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utilitarian
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She likes plain utilitarian kitchenware.
  designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
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Strongly Associated with:   utilitarianism
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  • She likes plain utilitarian kitchenware.
  • He prided himself on not letting his feelings distract from practical, utilitarian considerations.
  • Surely such a utilitarian occupation as the watering of flowers is rather Moulton’s duty than yours?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Inside was a utilitarian wooden building, and a field of corn.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain

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  • They were set in small grassless plots littered with broken things, bricks, planks, crockery, things of a once utilitarian value.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • [regarding her favorite word] "I guess I’ve been living off words for so long it’s hard to think about them beyond what’s utilitarian."
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • My parents had raised me to recognize that automobiles are there to get you from point A to point B. They are utilitarian devices, not expressions of social status.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Once the armor is on, I strap on my weaponry: scims and daggers of Serric steel, razor-sharp and graceful, especially compared to the dull, utilitarian weapons we’ve used until now.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • These were not the gray, utilitarian wagons I’d gotten used to seeing on Cairnholm, but like something from a circus, painted every color of the rainbow, sporting ornately carved roofs and doors, pulled by long-maned horses, and driven by men and women whose bodies fluttered with beaded necklaces and bright scarves.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It’s called Life Drawing, and is held on Tuesdays at the Toronto College of Art, in a large bare room, beyond which is a utilitarian stairway, then McCaul Street, then Queen with its drunks and streetcar tracks, and beyond that square, boxy Toronto.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • Mrs. Baird’s candles were far more utilitarian—plain white plumber’s can— dies—but there were a lot of them, and three folders of matches as well.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It was too tall, she would think, too unshapely, too . utilitarian.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Only one person could have designed the outfit, at first glance utterly utilitarian, at second a work of art.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • There were also large quantities of merely utilitarian literature — indispensable technical manuals, and the like — that had to be treated in the same way.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Architecture is primarily a utilitarian conception, and the problem is to elevate the principle of pragmatism into the realm of esthetic abstraction.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His own person was the exact embodiment of his utilitarian character.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Langdon followed him to the top of the stairs, into another corridor, and then through an unmarked door into a utilitarian hallway.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The last two magnets — round black utilitarian pieces that were my favorites because they could hold ten sheets of paper to the fridge without breaking a sweat — did not want to cooperate with my fixation.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • With his unbending, utilitarian, matter-of-fact face, he hardened her again; and the moment shot away into the plumbless depths of the past, to mingle with all the lost opportunities that are drowned there.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Nevertheless, Arcadio was a solitary and frightened child during the insomnia plague, in the midst of Ursula’s utilitarian fervor, during the delirium of Jose Arcadio Buendia, the hermetism of Aureliano, and the mortal rivalry between Amaranta and Rebeca.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Well, we are safe and strong, for now we sit Beside a hearth where no dim shadows flit, Where nothing cheers nor saddens, but a fire Warms feet and hands—nor does to more aspire; By whose compact utilitarian heap The present may sit down and go to sleep, Nor fear the ghosts who from the dim past walked, And with us by the unequal light of the old wood fire talked.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • They locked up the office, and the young man followed his companion through the private little door which, admitting directly into Henchard’s garden, permitted a passage from the utilitarian to the beautiful at one step.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But this was not only due to her limited time and the danger of being taken by surprise, it was also her nature that caused her letters to avoid emotional pitfalls and confine themselves to relating the events of her daily life in the utilitarian style of a ship’s log.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • If Phaedrus had entered science for ambitious or utilitarian purposes it might never have occurred to him to ask questions about the nature of a scientific hypothesis as an entity in itself.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It has no connection with anything in the world that I’ve ever been interested in, except a slim, utilitarian connection with economics.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Western clothes were brought from several shops, clothes that struck Marie as odd; they seemed drab and utilitarian, neat but dreary.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It borrowed from the nineteenth-century utilitarian philosophers, from the notion that one should provide the greatest good for the greatest number, and it was expressed in a language of realism.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • For example, prompted by the sight of the star inserted in the Victory’s quarter-deck designating the spot where the Great Sailor fell, these martial utilitarians may suggest considerations implying that Nelson’s ornate publication of his person in battle was not only unnecessary, but not military, nay, savored of foolhardiness and vanity.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The jolly tombstone-yard, where a utilitarian sculptor in a red calfskin overcoat whistled as he hammered the shiniest of granite headstones.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But also briskly utilitarian — run on the North American mill-town factory principle of quick processing, and dedicated to the greatest happiness of the greatest number, no matter how grim and minimal the quality of that happiness may be.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • In some cases, the front porches were sagging and had been propped up by an assortment of utilitarian items to keep them from giving way completely: concrete blocks or stacked bricks; two-by-fours that protruded from below like short chopsticks.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • It is possible that there was this golden legend under the utilitarian one: "I will help to my last effort the woman I have loved so dearly."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • As her social talents, backed by Mr. Trenor’s bank-account, almost always assured her ultimate triumph in such competitions, success had developed in her an unscrupulous good nature toward the rest of her sex, and in Miss Bart’s utilitarian classification of her friends, Mrs. Trenor ranked as the woman who was least likely to "go back" on her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The fresh harrow-lines seemed to stretch like the channellings in a piece of new corduroy, lending a meanly utilitarian air to the expanse, taking away its gradations, and depriving it of all history beyond that of the few recent months, though to every clod and stone there really attached associations enough and to spare—echoes of songs from ancient harvest-days, of spoken words, and of sturdy deeds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He had a utilitarian approach to clothes, as.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Their utilitarian value was not understood, and now it was too late.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • We need daylight and to that extent it is utilitarian, but moonlight we do not need.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • My costume for traveling was utilitarian if a trifle bizarre.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • For me it’s purely justice-not so much utilitarian, but aesthetic.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Six pairs of moccasins, me decorative, some very utilitarian, lay side by side under her dresses.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • It is too big a city for that; its streets are too dirty, its buildings too coarsely utilitarian.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • But Blanca soon discovered that she was bored making utilitarian objects, and that it was far more amusing to make statues of animals and people.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Hiro’s been around the Metaverse long enough to know that despite the bright cheery appearance of this thing, it is, in fact, as simple and utilitarian as an Army camp.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • You remind me of the radical cobblers in the silly old novels, who, according to the authors, were prepared to trample down all good manners in the pursuit of utilitarian knowledge.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • But do you notice how, three hundred miles beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-boat lines, the haggard utilitarian lies of our civilisation wither and die, to be replaced by pure exercises of imagination, that have the futility, often the charm, and sometimes the deep hidden truthfulness, of works of art?
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • What we observe here is nothing less than the difference between what is utilitarian and what is humane.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The room was gray and lighted with fluorescent lights; the tone was sparsely utilitarian, and Comroe found it unpleasant.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Phaedrus didn’t understand this attitude, didn’t know what to do about it, and because he wasn’t a student of science for personal or utilitarian reasons, it just stopped him completely.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It was bound to life, and so merely utilitarian—unheroic, miserably so.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Utilitarian economists, skeletons of schoolmasters, Commissioners of Fact, genteel and used-up infidels, gabblers of many little dog’s-eared creeds, the poor you will have always with you.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
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Associated words [difficulty]:   utilitarian [6] , utilitarianism [9] , utopia [5] , dystopia [7] , utilitarianism [9]
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