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living at the same time or: something occurring in the same period of time as something else
  • Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were contemporary artists who competed for some projects.
  • The composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart
  • Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
    William Faulkner
  • The oldest boy in Miss Blunt’s sixth grade was nearly nineteen, and he had three contemporaries.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • For in the hour of trial Athens alone among her contemporaries is superior to the report of her.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • As graduation approached I found that the majority of my contemporaries were assured of excellent research jobs while I seemed to have nothing particular to offer in the biological marketplace.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • When he unveiled the invention at the fair, the prototype was as yet untested, and his contemporaries were skeptical—and rightfully so.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • As for the others in my story, in the early 1970s nearly all of my contemporaries were sent to the countryside for "reeducation."
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • He was much older than the parents of our school contemporaries, and there was nothing Jem or I could say about him when our classmates said, "My father-"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Your father, a man of the last century, evidently stands above our contemporaries who so condemn this measure which merely reestablishes natural justice.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • We think these dinosaurs were so successful because they had better jaws and teeth for chewing plants than their contemporaries did.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • As we stared at the markups on the wall, admiring the work of some of our contemporaries, Shea reached over his shoulder, pulled the backpack in front of him, and slowly unzipped it.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • In the eyes of his contemporaries, he was a man who had committed the one unforgivable sin: he was proud of his wealth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The orator, or the politician, who can produce such a state of things, is commonly popular with his contemporaries, however he may be treated by posterity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The voice which had called her attention was that of the reverend and famous John Wilson, the eldest clergyman of Boston, a great scholar, like most of his contemporaries in the profession, and withal a man of kind and genial spirit.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They were better read and better bred than most of their contemporaries.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He is not fed, sheltered, clothed, warmed, like his contemporaries.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But my choice and constant companions should be a set of my own immortal brotherhood; among whom, I would elect a dozen from the most ancient, down to my own contemporaries.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Her contemporaries, the young wives, mothers and widows, loved her because she had suffered what they had suffered, had not become embittered and always lent them a sympathetic ear.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They are contemporaries of Chance’s.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • He bore a reputation for wisdom rather than skill—leaving the active practice of medicine to his assistants and younger contemporaries—and was much sought for in matters of consultation.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • This obscure, whimsical, and disagreeable poem was despised upon its first publication, and I only treat it now as it was treated in its own country by contemporaries.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • The fourteenth century Comments, especially those of Boccaccio, of Buti, and of Benvenuto da Imola, are indispensable to one who would understand the poem as it was understood by Dante’s immediate contemporaries and successors.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Both Jesus and Socrates were enigmatic personalities, also to their contemporaries.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Thus, Tellson’s, in its day, like greater places of business, its contemporaries, had taken so many lives, that, if the heads laid low before it had been ranged on Temple Bar instead of being privately disposed of, they would probably have excluded what little light the ground floor had, in a rather significant manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The fact, even when most necessary to all appearances, even when most thoroughly accepted by contemporaries, if it exist only as a fact, and if it contain only too little of right, or none at all, is infallibly destined to become, in the course of time, deformed, impure, perhaps, even monstrous.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For a moment, hearing the verse aloud, Langdon felt transported in time . as though he were one of Galileo’s contemporaries, listening to the poem for the first time . knowing it was a test, a map, a clue unveiling the four altars of science . the four markers that blazed a secret path across Rome.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Magnifico and Gerineldo, contemporaries of Aureliano but more skilled in the ways of the world, drank methodically with the women seated on their laps.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The Squire’s life was quite as idle as his sons’, but it was a fiction kept up by himself and his contemporaries in Raveloe that youth was exclusively the period of folly, and that their aged wisdom was constantly in a state of endurance mitigated by sarcasm.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Hundreds of thousands of his contemporaries believed likewise.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Do we really believe that novels or poems by any of these writers, or their contemporaries Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner, will be naive?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "These composers," Captain Nemo answered me, "are the contemporaries of Orpheus, because in the annals of the dead, all chronological differences fade; and I’m dead, professor, quite as dead as those friends of yours sleeping six feet under!"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Names of the forerunners and contemporaries of Gilgamesh have been found written on bricks and vases; while two semi-historical documents, the’ Sumerian King-List’ already referred to, and the so-called ’History of Tummul’ give conflicting historical and genealogical evidence.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • "Now we’re coming to hard facts," he thought, conscious in himself of the same instinctive recoil that he had so often criticised in his mother and her contemporaries.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Moreover, the religious growth of millions of men, even though they be slaves, cannot be without potent influence upon their contemporaries.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • She fitted up a studio in one of the downstairs rooms, where the daughters and granddaughters of Colonel Sartoris’ contemporaries were sent to her with the same regularity and in the same spirit that they were sent to church on Sundays with a twenty-five-cent piece for the collection plate.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • I have alluded to him, Reader, because I think I see in him an intellect profounder and more unique than his contemporaries have yet recognised; because I regard him as the first social regenerator of the day — as the very master of that working corps who would restore to rectitude the warped system of things; because I think no commentator on his writings has yet found the comparison that suits him, the terms which rightly characterise his talent.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He returned more fastidious than when he left, more in control of his nature, and none of his contemporaries seemed as rigorous and as learned as he in his science, and none could dance better to the music of the day or improvise as well on the piano.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I am happy to have under my charge now the daughters of many of those who were your contemporaries at my establishment—what pleasure it would give me if your own beloved young ladies had need of my instructive superintendence!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Levin found himself, like the majority of his contemporaries, in the vaguest position in regard to religion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It’s an epic poem written by the great scholars about the great rulers who were their contemporaries.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • But among Tom’s contemporaries, whose fathers cast their sons on clerical instruction to find them ignorant after many days, there were many far less lucky than Tom Tulliver.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The good things of life had come to him too early - the respect of his contemporaries, a safe livelihood.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The testimony of his contemporaries proclaims—and his life fully confirms—his metaphysical and mystical interests.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Only a wall divided him from those happy young contemporaries of his with whom he shared a common mental life; men who had nothing to do from morning till night but to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Or rather, perhaps, the difference was mainly superficial; he was to them like the poet of a new school who takes his contemporaries by storm; who is not really new, but is the first to articulate what all his listeners have felt, though but dumbly till then.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She was not abnormally deficient, and she mustered learning enough to acquit herself respectably in conversation with her contemporaries, among whom it must be avowed, however, that she occupied a secondary place.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • The slicker seemed distributed through school, always a little wiser and shrewder than his contemporaries, managing some team or other, and keeping his cleverness carefully concealed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It’s what makes us different from our contemporaries in other colleges.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But finding herself free from the scrutiny of this Wagnerian, who was sitting, at some distance, in a group of her own contemporaries, Mme. de Cambremer let herself drift upon a stream of exquisite memories and sensations.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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as in: contemporary design Define
characteristic of or belonging to the present time
as in: they are contemporaries Define
living at the same time or: something occurring in the same period of time as something else
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