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A prepossessing appearance
  creating a favorable impression ahead of time
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  • A prepossessing appearance
  • It did not seem very prepossessing.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • They are very picturesque, but do not look prepossessing.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Attracted by his prepossessing appearance, he renewed his offers of an engagement to Dantes; but Dantes, who had his own projects, would not agree for a longer time than three months.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • These natural graces in the quadroon are often united with beauty of the most dazzling kind, and in almost every case with a personal appearance prepossessing and agreeable.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • —But in those who are at all inferior, it is extremely prepossessing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Simply as a descriptive touch, or with the idea of prepossessing me in favour of Mr. Luzhin?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Marguerite said nothing for a moment or two, as she surveyed with obvious delight the not very prepossessing little figure before her.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The workman replied, "Senor, this gentleman here" (pointing to a man of prepossessing appearance and a certain gravity of look) "has translated an Italian book into our Spanish tongue, and I am setting it up in type for the press."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Her manners were by no means so elegant as her sister’s, but they were much more prepossessing.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility

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  • He was quite a young gentleman of pleasure now, and not quite a prepossessing one.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I immediately became much interested in Linda; for her appearance was prepossessing, and her deportment indicated remarkable delicacy of feeling and purity of thought.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The situation was not prepossessing—Augustine was a strong woman and could be disarmed only at the risk of serious results to herself—and severe legal complications which were the lot of one who molested a French citizen.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • A few paces apart, crouching down upon the threshold of the hostelry, the mother, not a very prepossessing woman, by the way, though touching at that moment, was swinging the two children by means of a long cord, watching them carefully, for fear of accidents, with that animal and celestial expression which is peculiar to maternity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His appearance was rather suspicious than prepossessing, especially as, instead of doffing his bonnet, he pulled it still deeper over his rugged brow.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • For the rest, he was fifty or thereabouts, a little inclined to corpulence, a prepossessing face, unwhiskered, and of an agreeable color—a rather full face, humanely intelligent in expression.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • She looked at him with great admiration, and even supposed it possible that some people might think him handsomer than his brother, though, in her eyes, his air was more assuming, and his countenance less prepossessing.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • He seemed about five-and-twenty years of age, and was of the middle height; his countenance was frank and handsome; and his demeanor easy and prepossessing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Lavinia is sure of it, and, as he is a very prepossessing youth, you might give him the benefit of the doubt.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • They’re not a prepossessing-looking couple.’
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • As to my situation — Kingston is not a very prepossessing town, as it was burned to the ground some two decades ago and has been rebuilt with charmless dispatch.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Mr Squeers’s appearance was not prepossessing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I’m not prepossessing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The natural query of an observer would have been, Why should such a promising being as this have hidden his prepossessing exterior by adopting that singular occupation?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Miss Crawford found a sister without preciseness or rusticity, a sister’s husband who looked the gentleman, and a house commodious and well fitted up; and Mrs. Grant received in those whom she hoped to love better than ever a young man and woman of very prepossessing appearance.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • But he WAS in love with her, the prepossessing young man; and all these restrictions of circumstance had ended by irritating him.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • As everybody knows, fine feathers make fine birds; a peasant girl but very moderately prepossessing to the casual observer in her simple condition and attire will bloom as an amazing beauty if clothed as a woman of fashion with the aids that Art can render; while the beauty of the midnight crush would often cut but a sorry figure if placed inside the field-woman’s wrapper upon a monotonous acreage of turnips on a dull day.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Now, you know, so very prepossessing in the lady with the veil!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Near at hand it was decidedly not prepossessing.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • She was young, probably not over twenty-five, and not quite so prepossessing at close range.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • When Monsieur Rigaud laughed, a change took place in his face, that was more remarkable than prepossessing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • But the lines of an uncommonly prepossessing countenance were gradually becoming composed; and he now sat silent, and apparently musing.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • She had large black eyes and her nose was slightly aquiline; in profile she had somewhat the look of a bird of prey, but full face she was prepossessing.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Small, not prepossessing, certainly not strong, she was wedded to the old saw "Spare the rod and spoil the child" and feared that unless my misbehaviors were corrected with corporal punishment my character would become soft and corrupt.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • But he WAS in love with her, the prepossessing young man; and all these restrictions of circumstance had ended by irritating him.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • ’I only wish you had come upon me in a more prepossessing condition as to coolness.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • If there was much that was prepossessing in the countenance of the young hunter, there was something even noble in the rounded outlines of his head and brow.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I had not expected, brother, to find her so…. prepossessing.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A very heavy mat of sandy hair, in a decidedly tousled condition, and a beard of some days’ growth, gave the worthy man an appearance, to say the least, not particularly prepossessing.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The furniture was formal, grave, and quaker-like, but well-kept; and had as prepossessing an aspect as anything, from a human creature to a wooden stool, that is meant for much use and is preserved for little, can ever wear.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • There was one comfort; even if this gentleman had been placed on his guard by Madame Merle he would not have extended the warning to Pansy; it would not have been part of his policy to let her know that a prepossessing young man was in love with her.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • It is true that he is forty-five years old, but he is of a fairly prepossessing appearance and might still be thought attractive by women, and he is altogether a very respectable and presentable man, only he seems a little morose and somewhat conceited.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • She’s most prepossessing….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Miss Wisk, whom I cannot report as prepossessing in appearance, and whose manner was grim, listened to the proceedings, as part of woman’s wrongs, with a disdainful face.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Miss Squeers reasoned that she was prepossessing and beautiful, and that her father was master, and Nicholas man, and that her father had saved money, and Nicholas had none, all of which seemed to her conclusive arguments why the young man should feel only too much honoured by her preference.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Why should Gowan, very much the superior of Blandois of Paris, and very well able to pull that prepossessing gentleman to pieces and find out the stuff he was made of, take up with such a man?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • There was one comfort; even if this gentleman had been placed on his guard by Madame Merle he would not have extended the warning to Pansy; it would not have been part of his policy to let her know that a prepossessing young man was in love with her.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • ’Now, Papa Meagles, Papa Meagles,’ said Mrs Gowan, who became extremely deliberate and prepossessing in manner whenever that gentleman became at all warm, ’perhaps to prevent confusion, I had better speak for myself than trouble your kindness to speak for me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His manner was as unaffected as theirs, and his demeanour full of that heartiness which, to most people who have anything generous in their composition, is peculiarly prepossessing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • His reflections were interrupted by a grey-haired man of a very remarkable, though far from prepossessing appearance, who, coming stealthily towards him, solicited relief.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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