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I’d be remiss in this overview if I didn’t also mention...
  careless — especially with regard to a duty
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remiss remissness
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  • I’d be remiss in this overview if I didn’t also mention...
  • It was remiss of you not to pay your bills.
  • "Well, Sally, I’m in fault, and I acknowledge it; I’ve been remiss; but I won’t let to-morrow go by without stopping up them holes."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • He was not requesting that I cover for him or whitewash the situation in any way; rather, he was simply reminding me of one of my usual duties, as though not wanting me to be remiss.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • With an apology for my remissness, I went into my own room to get the papers from my bag.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Sometimes I thought that the fiend followed me and might expedite my remissness by murdering my companion.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A former Salem minister, George Burroughs, had had to borrow money to pay for his wife’s funeral, and, since the parish was remiss in his salary, he was soon bankrupt.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • As soon as he had apologized for the remissness of his memory, he asked me if he should send Boots for Mr. Pumblechook?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • As he passed them he said—"They are extremely handsome certainly, and you have done well to purchase them, although you were somewhat remiss not to have procured them sooner."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Not to wait upon a bride is very remiss.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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  • The chaplain shook his head, feeling despicably remiss because he did not know how to delegate responsibility and had no initiative, and because he really had been tempted to disagree with the colonel.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Faith! your ladyship must have thought me very remiss," said a voice suddenly, close to her elbow.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • While he spoke, however, the young soldier seized his rifle, and advancing toward the front, prepared to atone for his venial remissness, by freely exposing his life in defense of those he attended.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Is this owing to the generosity of him in whose possession it is found, or to the remissness of the officers of justice?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Don’t it make him, perhaps, a little more remiss than usual in his visits to his blindly-doting — eh?’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Highly remiss, in my book.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I did not return the family of Flints any thanks for their cordial invitation—a remissness for which I was, no doubt, charged with base ingratitude.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • There were heliotropes, very remiss at living up to their sun–worshipping reputations since no sunlight ever reached them; their clusters of flowers drooped sadly, their colors and scents were faded.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Grandmother went on talking in her polite Virginia way, not admitting their stark need or her own remissness, until Jake arrived with the hamper, as if in direct answer to Mrs. Shimerda’s reproaches.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • I regret to say this, Miss Kenton, but I believe you have been a little remiss in these respects.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • He resolved that never through remissness would he make himself liable to such a visitation or do or omit aught that might merit even verbal reproof.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • That he might not be remiss in his part of the engagement, he resolved to wait full two hours, on this third and last night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • It is very remiss of me.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Have I been remiss in anything?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It certainly had been very remiss of him, as Mayor, he thought, to call no meeting ere this, to discuss what should be done on this holiday.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Mr. Rushworth is never remiss.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He did not like to own that he had not as yet been to his parents’ and his dear sister Anne—a remissness for which I am sure every well-regulated person will blame the Major.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I’m awfully sorry you feel I’ve been remiss.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • From her tone Roscoe got the clear implication that he had been remiss in his duty.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I was never remiss in poisoning Alejandra’s mind against the conceits of the sorts of suitors available to her and we have both long been willing to entertain the notion of rescue arriving in whatever garb it chose.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Hamlet return’d shall know you are come home: We’ll put on those shall praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you; bring you in fine together And wager on your heads: he, being remiss, Most generous, and free from all contriving, Will not peruse the foils; so that with ease, Or with a little shuffling, you may choose A sword unbated, and, in a pass of practice, Requite him for your father.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Deliverer from new Lords, leader to free Enjoyment of our right as Gods; yet hard For Gods, and too unequal work we find, Against unequal arms to fight in pain, Against unpained, impassive; from which evil Ruin must needs ensue; for what avails Valour or strength, though matchless, quelled with pain Which all subdues, and makes remiss the hands Of mightiest?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • As a leader of a mass organization, one must listen to the people, and I agreed that we had been remiss in keeping the entire organization informed about the course of the negotiations.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • With her back supported against a tree, and sustained on one side by the young sentinel whose remissness had suffered Hetty to escape, sat the female whose expected visit had produced his delinquency.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But I am a truthful man and I am an historian and feel that I would be remiss in my duties if I did not ringingly proclaim the truth no matter where I found it or in what shape.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • You will easily believe, sir, that such a life as I am now describing must be incompatible with my further progress in learning; and that in proportion as I addicted myself more and more to loose pleasure, I must grow more and more remiss in application to my studies.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She was the oldest member of her church and it would have been unseemly if the only grandchild in her home could not be brought to these important services; she felt that if I were completely remiss in religious conformity it would cast doubt upon the stanchness of her faith, her capacity to convince and persuade, or merely upon her ability to apply the rod to my backside.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I told you: Lord Angelo, belike thinking me remiss in mine office, awakens me with this unwonted putting-on; methinks strangely, for he hath not used it before.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Her mother called her remiss and indifferent.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I would have been remiss not to.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • "Ser, you’ve been remiss in teaching our new brothers their duties."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Oh, I am being remiss.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Madame Lu once offered to put me in touch with Madame Stravinski, and I am remiss for not following up on this offer.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • I have been remiss.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Then hurriedly he begged her to forgive him; he felt he should have looked after her better, he’d been most remiss.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • What he said made sense to Mattie, but there was something remiss in his reasoning and she couldn’t quite figure out what it was.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • One man thinks justice consists in paying debts, and has no measure in his abhorrence of another who is very remiss in this duty and makes the creditor wait tediously.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I don’t think he’ll find that I have been very remiss or confused in my way of conducting them; but that’s for him to say—whoever he is—not for me.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I would be remiss in publishing a paper on relapsing fever without providing the clinician a practical way to make the diagnosis, particularly in settings where blood and serum tests are hard to come by.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "I realize that," Strassnitzky answered, "and, given such a rare opportunity, of which most men cannot even dream, I would be unforgivably remiss if I failed to seize it, would I not? I exploit it to the full."
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
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