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I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.
Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  exemption from punishment or loss
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  • I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • They spoke of eternal youth enjoyed outside the confines of loops, of jumping back and forth from future to past with impunity, suffering none of the ill effects that have always prevented such recklessness—in other words, of mastering time without being mastered by death.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Darnell’s despair, his sadness in recognizing that they could do whatever they wanted to him with impunity, was utterly disheartening.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The German soldiers acted with impunity.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • I expect to murder every Yankee I ever meet when I can do so with impunity if I live a hundred years and peace is made in six months….
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • While I had never seen her other than good-humored, she did not appear to be the sort of person to be insulted with impunity.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In consequence, the Bird flaunted his impunity and virtually ran the camp.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • They were kidnapped and sold into slavery with impunity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Arab slave traders.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The youngest was also the quietest, the one who seemed reluctant to wholeheartedly embrace his friends’ air of impunity.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The bandits are so well known and seem to operate with such impunity that Mario Campos Gutierrez, a supervisor with Grupo Beta Sur, thinks the authorities collaborate.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey

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  • Hence, there is no legal protection in fact, whatever there may be in form, for the slave population; and any amount of cruelty may be inflicted on them with impunity.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Probably not, but whoever sent the egg might be powerful enough to use force with impunity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And indeed it was very hard, that nineteen of us should be bullied by three villains, continually offending with impunity.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • My head was already teeming with plans of all the wild and wonderful things I had now impunity to do.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • "But surely," said she, "I may enter his county without impunity, and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me."
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It seemed certain that Fogg would not stop at Yokohama, but would at once take the boat for San Francisco; and the vast extent of America would ensure him impunity and safety.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Amir, the socially legitimate half, the half that represented the riches he had inherited and the sin-with-impunity privileges that came with them.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • A way to kill with impunity.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Now, one cannot read nonsense with impunity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Jurgis had once been among those who scoffed at the idea of these huge concerns cheating; and so now he could appreciate the bitter irony of the fact that it was precisely their size which enabled them to do it with impunity.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Sometimes perhaps a tramp will wander there, seeking shelter from a sudden shower of rain and, if he is stout-hearted, he may walk there with impunity.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • A lynx’s lair is not despoiled with impunity.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It might be true, indeed, that this was a life which could not, with impunity, be lived too long; else, it might make me permanently other than I had been, without transforming me into any shape which it would be worth my while to take.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • By heaven, thou shalt not rate And jeer and flout me with impunity.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • He’s not got blood enough to go in for felony with impunity.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Still, Eragon could not help but imagine what it would be like to fight with Ascudgamln, to be able to strike anything he wanted with impunity, including armored Urgals.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Divided into seven compartments by watertight bulkheads, the Scotia could brave any leak with impunity.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The boy will know by that time how to oppress with impunity.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • So, we are told, the New Hollander goes naked with impunity, while the European shivers in his clothes.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She shouted for her impatiently, knowing she could raise her voice with impunity, as Ellen was in the smokehouse, measuring out the day’s food to Cookie.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I mean that if there were, it would be impossible to draw up with impunity two such deeds as these.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Sonia, timid by nature, had felt before that day that she could be ill-treated more easily than anyone, and that she could be wronged with impunity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He felt like asking them to show a little more respect for privacy as they all began stripping off with impunity, clearly more at ease with displaying his body than they would have been with their own.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He complicated this exordium by an exposition in which he painted the power and the deeds of the cardinal, that incomparable minister, that conqueror of past ministers, that example for ministers to come—deeds and power which none could thwart with impunity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I too had touched a white man today and I felt that it had been disastrous, and I realized then that he was the only one of us whom I knew-except perhaps a barber or a nursemaid-who could touch a white man with impunity.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It was the abuse of impunity by the side of the abuse of punishment; two bad things which strove to correct each other.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Words like: viscous, impunity, paroxysm, unctuous, nefarious, onanistic, perfidious, lugubrious.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • You were not even guilty of robbery, when you might have robbed with impunity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Herds of big-horned bharal, thriving far from human habitation, watched the vehicle’s progress with impunity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • If poor Mama Elena had known that even after she was dead her presence was enough to inspire terror—and that this fear of encountering her is what provided Tita and Pedro the perfect opportunity to profane her favorite place with impunity, rolling voluptuously on Gertrudis’s bed—she would have died another hundred times over.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Only one person in the world could with impunity and without crime lie between her crisp ironed sheets after dawn, after sunup, even to the far reaches of midmorning, and that was her youngest and last born, Joe.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The next day, the town patrols were commissioned to search colored people that lived out of the city; and the most shocking outrages were committed with perfect impunity.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The scholars were hurried through their lessons without stopping at trifles; those who were nimble skipped over half with impunity, and those who were tardy had a smart application now and then in the rear, to quicken their speed or help them over a tall word.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • As if satisfied with the toil of marching through the wilderness to encounter his enemy, the French general, though of approved skill, had neglected to seize the adjacent mountains; whence the besieged might have been exterminated with impunity, and which, in the more modern warfare of the country, would not have been neglected for a single hour.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Ideals can’t be betrayed with impunity, and now we must all take the consequences.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • If he kills merely to amuse himself he would not advertise the fact, since, otherwise, he could kill with impunity.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He had an inexhaustible stock of stories about their crimes and follies, how they bribed the courts and shot down their butlers with impunity whenever they chose.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • You alone of all creatures can see death that way with impunity.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • I consider jealousy, as you know, a humiliating and degrading feeling, and I shall never allow myself to be influenced by it; but there are certain rules of decorum which cannot be disregarded with impunity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But for all his wicked power, he could not stop Eragon and Saphira from invading his realm and killing four of his most favored servants, nor Eragon from crossing the Empire with impunity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
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