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Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
  a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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anecdote anecdotes
Strongly Associated with:   anecdotal
Note:  Some people confuse this word with "antidote" (a cure).
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  • Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
  • She is good at making a point in an interesting and memorable way with an anecdote.
  • a moving anecdote that belies the real problem
  • The power of illustrative anecdotes often lies not in how well they present reality, but in how well they reflect the core beliefs of their audience.
    David P. Mikkelson

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  • My father was telling them anecdotes and expounding his own views on the situation.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Billy Pilgrim had not heard this anecdote.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and...
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Each one poured into the conversation his store of wise sad anecdotes and his dry regret about the race of men.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Anyway he related long pointless anecdotes of his undergraduate days,
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • We often pass the time amusing ourselves with anecdotes about you.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day

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  • We traded stupid family anecdotes, like the time when Cass almost burned down the house with her Easy-Bake Oven, or when my father drank a huge glass of clam juice, thinking it was lemonade.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • I don’t tell you enough, but I am amazed by your mind: the weird statistics and anecdotes, the strange facts, the disturbing ability to quote from any movie, the quick wit, the beautiful way you have of wording things.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He would guide me, asking me questions about my day, and asking me to tell him small anecdotes or talk about my dreams.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • In the heart of this 250-year-old fort we will trade anecdotes and faint memories, trying to swell them with the order of dates and asides, interlocking them all as if assembling the hull of a ship.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • What you will conclude from the next anecdote I cannot guess.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Because let’s face it, he’s probably not asking me for my sparkling wit and entertaining anecdotes.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • A little anecdote I sent in regarding a vacation that my wife and I took in Quebec.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Impatiently, I tried to beat back an anecdote Toddy Barbour had told at dinner — how, upon losing his passport (in Italy?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Certainly you must be out of anecdotes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Then has a funny anecdote about the perils of the Capitol showers.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • On all sides, new and fresh anecdotes were heard of individual examples of heroism shown by our officers and men at Austerlitz.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Most times the stones were little more than anecdotes, short of breath and short of life.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • After he completed his anecdotes, Mayor Schmoke ended our meeting.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He liked humorous anecdotes that turned into morality tales.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • I guess I thought my father had told him one of the embarrassing anecdotes he saw merely as loving testaments to his children.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I really don’t know why I bored you with this trivial anecdote.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Sometimes he interjected anecdotes.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Corinthians listened analytically, expectantly—wondering how her mother would develop this anecdote into a situation in which Macon would either lash out at her verbally or hit her.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Justice, too, obliges the author to state that the fairness of mind and generosity attributed to St. Clare are not without a parallel, as the following anecdote will show.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Enough of your vile, nasty anecdotes, depraved vile, sensual man!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Moira became, over the years, increasingly versed in such anecdotes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Her mind was a store-house of innocuous anecdote and any question about her acquaintances brought forth a volume of detail; but on the subject of Ethan Frome I found her unexpectedly reticent.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • He was a famous story-teller; after I had acquired language he used to spell clumsily into my hand his cleverest anecdotes, and nothing pleased him more than to have me repeat them at an opportune moment.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Orik shrugged and provided a few anecdotes from their stay in Ellesmera, though Eragon suspected that the dwarf kept his true observations a secret for his king.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Even for his classroom he had no platitudes, no stock of professorial anecdotes.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He talked to her while he undressed, telling her anecdotes and bits of news and gossip that he had gathered during the day.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The anecdote elevated Dick’s opinion of Little Perry; he began to see more of him, and, like Willie-Jay, though for dissimilar reasons, gradually decided that Perry possessed unusual and valuable qualities.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • So I sampled away, more as a curiosity seeker than an epicure, while Captain Nemo delighted me with his incredible anecdotes.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • —B. DEAR SON: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • A virgin audience like Colonel Scheisskopf was grist for General Peckem’s mill, a stimulating opportunity to throw open his whole dazzling erudite treasure house of puns, wisecracks, slanders, homilies, anecdotes, proverbs, epigrams, apophthegms, bon mots and other pungent sayings.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She missed him, missed his light flippant touch in anecdotes that made her shout with laughter, his sardonic grin that reduced troubles to their proper proportions, missed even his jeers that stung her to angry retort.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Stepan Arkadyevitch’s anecdote too was very amusing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Every now and then Patrick and Guenther would grab a few beers together, consuming enough alcohol for the former bodybuilder to tell him stories of women offering to oil him up before a competition or good anecdotes about Arnold, before he became political.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • There was nothing to do except to offer second helpings, which Ector would accept without interrupting the anecdote of the moment.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I find that the most effective medicine for such individuals is administered at first in the form of a story, although I never tell an anecdote simply for the sake of telling one.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • His name becomes a fleeting statistic and his face is lost in fading photographs, the clothing quaint, the anecdotes gone.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The Journalist tried to relieve the tension by telling anecdotes of Hettie Potter.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Porfiry Platonovitch made his appearance and told various anecdotes; he had just come back from the town.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • They were like the cherubs of the anecdote, who had—morally, at any rate—nothing to whack!
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
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