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She said it in her inimitable style.
  impossible to imitate
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inimitable inimitably inimitability
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Usually said of something desirable — especially of a person’s manner or creations.
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  • She said it in her inimitable style.
  • Distracted from the road, Colin watched as she gave him the slightest version of her inimitable smile.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • To wit, the necessary and all-too-healthy severance of my relationship with the sweet siren of Cracow—that inimitable, that incomparable, that tragically faithless daughter of joy, Poland’s gem and gift to the concupiscent chiropractors of Flatbush—Sophie Zawistowska!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • THE PEOPLE [OF NEW YORK]-WHY THE PEOPLE ARE MAGNIFICENT; IN THEIR CARRIAGES, WHICH ARE NUMEROUS, IN THEIR HOUSE FURNITURE, WHICH IS FINE, IN THEIR PRIDE AND CONCEIT, WHICH ARE INIMITABLE, IN THEIR PROFANENESS, WHICH IS INTOLERABLE, IN THE WANT OF PRINCIPLE, WHICH IS PREVALENT, AND IN THEIR TORYISM, WHICH IS INSUFFERABLE.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains

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  • But the spirit and the movements were those inimitable and unteachable Russian ones that "Uncle" had expected of her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was a Sunday night, the end of a three-day weekend for Daddy, a weekend which he had boozed away in his usual inimitable style.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He suddenly heard an echo of Captain Adolfsson’s inimitable voice from winter manoeuvres at the infantry school in Kiruna.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • But Hobbits have never, in fact, studied magic of any kind, and their elusiveness is due solely to a professional skill that heredity and practice, and a close friendship with the earth, have rendered inimitable by bigger and clumsier races.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Maxim was always at the other end of the room, showing a book to a bore, or pointing out a picture, playing the perfect host in his own inimitable way, and the business of tea was a side-issue that did not matter to him.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • In poetry, they must be allowed to excel all other mortals; wherein the justness of their similes, and the minuteness as well as exactness of their descriptions, are indeed inimitable.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • Is not this room rich in specimens of your landscapes and flowers; and has not Mrs. Weston some inimitable figure-pieces in her drawing-room, at Randalls?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The world of motor-cars and rural Deans receded inimitably.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Our two inimitable drolls did a roaring trade with their broadsheets among lovers of the comedy element and nobody who has a corner in his heart for real Irish fun without vulgarity will grudge them their hardearned pennies.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Our Agatha was inimitable, and the duke was thought very great by many.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • By the way, where is that inimitable wit?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • ’H|xo<; h’ Tipryeveia 4>avT| po8o8aKTuXo<; Hais It is possible that by Homer’s time even he could not have said precisely what the two epithets in this line meant-and there are a number of others of which the same is true-but the line had been kept for its fragrance, a fragrance of Dawn, inimitable and unsurpassable, no more boring in its recurrence than Dawn itself.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He was well acquainted with the way dilettanti have (the cleverer they were the worse he found them) of looking at the works of contemporary artists with the sole object of being in a position to say that art is a thing of the past, and that the more one sees of the new men the more one sees how inimitable the works of the great old masters have remained.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • At regular intervals, among the inimitable ornamentation of their leaves, which can be mistaken for those of no other fruit-tree, the apple-trees were exposing their broad petals of white satin, or hanging in shy bunches their unopened, blushing buds.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • From the point of view I speak of that would be fatal; I should kill the goose that supplies me with the material of my inimitable omelettes.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She could not do so, without comparing herself with Miss Larolles, the inimitable Miss Larolles; but still she did it, and not with much happier effect; though by what seemed prosperity in the shape of an early abdication in her next neighbours, she found herself at the very end of the bench before the concert closed.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • …globe the Fiend found as he passed, And long he wandered, till at last a gleam Of dawning light turned thither-ward in haste His travelled steps: far distant he descries Ascending by degrees magnificent Up to the wall of Heaven a structure high; At top whereof, but far more rich, appeared The work as of a kingly palace-gate, With frontispiece of diamond and gold Embellished; thick with sparkling orient gems The portal shone, inimitable on earth By model, or by shading pencil, drawn.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • In the light of the incredible, the soul for the first time saw the body as something other than banal; for the first time it looked on the body with fascination: all the body’s matchless, inimitable, unique qualities had suddenly come to the fore.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I would visit Mun Eddings, who lived in two very dirty rooms, and ask why little Lugene, whose flaming face seemed ever ablaze with the dark-red hair uncombed, was absent all last week, or why I missed so often the inimitable rags of Mack and Ed. Then the father, who worked Colonel Wheeler’s farm on shares, would tell me how the crops needed the boys; and the thin, slovenly mother, whose face was pretty when washed, assured me that Lugene must mind the baby.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Again I changed my dress, again I sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which he told inimitably.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He told it inimitably, but it was the story of a failure.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • When he had been enlightened, he turned to Newman with an inimitable elderly grace.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Now and again words issue of pure poetry: Nor will in fading silks compose, Faintly the inimitable rose.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • That two such masses should touch with inimitable delicacy prompted Alessandro to think of the sea and the shore.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • From the point of view I speak of that would be fatal; I should kill the goose that supplies me with the material of my inimitable omelettes.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Ambitious fool! with horny hoofs to pass O’er hollow arches of resounding brass, To rival thunder in its rapid course, And imitate inimitable force!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • They both jumped at scuttling sounds, though the Spaniard made some inimitable Spanish noise that sounded as though it might have, before now, made rats go back.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • They both jumped at scuttling sounds, though the Spaniard made some inimitable Spanish noise that sounded as though it might have, before now, made rats go back.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • And the way her mouth curled up on the right side all the time, like she was preparing to smirk, like she’d mastered the right half of the Mona Lisa’s inimitable smile ….
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • But she no longer had a moment to give him and took no notice of his mutterings except for turning to him now and then with a tranquil, puzzled look or bursting into her inimitable, candid, silvery laughter.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • A fine, powerful voice aroused them from their momentary silence, as it rang under the branches of the trees, singing the following words of that inimitable doggerel, whose verses, if extended, would reach from the Caters of the Connecticut to the shores of Ontario.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The sonnets, though their excellence is lost in the splendor of the dramas, are as inimitable as they: and it is not a merit of lines, but a total merit of the piece; like the tone of voice of some incomparable person, so is this a speech of poetic beings, and any clause as unproducible now as a whole poem.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • New Yorkers, however, were another matter, as he reported to his adored Lucy : The people—why the people are magnificent : in their carriages, which are numerous, in their house furniture, which is fine, in their pride and conceit, which are inimitable, in their profaneness, which is intolerable, in the want of principle, which is prevalent, in their Toryism, which is insufferable.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Men of letters, following in the painters’ wake, conspired suddenly to find artistic value in the turns; and red-nosed comedians were lauded to the skies for their sense of character; fat female singers, who had bawled obscurely for twenty years, were discovered to possess inimitable drollery; there were those who found an aesthetic delight in performing dogs; while others exhausted their vocabulary to extol the distinction of conjurers and trick-cyclists.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • She said: "The seeress who brought you the legend, she gave it under the binding of karama and ijaz, the miracle and the inimitability of the prophecy—this I know.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It’s not a black lie, moreover, you know," the Countess inimitably added.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • (Could but thy flagstones, curbs, facades, tell their inimitable tales; Thy windows rich, and huge hotels—thy side-walks wide;) Thou of the endless sliding, mincing, shuffling feet!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Later in the morning, and just as the girls were going to separate in preparation for the regular four o’clock dinner, the hero of this inimitable charade walked in again.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • 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
  • That was inimitably beautiful, and we, who were as hard as rock and inured to simulations of despair, sat in the darkness and cried.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He made love to her for a very long time, constantly scanning her red-blotched face for that frightened expression of a woman whom someone has tripped and who is falling, the inimitable expression that moments earlier had conveyed excitement to his brain.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She declared that in England the pleasures of smell were great—that in this inimitable island there was a certain mixture of fog and beer and soot which, however odd it might sound, was the national aroma, and was most agreeable to the nostril; and she used to lift the sleeve of her British overcoat and bury her nose in it, inhaling the clear, fine scent of the wool.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • For in such a solitude as I desired, I could at least enjoy my own thoughts, and reflect with delight on the virtues of those inimitable Houyhnhnms, without an opportunity of degenerating into the vices and corruptions of my own species.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Dead Tenor As down the stage again, With Spanish hat and plumes, and gait inimitable, Back from the fading lessons of the past, I’d call, I’d tell and own, How much from thee! the revelation of the singing voice from thee!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • At first Alessandro tried to believe that he had boarded the train to Venice because he had a week of vacation remaining, and suddenly a conveniently empty train was ready to take him to a Venice without tourists, in a season that could be either misty or inimitably golden.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • She declared that in England the pleasures of smell were great—that in this inimitable island there was a certain mixture of fog and beer and soot which, however odd it might sound, was the national aroma, and was most agreeable to the nostril; and she used to lift the sleeve of her British overcoat and bury her nose in it, inhaling the clear, fine scent of the wool.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
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