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There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
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communal communally communality
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  • There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
    Robertson Davies
  • The drive for equality of opportunity would also require the abolition of the family since different parents have unequal abilities; it would require the communal rearing of children. The State would have to nationalize all babies and raise them in State nurseries under ’equal’ conditions. But even here conditions cannot be the same, because different State officials will themselves have different abilities and personalities.
    Murray N. Rothbard
  • He described the village for the infected as a huge set of rings within rings, with all the communal areas—cafeteria, infirmary, recreation facilities—located in the middle and then row upon row of poorly built housing encircling them.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • All the girls at Wickshire, it was like they’d been raised communally—the lingo, the clothes, the hair.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Not in a communal House of Rock anymore.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Extracurricular prison cooking happened primarily in two communal microwaves that were placed in kitchenette areas between the Dorms; their use was a privilege the staff constantly (and with great enjoyment) threatened to revoke.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Moreover, their desire for domesticity and the companionship of other adults, as well as pups, is apparently met by the communal nature of the family group.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Behind their communal tent I found Mrs. Matsui, crouched over a dented washing pail of gray water, wringing undershirts.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A communal protest this time, the first of my socialist tendencies.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • My guess is that one of them is for sleeping, another for communal use, and maybe the small one for storage.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • Twenty cabins lined the central green where the communal hearth fire glowed cheerfully.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She washed her clothes in communal tubs, went to jamaicas on Saturday nights, and cared for her first three daughters.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • We’re not asking for anything but permission to remove an eyesore and transform a communal place.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • All the neighbors were saying that a knife had been found in the communal garbage bin.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • "You didn’t have to pour it on my head," I said, fumbling for my specs and reaching for the first pair of pants I saw from the communal heap of dirty laundry on the floor.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Mark all your food before you put it in the communal refrigerator.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • They have a communal head, a kind of a pit, out on the edge of the houses.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Most of the other girls had stayed in the communal showers for longer, gossiping, but Emily was too spaced out to join them.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Once she had floured the dough, she wrapped it in a moist cloth, put on ahijab, and set out for the communal tandoor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He sat down among the evidence at a barren communal desk in the basement of the station.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Abdullah, who spent hours every week lugging buckets of water from Shadbagh’s communal well, marveled at a life where water was just a twist of the hand away.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • All money was held by Bootsie and used communally.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Massachusetts tried to kill off the Puritans, but they combined; they set up a communal society which, in the beginning, was little more than an armed camp with an autocratic and very devoted leadership.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • To give you one small example, Mrs. van D. has removed all but three of her sheets from our communal linen closet.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Sometimes when he went to big village meetings or communal ancestral feasts he allowed Ikemefuna to accompany him, like a son, carrying his stool and his goatskin bag.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • The communal life was felt, at the moment, to pass the time better.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • After their mother’s death, the two boys were sent off to a small hotel in the Connecticut woods where several families shared a large cabin and a communal kitchen.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Everyone wore plastic bibs, cracking crabs from the communal buckets and eating with their fingers.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • It was assumed that when he was not working, eating, or sleeping he would be taking part in some kind of communal recreation: to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • In the far left corner of the locker room was a small doorway that opened into a communal shower stall.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • They were going to a communal kitchen for supper for all.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • For a moment it was as if the silence had fallen across the entire planet …. everyone in front of their TVs rigid, a communal holding of breath.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Already without family, she was further isolated from her people, for, except for the relative bliss on the island, every other resource was denied her: partnership in marriage, confessional friendship, and communal religion.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Ringed with dense vegetation, this island formed a protected sanctuary where herds of herbivorous duckbilled dinosaurs laid their eggs in communal nests, and raised their squeaking young.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Exercising my only option, I unclipped from the communal safety line and stepped aside.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It had electric light and gas, But no water; water was fetched from a communal tap on the landing, and the communal lavatory was there too.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • There was a great deal of reshuffling to be done in Jeb’s caves, and the move to the big game room–now the communal sleeping quarters–was good preparation for more permanent arrangements to follow.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Thus do you remain immersed in the communal tau.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • They put the women out in huts when their time came, whatever that was; they had no sense of family— I knew that’d distress Aunty— they subjected children to terrible ordeals when they were thirteen; they were crawling with yaws and earworms, they chewed up and spat out the bark of a tree into a communal pot and then got drunk on it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He is learned in old manorial and communal rights, and he applies his knowledge sometimes in favour of the villagers of Fernworthy and sometimes against them, so that he is periodically either carried in triumph down the village street or else burned in effigy, according to his latest exploit.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Around the little fires where communal stew bubbled there was all manner of talk and only the personal was unmentionable.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He explained that the decadence of architecture had come when private property replaced the communal spirit of the Middle Ages, and that the selfishness of individual owners—who built for no purpose save to satisfy their own bad taste, "all claim to an individual taste is bad taste"—had ruined the planned effect of cities.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Suppose that communal kitchen years to come perhaps.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Nothing keeps them in order but their own communal court and their village elder.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Captain Nemo and his men had come to bury their companion in this communal resting place on the inaccessible ocean floor!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Again, he is not interested so much in the individual sufferer as he is in the communal aspect and the philosophical possibilities.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I hadn’t thought anybody but the doctor himself would ask me that, and the communal waiting room was full of other patients waiting for other doctors, most of them pregnant or with babies, and I felt their eyes on my flat, virgin stomach.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • This Escalator-Squash champion, this indefatigable lover (it was said that he had had six hundred and forty different girls in under four years), this admirable committee man and best mixer had realized quite suddenly that sport, women, communal activities were only, so far as he was concerned, second bests.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • They had time for everything they wanted, but no time for people or for any communal campus activities.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Warnings were delivered communally, for even though there was usually the offending daughter of the moment, every woman’s character could use extra scolding.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
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Associated words [difficulty]:   communal [2] , communicable [7]
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