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When the sheriff apprehended him for grave-robbery and gold-hoarding, Mr. Fink demurred on the theory that if his own grandfather wasn’t his, whose was he?
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  take exception to

or in law:  a formal objection to an opponent’s pleadings
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Word Confusion:  Do not confuse this with "demure" (quiet or shy).
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  • When the sheriff apprehended him for grave-robbery and gold-hoarding, Mr. Fink demurred on the theory that if his own grandfather wasn’t his, whose was he?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "I know how full Jacqueline keeps your schedule," I demur.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "I’m okay," she demurred.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Miss Peregrine demurred, pointing out that they hadn’t yet finished their dinners, but the children pleaded with her until she relented.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • "It’s complicated," she demurred.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Each time she asks to accompany him, he demurs.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But when I uttered, mildly and with some amusement, the standard demurral of the literary aesthete, he outflanked me neatly again.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I followed him then without demur, distressed over the child’s death, but relieved that I would not, after all, have to face the climb to the fairies’ crest or the long journey back alone.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Jem," Reverend Sykes demurred, "this ain’t a polite thing for little ladies to hear…"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • O’Brien’s servant, however, had admitted the two of them without demur.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • I told her I should ask you to see her, and though she demurred at first, I know why, old fellow, she finally consented.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Perhaps, Poirot thought, Mary Debenham had demurred.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Dr. Shaw at first demurred; then let her have what she wanted.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • After some delay and demur, the door grudgingly turned on its hinges a very little way, and allowed Mr. Jerry Cruncher to squeeze himself into court.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "A rough composition, Argetlam," demurred Nari.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • This mandate, which had been delivered with great majesty, was obeyed without the slightest demur; and Charlotte made the best of her way off with the packages while Noah held the door open and watched her out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Without demurring at his father’s words Apollo glided from the heights of Ida, like that swiftest of birds, the peregrine.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "You’d better go now, John," said his wife, with glistening and hopeful face; but John demurred.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • With reason hath deep silence and demur Seized us, though undismayed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • If they demur?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She demurred.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "I guess," he demurs, and changes the subject.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Her mother and father had consented without demur, and were happy in her happiness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Miss Lizzie demurred, claiming her time had more value than Katie’s time.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • When his wife first proposed that they should give Mattie an occasional evening out he had inwardly demurred at having to do the extra two miles to the village and back after his hard day on the farm; but not long afterward he had reached the point of wishing that Starkfield might give all its nights to revelry.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Your meaning must be unequivocal; no doubts or demurs: and such expressions of gratitude and concern for the pain you are inflicting as propriety requires, will present themselves unbidden to your mind, I am persuaded.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Shukhov demurred.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • To the surprise of the ship’s company, though much to the Lieutenant’s satisfaction, Billy made no demur.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • My companion still demurred: the storm of the night and the early morning had dropped, but the afternoon was damp and gray.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • My mother paused, about to demur politely, but instead she took a deep breath.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • The TRAGEDIANS demur, trying to get at the coin.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • John demurred: He had made his rules, and besides, Betty was now in the late stages of an ill-fated pregnancy.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The king hesitated, was going to demur; but just then we heard the door give way, and knew that those desolate men were in the presence of their dead.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • After they had been seated about the middle room with demurring and unwillingness to take seats, for politeness, Wang Lung went into the kitchen to bid the woman serve.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • She demurred, and he thought, "All right."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Fielding demurred; this seemed to him going to the other extreme.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Still, he demurs; what would her parents think?
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • John demurs.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But the leaders of the program demurred.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He would certainly have preferred Sweden, where the level of intelligence was high and where he could swim nude with beautiful girls with low, demurring voices and sire whole happy, undisciplined tribes of illegitimate Yossarians that the state would assist through parturition and launch into life without stigma; but Sweden was out of reach, too far away, and Yossarian waited for the piece of flak that would knock out one engine over the Italian Alps and provide him with the excuse for…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • There was nothing really to demur to in her leaning on Jude’s arm; but she withdrew her hand, and Jude thought that Phillotson had looked surprised.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "Well …. ," Miles demurred, doing his best to look modest.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Catherine Staples insisted that her dinner guest had another vodka martini, demurring for herself as her glass was still half full.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • At Mitya’s urgent request that he would take him to Lyagavy at once, and by so doing "save him, so to speak," the priest agreed, after some demur, to conduct him to Suhoy Possyolok; his curiosity was obviously aroused.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I offered to pay her well for her trouble, and, after some demur, she consented to accompany me to the spot.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • His period of donhood at Oxford gave him some right to assent, but he knew that the word, though the highest of compliments from a Chinese, had yet a faintly priggish sound for English ears, and chiefly out of consideration for his companions he demurred to it.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • For this reason, he never demurred from accepting them, and even when he was asked to go on a tiring business trip lasting two days he said nothing about having to go out in the rainy autumn weather when he had a severe chill, just in order to avoid the risk of not being asked to go.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • While the author of this missive was making up her mind to dispatch it Henrietta Stackpole formed a resolve which was accompanied by no demur.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • ’ Miss La Creevy could not suppress a small shriek on hearing this, and instantly set about extorting a solemn pledge from Newman that he would use his utmost endeavours to pacify the wrath of Nicholas; which, after some demur, was conceded.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …to herself, that she should want him to play at piquet of an evening, while Miss Dashwood was above with her sister, &c. she urged him so strongly to remain, that he, who was gratifying the first wish of his own heart by a compliance, could not long even affect to demur; especially as Mrs. Jennings’s entreaty was warmly seconded by Mr. Palmer, who seemed to feel a relief to himself, in leaving behind him a person so well able to assist or advise Miss Dashwood in any emergence.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
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