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a baseless accusation
  without a basis in reason or fact
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  • a baseless accusation
  • A spectacularly foolish and baseless faith, against enormous odds, that a world you do not control will not take from you the one thing you cannot bear to lose.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And I regret to say that your worries are not baseless.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Her son was a blessing, and Laila was relieved to discover that her fears had proved baseless, that she loved Zalmai with the marrow of her bones, just as she did Aziza.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • Not because the story you wrote was baseless—I was in on it as much as you were.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • You accuse me of whispering baseless suspicions?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Moreover, the assertion made by various writers that his cold was the cause of his dispositions not being as well planned as on former occasions, and of his orders during the battle not being as good as previously, is quite baseless, which again shows that Napoleon’s cold on the twenty-sixth of August was unimportant.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He had still to tell her that her unflinching hope was baseless.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The anxiety was baseless.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • MESSENGER Dost thou not know thy fears are baseless all?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King

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  • Each day you could hear new rumors, usually baseless and always garbled.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It was even harder than he could have believed possible, to separate in his own conscience his abandonment by all his fellows from a baseless sense of shame and disgrace.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • This is the most baseless hallucination that ever visited the brain of a genial optimist.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Well—somebody has sent them baseless reports about us, and they say you and I ought to marry as soon as possible, for the sake of my reputation!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • They had hurled baseless accusations at me and I felt that there could be no ground of trust between us.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It implies a baseless identification of civilized man with disease and natural man with health and well-being; while to equate the literate and sophisticated milieu of second millennium Babylonia, and early first millennium Assyria, with the simple world of Homer’s or Hesiod’s Greek contemporaries, let alone that of Levi-Strauss’s Amerindians, is highly misleading.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • She knew that it was all sentiment, all baseless impressibility, which had caused her to read the scene as her own condemnation; nevertheless she could not get over it; she could not contravene in her own defenceless person all those untoward omens.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • There is hardly a servant-maid in these days who is not better informed than Miss Nancy; yet she had the essential attributes of a lady—high veracity, delicate honour in her dealings, deference to others, and refined personal habits,—and lest these should not suffice to convince grammatical fair ones that her feelings can at all resemble theirs, I will add that she was slightly proud and exacting, and as constant in her affection towards a baseless opinion as towards an erring lover.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It had been easy for me to gain a temporary effect by a mirage of baseless opinion; but it is ever the trial of the scrupulous explorer to be saluted with the impatient scorn of chatterers who attempt only the smallest achievements, being indeed equipped for no other.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But the objection is baseless.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It always appears to me (if this should prove to be a baseless assumption, I shall be pardoned), that Mr Dorrit has been accustomed to exercise influence over the minds of others.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His unrealities were the shimmering sheets of water in every low place; the baseless mountains floating in the air; the green slopes rising close at hand; beautiful buttes of dark blue riding the open sand, like monstrous barks at sea; the changing outlines of desert shapes in pink haze and veils of purple and white lustre—all illusions, all mysterious tricks of the mirage.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • No, quite the contrary; I see that society takes up a sort of antagonistic attitude to these people, which is utterly baseless, and I fancy there’s envy at the bottom of it…."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Said he: "I do remember about that strange piece of baseless folly, the result, like all other follies of the period, of the hideous class tyranny which then obtained.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • "If it proves baseless," he said.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Baseless, yes.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • OEDIPUS How baseless, if I am their very son?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • So that the anxiety caused by the public reappearance of his family name, having to do with the coronation of Remedios the Beauty, was baseless.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "Well now," said Phillotson at the conclusion, "I take it as your final word, and I know I can believe you, that the suspicion which led to her rustication is an absolutely baseless one?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • In a very few months, if anyone asks us about it, we’ll be able to tell them: you’ve been listening to baseless rumours, and we’ve never considered closing Millennium down.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • …having been drenched with thunder-storms and persecuted by other hardships, in common with all the English farmers and farm-labourers who, just at this time, were deluded into going thither by the promises of the Brazilian Government, and by the baseless assumption that those frames which, ploughing and sowing on English uplands, had resisted all the weathers to whose moods they had been born, could resist equally well all the weathers by which they were surprised on Brazilian plains.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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