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the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous
  consisting of elements that are not of the same kind
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heterogeneous heterogeneity heterogeneously heterogeneousness
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  • the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous
  • At the present time my mind is so full of heterogeneous matter that I almost despair of ever being able to put it in order.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Our bodies are half made up of glands and tubes and organs, occupied in turning heterogeneous food into blood.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Although, by a seemingly careless arrangement of his heterogeneous garb, he had endeavoured to conceal or abate the peculiarity, it was sufficiently evident to Hester Prynne that one of this man’s shoulders rose higher than the other.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • Of all the heterogeneous mass of people who had poured into Atlanta, the army people alone she refused to receive or tolerate.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She had taken charge of his upbringing and his education, which meant that as an adult he was lumped together with that large, heterogeneous group defined by the media as Muslims.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildad’s language, heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • All the delegates without exception expressed themselves in the strongest possible heterogeneous terms concerning the nameless barbarity which they had been called upon to witness.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Actors and directors—those were the only men she had ever known, those and the heterogeneous, indistinguishable mass of college boys, interested only in love at first sight, whom she had met at the Yale prom last fall.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • They were not bound to regard with affection a thing that could not sympathise with one amongst them; a heterogeneous thing, opposed to them in temperament, in capacity, in propensities; a useless thing, incapable of serving their interest, or adding to their pleasure; a noxious thing, cherishing the germs of indignation at their treatment, of contempt of their judgment.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • The town was as heterogeneous as Chicago.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was a small group still, with heterogeneous figures suspended in large unpeopled spaces; but Lily did not take long to learn that its regulation was no longer in Mr. Stancy’s hands.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She looked about at the heterogeneous chairs and tables.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Thirteen years he dedicated to these heterogeneous tasks, but the hand of a stranger murdered him—and his novel was incoherent and no one found the labyrinth.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • He read enormously every night—Shaw, Chesterton, Barrie, Pinero, Yeats, Synge, Ernest Dowson, Arthur Symons, Keats, Sudermann, Robert Hugh Benson, the Savoy Operas—just a heterogeneous mixture, for he suddenly discovered that he had read nothing for years.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • A cordon of waist-high bookcases lined three walls, their shelves cram-jammed and literally sagging with books—children’s books, textbooks, second-hand books, Book Club books, plus an even more heterogeneous overflow from less communal "annexes" of the apartment.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • A few days later he entered a dingy broker’s shop in the main street of the town, and amid a heterogeneous collection of saucepans, a clothes-horse, rolling-pin, brass candlestick, swing looking-glass, and other things at the back of the shop, evidently just brought in from a sale, he perceived a framed photograph, which turned out to be his own portrait.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The preacher who can touch and affect such an heterogeneous mass of hearers, on subjects limited, and long worn threadbare in all common hands; who can say anything new or striking, anything that rouses the attention without offending the taste, or wearing out the feelings of his hearers, is a man whom one could not, in his public capacity, honour enough.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Making a new machine and sending out officials of duly ascertained fitness for a great work of social reform is no child’s task; but this task was even harder, for a new central organization had to be fitted on a heterogeneous and confused but already existing system of relief and control of ex-slaves; and the agents available for this work must be sought for in an army still busy with war operations,—men in the very nature of the case ill fitted for delicate social work,—or among the…
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Cautioning her, in these terms, not to trip over a heterogeneous litter of pastry-cook’s trays, lamps, waiters full of glasses, and piles of rout seats which were strewn about the hall, plainly bespeaking a late party on the previous night, the man led the way to the second story, and ushered Kate into a back-room, communicating by folding-doors with the apartment in which she had first seen the mistress of the establishment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Once, among the heterogeneous crowd of inmates there appeared a dancing-master.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I am going to push out into the heterogeneous crowd.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • She looked about at the heterogeneous chairs and tables.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • the common sink and repository of all heterogeneous and unknown corruptions.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It is, however, from the bosom of this heterogeneous and agitated mass that authors spring; and from the same source their profits and their fame are distributed.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • They formed a motley and heterogeneous admixture;—some petulant animosity, which was not yet hatred, some esteem, more respect, much fear, with a world of uneasy curiosity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • On her way back to her room she found the Countess Gemini standing in the open doorway of a little parlour in which a small collection of heterogeneous books had been arranged.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He was keenly aware that the party was built out of extremely heterogeneous elements, frankly speaking of it in his "House Divided" speech as composed of "strange, discordant, and even hostile elements."
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • How should it add to the variety or dispel the dulness, to coerce certain families or tribes, often heterogeneous and jarring with one another, into certain artificial and mechanical groups, and call them nations, and stimulate their patriotism—_i.e._, their foolish and envious prejudices?
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • [447] She was a solvent powerful to reconcile all heterogeneous persons into one society; like air or water, an element of such a great range of affinities, that it combines readily with a thousand substances.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Blanche: Heterogeneous — types?
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • In Italy, as in England, the lady had a multitude of friends, both among the natives of the country and its heterogeneous visitors.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Now, Bildad, like Peleg, and indeed many other Nantucketers, was a Quaker, the island having been originally settled by that sect; and to this day its inhabitants in general retain in an uncommon measure the peculiarities of the Quaker, only variously and anomalously modified by things altogether alien and heterogeneous.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In Italy, as in England, the lady had a multitude of friends, both among the natives of the country and its heterogeneous visitors.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He soon manifested his familiarity with the ponderous and imposing machinery of antique physic; in which every remedy contained a multitude of far-fetched and heterogeneous ingredients, as elaborately compounded as if the proposed result had been the Elixir of Life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In proportion to the vigor of the individual, these revolutions are frequent, until in some happier mind they are incessant, and all worldly relations hang very loosely about him, becoming, as it were, a transparent fluid membrane through which the living form is seen, and not, as in most men, an indurated heterogeneous fabric of many dates, and of no settled character, in which the man is imprisoned.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • On her way back to her room she found the Countess Gemini standing in the open doorway of a little parlour in which a small collection of heterogeneous books had been arranged.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The figure has to that extent, as you see, BEEN placed—placed in the imagination that detains it, preserves, protects, enjoys it, conscious of its presence in the dusky, crowded, heterogeneous back-shop of the mind very much as a wary dealer in precious odds and ends, competent to make an "advance" on rare objects confided to him, is conscious of the rare little "piece" left in deposit by the reduced, mysterious lady of title or the speculative amateur, and which is already there to…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The figure has to that extent, as you see, BEEN placed—placed in the imagination that detains it, preserves, protects, enjoys it, conscious of its presence in the dusky, crowded, heterogeneous back-shop of the mind very much as a wary dealer in precious odds and ends, competent to make an "advance" on rare objects confided to him, is conscious of the rare little "piece" left in deposit by the reduced, mysterious lady of title or the speculative amateur, and which is already there to…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He was dressed in the loose-fitting, heterogeneous garments in which the English traveller in foreign lands is wont to consult his comfort and affirm his nationality; and with his pleasant steady eyes, his bronzed complexion, fresh beneath its seasoning, his manly figure, his minimising manner and his general air of being a gentleman and an explorer, he was such a representative of the British race as need not in any clime have been disavowed by those who have a kindness for it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • A course that lay between undue clemency and excessive rigour: the dispensation in a heterogeneous society of arbitrary classes, incessantly rearranged in terms of greater and lesser social inequality, of unbiassed homogeneous indisputable justice, tempered with mitigants of the widest possible latitude but exactable to the uttermost farthing with confiscation of estate, real and personal, to the crown.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was dressed in the loose-fitting, heterogeneous garments in which the English traveller in foreign lands is wont to consult his comfort and affirm his nationality; and with his pleasant steady eyes, his bronzed complexion, fresh beneath its seasoning, his manly figure, his minimising manner and his general air of being a gentleman and an explorer, he was such a representative of the British race as need not in any clime have been disavowed by those who have a kindness for it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • But in a second these heterogeneous elements were all united by the voice of Mr. Rodney...
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • Nevertheless, the two girls managed to bestow the heterogeneous collection with tasteful adaptation to their needs.
    Harte, Bret  --  Devil’s Ford
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