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She chooses words for euphony as much as meaning.
  pleasing sound — especially of words
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  • She chooses words for euphony as much as meaning.
  • For purposes of euphony, however, without which the lines would be harsh and unpoetical, I have invariably made two syllables of them.
    Cranmer-Byng, L.  --  A Lute of Jade
  • Because of the great difficuIty in securing euphony, irregular formations were commoner in the B vocabulary than in the A vocabulary.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Those rare dreamers, mysterious priests of the beautiful who silently confront everything with perfection, would have caught a glimpse in this little working-woman, through the transparency of her Parisian grace, of the ancient sacred euphony.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • "Sixty-seven," the coach-caller was saying, his voice lifted in a sort of euphonious cry.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The ponderous pundit, Hugh MacHugh, Dublin’s most brilliant scribe and editor and that minstrel boy of the wild wet west who is known by the euphonious appellation of the O’Madden Burke.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …on Madeleine Radelle from the fact that she had been born in a village, so called, situated between Salon and Lambesc; and as a custom existed among the inhabitants of that part of France where Caderousse lived of styling every person by some particular and distinctive appellation, her husband had bestowed on her the name of La Carconte in place of her sweet and euphonious name of Madeleine, which, in all probability, his rude gutteral language would not have enabled him to pronounce.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was not then known as Wing Biddlebaum, but went by the less euphonic name of Adolph Myers.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • The Xhosa are a proud and patrilineal people with an expressive and euphonious language and an abiding belief in the importance of laws, education, and courtesy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "I see no objection to its being old," the Princess answered dryly, "but whatever else it is it’s not euphonious," she went on, isolating the word euphonious as though between inverted commas, a little affectation to which the Guermantes set were addicted.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way

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  • If you use ready-made phrases, you not only don’t have to hunt about for words; you also don’t have to bother with the rhythms of your sentences, since these phrases are generally so arranged as to be more or less euphonious.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Charles "objected to the inharmonious contractions /will’nt/ (or /wolln’t/) and /wasn’t/ and /weren’t/ …. and set the fashion of using the softly euphonious /won’t/ and /wan’t/, which are used in speaking to this day by the best class of Southerners."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It was on one of these hikes—or rambles, as the English euphoniously call them—that I came upon an intriguing finger post, pointing the way to the PLAGUE VILLAGE.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Clyde Griffiths!" and at once the identity of the intitials as well as the related euphony of the names gave him pause.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Much more euphonious, I think.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Wait till some other time, I—I don’t want to—" But her remonstrance came too late; Mandy had yanked her forward and was performing the introduction she so euphoniously described.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Whatever difficulties certain phrases presented to Herr Settembrini’s Mediterranean tongue, he had expressed himself in the most delightful fashion—clearly, euphoniously, and, one may well say, graphically.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Here even standard English has had to make concessions to euphony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But this is solely for the sake of euphony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In Newspeak, euphony outweighed every consideration other than exactitude of meaning.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The substitution of /i/ for /e/ in such words as /indorse/, /inclose/ and /jimmy/ is of less patent utility, but even here there is probably a slight gain in euphony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Greek names of five, and even eight syllables shrink to /Smith/; Hungarian names that seem to be all consonants are reborn in such euphonious forms as /Martin/ and /Lacy/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • A word which was difficult to utter, or was liable to be incorrectly heard, was held to be ipso facto a bad word: occasionally therefore, for the sake of euphony, extra letters were inserted into a word or an archaic formation was retained.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And where no etymological reasons presented themselves, he made his changes by analogy and for the sake of uniformity, or for euphony or simplicity, or because it pleased him, one guesses, to stir up the academic animals.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "I see no objection to its being old," the Princess answered dryly, "but whatever else it is it’s not euphonious," she went on, isolating the word euphonious as though between inverted commas, a little affectation to which the Guermantes set were addicted.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But, whoops, gentlemen, do get on with your promenade!" he cried, sticking both enormous forefingers in his mouth and giving a whistle so euphonious that the teacher and Miss Robinson, both shrunk in size, came flying through the air from different directions and sat down on the director’s shoulders, one to the right, one to the left, just as they sat on either side of Hans Castorp in the dining hall.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And the /Belmonts/, the bankers, unable to find a euphonious English equivalent for their German-Jewish patronymic of /Schönberg/, chose a French one that Americans could pronounce.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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