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She had not yet lost the last vestige of hope.
  a trace of something — especially as an indication that it was previously there
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vestiges vestige vestigial
In biology, vestige (especially in the form vestigial) references a part of the body that is underdeveloped and no longer used, but which formally was an important body part. As in:  Darwin believed vestigial organs are evidence of evolution.
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  • She had not yet lost the last vestige of hope.
  • The garden, with its golden apples (oranges), is gone now—no vestige of it remains.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.
    William James
  • The mention of Levin’s name seemed to deprive Kitty of the last vestige of self-control.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina

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  • Every vestige of winter was gone from the valley.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • the only vestiges left in Mr. L. Prosser of his mighty ancestry were a pronounced stoutness about the tum and a predilection for little fur hats.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He sat in his car and prepared the last vestiges of the face he had been giving authorities for decades—the face of a bland man they might pity or despise but never blame.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • But I saw no vestige of my white figures.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • All vestige of gracious living! Gone completely!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie

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  • I only ask so that I can focus my thoughts on the group and perhaps pick up any vestiges of a possible Imprint among them.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Not a vestige of it was to be seen.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • ... a darkness sucking any last vestiges of hope from his heart.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • In order to remove the last vestige of value from this piece of furniture, Father went over to it and pushed his finger under the loose veneer, which snapped off, leaving a strip of bare wood behind it.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • in his high school days Abel Martinson had been moderately restless, that in the interim between then and now he had changed, and that this truck was the last vestige of his former self:
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • You, on the other hand, Jason, may be the last great vestige of hope in our family.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • Of course there are some more recent outcroppings, ... some vestiges of Mesozoic shale, but these are comparatively new— perhaps two or three hundred million years.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • And Charley, who still had vestiges of his Chicago grooming, waded in the water and became his old dirty self again.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Just like that, every vestige of imagined stability ... has come unraveled.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • The anatomical illusion that had seemed so real slowly disappeared and—like so much we no longer need but can’t give up—became vestigial.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • ...most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied or vestigial sexual organs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • All vestiges of the feudal system with its oppression of the poor were abolished.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Jane clutched at her head, knocking out hairpins and destroying the last vestige of her attempt at a hairstyle.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • The last vestige of feudal arrangements between maker and viewer.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • To Travis, those days seemed like the innocent vestiges of another era.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • With the last vestige of consciousness she jerked her mind and body.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • But she had hoped, as she bent and laid her face against his, that there was some lingering vestige of him that would register her presence.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Soccer team rosters, citations at the end of journals, introductions at faculty meetings—always they seem to her some vestige of the prison lists that never contained her father’s name.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • My thoughts drift off with the last vestiges of my energy and adrenaline, leaving me with the all too familiar feeling of nausea I’ve come to know well.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The room was black as pitch, silent, with the vestigial odor of mildew left from the days of noninhabitation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A twenty-three-year-old printer from Philadelphia, a private in the 71st Pennsylvania wounded while helping to repel Pickett’s assault at Gettysburg, wrote to his father that any sacrifice was worth the cost, "for what is home with all its endearments, if we have not a country freed from every vestige of the anarchy, and the tyrannical and blood thirsty despotism which threatens on every side to overwhelm us?"
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • And because I was not yet completely lost, perhaps because the Presbyterian ethic still exercised some vestigial hold on me, I would try again that night—would try with all my passion and might, to no avail.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Grace, tame as well, though with sneaky vestiges of wild.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Jenny’s face, normally pale, lost all vestiges of color.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Any vestigial hope that her mother had fled the house and hidden somewhere disappeared.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The conquered slave has a vestige of honor.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • At opposite ends of the field, there were rusty chain-link backstops, the vestiges of a long-defunct Little League baseball program.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There is a vestige of decency, a sense of shame, that does much to curb and check those outbreaks of atrocious cruelty so commonly enacted upon the plantation.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • They were sitting at either end of the couch, looking at each other as if some question had been asked, or was in the air, and every vestige of embarrassment was gone.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He sprang round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of colour had been driven from his face.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Deeper it goes, and deeper into the wilderness, less plainly to be seen at every step; until some few miles hence the yellow leaves will show no vestige of the white man’s tread.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • We do see vestigial signs of automobiles in our village, but they resemble the signs of life you would dig up in a graveyard if you were inclined to that pastime.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • We found not the slightest vestige of the girl.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • As night advanced I placed a variety of combustibles around the cottage, and after having destroyed every vestige of cultivation in the garden, I waited with forced impatience until the moon had sunk to commence my operations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He had been haunted his whole life by a mild case of claustrophobia-the vestige of a childhood incident he had never quite overcome.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The whole front of it was covered by a large scarlet bignonia and a native multiflora rose, which, entwisting and interlacing, left scarce a vestige of the rough logs to be seen.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Walking this gnarled shore one summer afternoon, I blundered upon a matrix of faint stone rectangles embedded in the tundra: vestiges of the monks’ ancient dwellings, hundreds of years older, even, than the Anasazi ruins in Davis Gulch.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He looked anxiously round; not an article of furniture; not a vestige of anything, animate or inanimate; not even the position of the cupboards; answered Oliver’s description!
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Beneath the Cloak he could feel the last vestiges of Polyjuice leaving him, his hands returning to their usual length and shape.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It was therefore necessary, before everything else, and at all risks, that I should cause all traces of the past to disappear—that I should destroy every material vestige; too much reality would always remain in my recollection.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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