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English is illogical. For example, if tongue is pronounced tung, why isn’t argue pronounced arg.
  not reasonable (not logical)
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illogical illogically illogicality
Standard Prefix:  When used as a prefix, "il" often means "not" as in illegal, illegitimate, or illiterate.
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  • English is illogical. For example, if tongue is pronounced tung, why isn’t argue pronounced arg.
  • She remains stubbornly illogical on that subject.
  • He has reached an illogical conclusion.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Too many voices, too much scattered, illogical, ill-considered criticism.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise

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  • It is hardly my fault if his lordship’s life and work have turned out today to look, at best, a sad waste - and it is quite illogical that I should feel any regret or shame on my own account.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Like Evan Walker, discordant, illogical, and just damn strange.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Yeah, but the reasoning was illogical.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The second thing which was bothering me was so unusual that I must give it special emphasis, if only because it demonstrates the basic illogicality of the human mind when not under proper disciplinary control.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Is she illogical?
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The most irrational part of all was that I still didn’t want to believe he would kill me, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t smother that illogical speck of trust.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush

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  • Despite my earlier despair, I began to feel a faint flicker of illogical hope.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The idea that there’s just one person in the world you’re meant to be with, it’s illogical, she said.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Being illogical does?
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It was so familiar to me, and despite being completely absurd and illogical, I knew in that moment that I was not just Travis Coates who died and came back from the dead.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • "Help," I sob and scream, insensible, illogical.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • It’s quite illogical and impossible and wonderful.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I never heard anything so illogical as that in my life!
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It was totally illogical.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Sometimes creativity seems wasteful, illogical . unless it’s done for a greater purpose.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Maybe it was illogical—what could she really do to him?—but there it was.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • I fight an illogical urge to explain this and continue on my way.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The raptors were closer, starting to move apart, and illogically she thought: Isn’t this always the way?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He snatched it off the cradle, illogically sure it must be either Ullman or Al Shockley.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • My first illogical thought was that Alice was playing some joke on us.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He found his room in a state of weird and illogical con— fusion.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • This is not so illogical if you realize three things: that a stint in India will beat the restlessness out of any living creature; that a little money can go a long way there; and that a novel set in Portugal in 1939 may have very little to do with Portugal in 1939.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I gritted my teeth together to keep my illogical terror from showing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He was still comparatively young, he was surrounded by the loving care of a devoted family, but he had convinced himself by a course of reasoning, illogical perhaps, yet certainly plausible, that he must separate himself from all he held dear in the world, even life itself.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Were they illogical in believing that theirs was only to wish, to wish with no concern for the possible-and that his was to fulfill their wishes, by means they did not have to know or name?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A thing so triumphantly illogical, so beautifully senseless as an army can’t allow a question to weaken it.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It would be illogical to expect it to feel pain at this separation from another lettuce with which it had never spoken, nor established any type of communication, and which it only knew from its outer leaves, unaware that there were many others hidden inside it.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • She doesn’t think; her real depths are Irish and romantic and illogical.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "Don’t you fuss at him!" cried Scarlett illogically, raising her head abruptly from Melanie’s shoulder, her coarse black hair tumbling out from its net and her face streaked with tears.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It was as if he said, illogical and desperately calm, All right.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The line of battle waves and undulates like a thread, the trails of blood gush illogically, the fronts of the armies waver, the regiments form capes and gulfs as they enter and withdraw; all these reefs are continually moving in front of each other.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It’s illogical that women, who are the bearers and nurturers of the human race, should go all out for ill will like this.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • That was the most illogical Thanksgiving he could ever remember spending, and his thoughts returned wishfully to his halcyon fourteen-day quarantine in the hospital the year before; but even that idyll had ended on a tragic note; he was still in good health when the quarantine period was over, and they told him again that he had to get out and go to war.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He thought his apprehension illogical.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • "I don’t know," returned Carrie, still illogically drifting and finding nothing at which to catch.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • As Socrates so philosophically put it, since we don’t know what death is, it is illogical to fear it.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Mr. Beebe, sitting unnoticed in the window, pondered this illogical element in Miss Honeychurch, and recalled the occasion at Tunbridge Wells when he had discovered it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "Well, so long as I haven’t—" said Catherine illogically.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Now, though his conviction that jealousy was a shameful feeling and that one ought to feel confidence, had not broken down, he felt that he was standing face to face with something illogical and irrational, and did not know what was to be done.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It seemed then that she had never existed That she had been some illogical, fantastical dream that, was too precious and too personal for me ever to confide in anyone.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • "No," came the illogical reply.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • This may appear illogical, but I dare say it is not so illogical as it looks.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • The sequence was illogical—the drowning scene, followed by a rescue, should have preceded the marriage proposal.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He was firm and determined and went blindly and obstinately for his object, if once he had been brought by any reasons (and they were often very illogical ones) to believe that it was immutably right.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
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