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She thanked everyone who participated in the colloquy.
  a conversation (formal in modern usage); or written dialogue
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colloquy colloquies
Strongly Associated with:   soliloquy, colloquium
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It might be easier to remember this if you already know that a "soliloquy" is a speech made to yourself.
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  • She thanked everyone who participated in the colloquy.
  • I hadn’t completely realized it at the time, but that same Freudian colloquy which had fascinated and, at the most, amused me had been downright odious to Sophie and had caused her to flee with Nathan from the beach.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The colloquy which followed was brief and to the point: "Speak English?"
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • They stopped, and engaged in a whispered colloquy.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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  • She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness, as vast, as intricate, and shadowy as the untamed forest, amid the gloom of which they were now holding a colloquy that was to decide their fate.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • A DOUBLE QUARTETTE A smoky tap-room presented itself; they entered, and the remainder of their confidential colloquy was lost in shadow.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Now then, their colloquy at an end, they went their ways- Athena toward illustrious Lakedaimon far over sea, to join Odysseus’ son.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Miss Ophelia rose from this encouraging colloquy; St. Clare was leaning over the back of her chair.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • They are not exhalations like our daily colloquies and vaporous breath.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Such colloquies have occupied many a pair of pale-faced weavers, whose unnurtured souls have been like young winged things, fluttering forsaken in the twilight.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner

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  • Here, being summoned to dinner, they brought their colloquy to a close.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They might have been talking, thus, for a quarter of an hour or more, when Monks—by which name the Jew had designated the strange man several times in the course of their colloquy—said, raising his voice a little, ’I tell you again, it was badly planned.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "What does this knave want with me?" said he, in stentorian tones, which rendered the entire hall attentive to this strange colloquy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Prince Andrew listened attentively to Bagration’s colloquies with the commanding officers and the orders he gave them and, to his surprise, found that no orders were really given, but that Prince Bagration tried to make it appear that everything done by necessity, by accident, or by the will of subordinate commanders was done, if not by his direct command, at least in accord with his intentions.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I had been standing behind him during this colloquy.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Her colloquy with Judge Pyncheon, who so perfectly represented the person and attributes of the founder of the family, had called back the dreary past.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • With which Mr. Osborne spread out the evening paper, and George knew from this signal that the colloquy was ended, and that his papa was about to take a nap.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The rest were silent during the august colloquy.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • These were the colloquies in heaven.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • During this short colloquy, the active Smallweed, who is of the dinner party, has written in legal characters on a slip of paper, "Return immediately."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The latter clambered to earth and held excited colloquy with them, during which proceeding it became clear that, so far from being Fenner, he was not an Englishman at all, and possibly not even a European.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He ended, or I heard no more; for now My earthly by his heavenly overpowered, Which it had long stood under, strained to the highth In that celestial colloquy sublime, As with an object that excels the sense Dazzled and spent, sunk down; and sought repair Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, called By Nature as in aid, and closed mine eyes.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The hiss of the spray sounded like a colloquy of snakes in the parched summer grass.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "You see I came after all," he said; but before she had time to answer, Mrs. Dorset, breaking away from a lifeless colloquy with her host, had stepped between them with a little gesture of appropriation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The rapid colloquy had covered the movement of the guards; they had walked across the room, at the last instant lunging at Webb and the driver.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "May the fiend fly away with me, and leave me in Ifrin with the souls of Odin and of Thor!" answered Cedric impatiently, and would probably have proceeded in the same tone of total departure from his spiritual character, when the colloquy was interrupted by the harsh voice of Urfried, the old crone of the turret.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But in this dumb colloquy with the sand dunes he maintained that his affection for Ramsay had in no way diminished; but there, like the body of a young man laid up in peat for a century, with the red fresh on his lips, was his friendship, in its acuteness and reality, laid up across the bay among the sandhills.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • It was not indeed entirely an improvisation, but had taken shape in inward colloquy, and rushed out like the round grains from a fruit when sudden heat cracks it.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Launched into the higher society of St. Ogg’s, with a striking person, which had the advantage of being quite unfamiliar to the majority of beholders, and with such moderate assistance of costume as you have seen foreshadowed in Lucy’s anxious colloquy with aunt Pullet, Maggie was certainly at a new starting-point in life.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • So remarkable did it seem to Miss Morleena, that that young lady, at the imminent hazard of having her ear sliced off, had not been able to forbear looking round, some score of times, during the foregoing colloquy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But as she persisted in desiring an interview—up to the last, after months of intimate colloquy, she called these meetings "interviews"—he agreed that they should take a walk together, and was even kind enough to leave his office for this purpose, during the hours at which business might have been supposed to be liveliest.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • For although the few gun-room officers there at the time had, in due observance of naval etiquette, withdrawn to leeward the moment Captain Vere had begun his promenade on the deck’s weather-side; and tho’ during the colloquy with Claggart they of course ventured not to diminish the distance; and though throughout the interview Captain Vere’s voice was far from high, and Claggart’s silvery and low; and the wind in the cordage and the wash of the sea helped the more to put them beyond…
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Into this mild colloquy Edward Rosier entered little; he sat by moodily, watching his small sweetheart.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • During this colloquy no portion of Jupiter’s person could be seen; but the beetle, which he had suffered to descend, was now visible at the end of the string, and glistened, like a globe of burnished gold, in the last rays of the setting sun, some of which still faintly illumined the eminence upon which we stood.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Is there a point to this colloquy?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Mrs. Hudnall broke up the colloquy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Come by anytime you like, whenever you feel the need for a little colloquy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The people in hearing of the colloquy became silent; and from them the hush spread afar.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Yet he never passed in at MY door—never sat in colloquy with ME until midnight.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • No. Again the judge consulted his notes, and held a whispered colloquy with the two men at his table.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Into this mild colloquy Edward Rosier entered little; he sat by moodily, watching his small sweetheart.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • "Blake," interrupted Jane, nervously anxious to terminate a colloquy that she perceived was an ordeal for him.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Don Carlos Stewart took Nels, Monty, and Nick Steele aside out of earshot, and they evidently entered upon an earnest colloquy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Joan’s opportunity for watching Kells and his men and overhearing their colloquies was as good as it had been back in Cabin Gulch.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • And in the long run, to these sterile, reiterated monologues, these futile colloquies with a blank wall, even the banal formulas of a telegram came to seem preferable.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I remember perfectly Brierly asking him, through the interpreter, what he thought of it at the time, and the interpreter, after a short colloquy, turning to the court with an important air— ’ "He says he thought nothing."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The mother of Elizabeth was an Episcopalian, as indeed, was the mother of the Judge himself; and the good taste of Marmaduke revolted at the familiar colloquies which the leaders of the conferences held with the Deity, in their nightly meetings.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • She prepared to start for Jermyn Street, taking leave first of Ralph Touchett and Isabel, who, seated on garden chairs in another part of the enclosure, were occupied—if the term may be used—with an exchange of amenities less pointed than the practical colloquy of Miss Stackpole and Mr. Bantling.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "Here—going through the plantation, and all down the hill," said Farmer Oak, with an aspect excessively knowing with regard to some matter in his mind, as he gazed at a remote point in the direction named, and then turned back to meet his colloquist’s eyes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • [A whispered colloquy takes place at the door.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
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