet and walked over to me, deliberately stopping four or five feet away, like the pin had some kind of voodoo curse on it.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I deliberately disobeyed her every command.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Deliberately courting pneumonia in that light coat?
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • The minister and my aunt looked at me, and both seemed angry, as if I had kept them waiting deliberately.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • (Her hands pressed together, in a deliberately childish gesture)
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • She says he came to that little bridge, and then deliberately smashed into the railing, and it was only the shallowness of the water that saved him.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • But Red ordered him to lose and he made that one mistake, made it deliberately, and got thrown.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • He had heard, of course, that she was married—perhaps deliberately he had heard no more.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • He could not decide whether she was deliberately building a barrier between them or whether this was intended to make an eventual surrender more significant.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She thinks the Marthas have given her a deliberately impossible job so they can dump her.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • He pointed us out in groups, deliberately not calling attention to individuals.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • He found a hard black clod on the floor and deliberately threw it.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • He hadn’t deliberately planned to be there because it was a couple of blocks out of his way and he was really awfully tired.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • holes were bored in the boat with the deliberate intent of letting in the water so that the boat should sink.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Instead of sighs and accidents there was pointed and deliberate abuse.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • there just aint nothing justifies the deliberate destruction of what a man has built with his own sweat
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • "Don’t worry about me," he insisted, smiling with deliberate cheer, too brightly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The Diallo shooting, in other words, falls into a kind of gray area, the middle ground between deliberate and accidental.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He said he done it deliberate.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Kaminer got to the hat and K., as he often had to do at the bank, forcibly reminded himself that the grin was not deliberate,
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • They might have had some natural cause, or they might be due to deliberate censorship by the Overlords.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • But this was shocking, like a stage deliberately set to offend.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • She stretched out on her back again, deliberately kicking water up and over him.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Leave me alone to pine away in anguish .’d do me harm, deliberately
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • There were occasions when we deliberately let you win a game so that you would stop sulking and go on playing with us.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • I laugh, deliberately calling attention to us because I know it’s exactly what she doesn’t want.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • I was firmly convinced that a smart old coon had deliberately poked that stick in my trap.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • She felt that you had deliberately put a kind of distance between the two of you.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • Leave me alone to pine away in anguish .
    Unless, of course, you think my noble father Odysseus
    did the Achaean army damage, deliberate harm,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Willem believed it was part of a deliberate and large-scale move against Jews; every one of the closed businesses was Jewish.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I said no more, and deliberately went back to reading.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Rounding the corner into the alley, the young man had deliberately forced the older one into the side of the building and ground his face against the rough bricks.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
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as in: deliberate insult Define
to do something intentionally
as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
as in: a deliberate thinker Define
done with great care -- often slowly
as in: with all deliberate speed Define
as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
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