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a coterie of thinkers and power-brokers
  an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
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  • a coterie of thinkers and power-brokers
  • her coterie of foreign policy advisors
  • She thinks Wikipedia is more driven by coterie of top editors than it was in the early years.
  • Every member of the respectable coterie appeared plunged in his own reflections
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • Wherever Willoughby went, there followed axiomatically a coterie of passive, mostly negative characters known as the Courthouse Crowd, specimens Willoughby had put into the various county and municipal offices to do as they were told.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Some years ago, around the turn of the last century, a splinter faction emerged among our people—a coterie of disaffected peculiars with dangerous ideas.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • "He’ll be there with his whole coterie."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Sleep fights cancer, Regular Dr. Jim said for the thousandth time as he hovered over me one morning surrounded by a coterie of medical students.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • This "pastoral visit" naturally furnished an occasion for a murmur of comment in all the little local coteries.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Every member of the respectable coterie appeared plunged in his own reflections; not excepting the dog, who by a certain malicious licking of his lips seemed to be meditating an attack upon the legs of the first gentleman or lady he might encounter in the streets when he went out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • As the golden wire did not take up my whole attention I was able to follow the activity of a coterie of ants in the wall beside me.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • As an educated man successful in his profession, as an eminent Republican and church leader-even though of the Methodist church-Mr. Clutter was entitled to rank among the local patricians, but just as he had never joined the Garden City Country Club, he had never sought to associate with the reigning coterie.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Scarcely eighteen, lavishly gifted with beauty and talent, chaperoned only by a young and devoted brother, she had soon gathered round her, in her charming apartment in the Rue Richelieu, a coterie which was as brilliant as it was exclusive—exclusive, that is to say, only from one point of view.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The congregational principle, on the other hand, makes each church into a kind of club, and finally, if all goes well, into a coterie or faction.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He had a bevy of female admirers—but also a coterie of critics, who considered him a dandy and a playboy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Countess Lidia Ivanovna was a friend of her husband’s, and the center of that one of the coteries of the Petersburg world with which Anna was, through her husband, in the closest relations.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Nothing disturbed the stillness of the cottage save the chatter of a knot of sparrows on the eaves; one might fancy scandal and rumour to be no less the staple topic of these little coteries on roofs than of those under them.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Some one has said that the death of a mouse from cancer is the whole sack of Rome by the Goths, and I swear to you that the breaking up of our little four-square coterie was such another unthinkable event.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Standing about the room was the little knot of men who formed the chief part of the Egdon coterie, there being present Fairway himself, Grandfer Cantle, Humphrey, Christian, and one or two turf-cutters.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Senators, said William Allen White, represented not only states and regions but "principalities and powers and business": One Senator, for instance, represented the Union Pacific Railway System, another the New York Central, still another the insurance interests…… Coal and iron owned a coterie …. cotton had half adozen Senators.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Sanballat looked for Ben-Hur, and turned again to Drusus and his coterie.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He had no loyal following as Washington had, no coterie of friends in Congress.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Nightwing bustles about as if we were expecting Her Majesty to come rather than a small coterie of parents and patrons.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I may say I find refreshment in this little coterie, in thus meeting my old acquaintances and subordinates, who worship me still, in spite of all.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • In proportion as the circle of public society is extended, it may be anticipated that the sphere of private intercourse will be contracted; far from supposing that the members of modern society will ultimately live in common, I am afraid that they may end by forming nothing but small coteries.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • On one was piled certain curiously twisted and complicated figures, called "nut-cakes," On another were heaps of a black-looking sub stance, which, receiving its hue from molasses, was properly termed "sweet-cake ;" a wonderful favorite in the coterie of Remarkable, A third was filled, to use the language of the housekeeper, with "cards of gingerbread ;" and the last held a " plumcake," so called from the number of large raisins that were showing their black heads in a substance of…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Are you not of some coterie? some school or mere religion?
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • No doubt poor Marguerite St. Just, lonely in the midst of her grandeur, and of her starchy friends, was happy to see a face that brought back memories of that happy time in Paris, when she reigned—a queen—over the intellectual coterie of the Rue de Richelieu.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Coterie?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Any small coterie, bound together by some interest which other men dislike or ignore, tends to develop inside itself a hothouse mutual admiration, and towards the outer world, a great deal of pride and hatred which is entertained without shame because the "Cause" is its sponsor and it is thought to be impersonal.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Her connection with this circle was kept up through Princess Betsy Tverskaya, her cousin’s wife, who had an income of a hundred and twenty thousand roubles, and who had taken a great fancy to Anna ever since she first came out, showed her much attention, and drew her into her set, making fun of Countess Lidia Ivanovna’s coterie.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • In his beautiful house at Richmond he played second fiddle to his clever wife with imperturbable BONHOMIE; he lavished jewels and luxuries of all kinds upon her, which she took with inimitable grace, dispensing the hospitality of his superb mansion with the same graciousness with which she had welcomed the intellectual coterie of Paris.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Marguerite, impulsive, thoughtless, not calculating the purport of her words, still smarting under the terrible insult her brother had suffered at the Marquis’ hands, happened to hear—amongst her own coterie—that the St. Cyrs were in treasonable correspondence with Austria, hoping to obtain the Emperor’s support to quell the growing revolution in their own country.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • As early as May, Hamilton had launched a letter campaign to his High Federalist coterie declaring Adams unfit and incapable as President, a man whose defects of character were guaranteed to bring certain ruin to the party.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Marguerite, horrified at the terrible consequences of her own thoughtlessness, was powerless to save the Marquis: his own coterie, the leaders of the revolutionary movement, all proclaimed her as a heroine: and when she married Sir Percy Blakeney, she did not perhaps altogether realise how severely he would look upon the sin, which she had so inadvertently committed, and which still lay heavily upon her soul.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "She blushes at the insult," murmured Bathsheba, watching the pink flush which arose and overspread the neck and shoulders of the ewe where they were left bare by the clicking shears—a flush which was enviable, for its delicacy, by many queens of coteries, and would have been creditable, for its promptness, to any woman in the world.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Puns are sometimes serious factors in politics; witness the Castratus ad castra, which made a general of the army of Narses; witness: Barbari et Barberini; witness: Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram, etc., etc. The Friends of the A B C were not numerous, it was a secret society in the state of embryo, we might almost say a coterie, if coteries ended in heroes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Puns are sometimes serious factors in politics; witness the Castratus ad castra, which made a general of the army of Narses; witness: Barbari et Barberini; witness: Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram, etc., etc. The Friends of the A B C were not numerous, it was a secret society in the state of embryo, we might almost say a coterie, if coteries ended in heroes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Though in one sense a woman of the world, it was, after all, that world of daylight coteries and green carpets wherein cattle form the passing crowd and winds the busy hum; where a quiet family of rabbits or hares lives on the other side of your party-wall, where your neighbour is everybody in the tything, and where calculation is confined to market-days.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The friend of his childhood, a man of the same set, of the same coterie, his comrade in the Corps of Pages, Serpuhovskoy, who had left school with him and had been his rival in class, in gymnastics, in their scrapes and their dreams of glory, had come back a few days before from Central Asia, where he had gained two steps up in rank, and an order rarely bestowed upon generals so young.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Not Youth Pertains to Me Not youth pertains to me, Nor delicatesse, I cannot beguile the time with talk, Awkward in the parlor, neither a dancer nor elegant, In the learn’d coterie sitting constrain’d and still, for learning inures not to me, Beauty, knowledge, inure not to me—yet there are two or three things inure to me, I have nourish’d the wounded and sooth’d many a dying soldier, And at intervals waiting or in the midst of camp, Composed these songs.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • THE SITUATION BECOMES AGGRAVATED As soon as the leader has given the order to clear the decks for action, all disorderly movements cease; there is no more pulling from one another; there are no more coteries; no more asides, there is no more holding aloof; everything in their spirits converges in, and changes into, a waiting for the assailants.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "On one side it’s a plaything; they play at being a parliament, and I’m neither young enough nor old enough to find amusement in playthings; and on the other side" (he stammered) "it’s a means for the coterie of the district to make money.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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