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as in:  domestic happiness

We share the domestic chores.
  relating to a home or family
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domestic domestically domestics domesticity
Strongly Associated with:   domesticated
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  • We share the domestic chores.
  • My great grandmother worked in London as a domestic servant.
  • The health insurance extends benefits to unwed domestic partners regardless of sex.
  • The group helps victims of domestic violence.

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  • England’s national census of 1911 showed 1.3 million domestic servants, 1.2 million agricultural workers, and 971,000 coal miners.
  • For the life of her, Jean Louise could not disentangle Zeebo’s domestic history.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He pulls the sponge out of my hands and turns off the tap while I go clear off the rest of the table and dump the dishes in the sink. We’ve fallen into an oddly domestic pattern...
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Most of the people who left our coast went to Arabian homes as domestic servants.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Other people thought it was about female slavery, others that it was a stereotyping of women in negative and trivial domestic roles.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "I have to tell you that I smell something out of the ordinary, something that is not usually smelled within the confines of the human domestic sphere," said William Spiver.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • ’I think it would be nice,’ said Bobbie, ’to marry someone very poor, and then you’d do all the work and he’d love you most frightfully, and see the blue wood smoke curling up among the trees from the domestic hearth as he came home from work every night.’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • They had white domestic awnings in front, and the country people hitched their horses to the awning-posts.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • An oppressive odor met us when we crossed the threshold, an odor I had met many times in rain-rotted gray houses where there are coal-oil lamps, water dippers, and unbleached domestic sheets.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I’ve come to get more books for Aibileen and check if anything’s ever been written about domestic help.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • neglect his domestic duties
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • But I am not domestic.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Moreover, their desire for domesticity and the companionship of other adults, as well as pups, is apparently met by the communal nature of the family group.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • They’ll be thrilled to see any sign of domesticity on my part," Jen said.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I’m temperamentally unsuited to domesticity.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Thirty horses stood in his stables, twenty-four male domestics sat in his halls, six body-women waited on his wife.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • ’Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,’ was the reflection suggested by this compound order.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • A large crowd of militiamen and domestics were moving toward her, and in their midst several men were supporting by the armpits and dragging along a little old man in a uniform and decorations.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He sat down quietly to breakfast in his cabin, never once thinking of inspecting the town, being one of those Englishmen who are wont to see foreign countries through the eyes of their domestics.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • This personage had been exerting himself, with great alacrity, in driving all the flock of domestics to the other end of the verandah.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • These utterly obsolete personages were served by domestics of the same stamp.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The Corner Institutional dourness and cheerful domesticity coexist on the fourth floor of the Finney County Courthouse.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Teresa saw herself rich, superbly attired, and attended by a train of liveried domestics.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A general movement among the domestics, and a low sound of gentle voices, announced the approach of those whose presence alone was wanted to enable the cavalcade to move.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Throwbacks to domesticity.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Ethan had an idea that if she were to marry a man she was fond of the dormant instinct would wake, and her pies and biscuits become the pride of the county; but domesticity in the abstract did not interest her.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The companies did not encourage the women to come—they did not want an influx of poor colored settlers in those towns—but the women came anyway and took jobs as domestics and farm helpers in the towns, and lived wherever housing was free or dirt cheap.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • When I came there I found the young creature almost starved; I gave it some food, and tied it as before: but there was no occasion, for it followed me like a dog; and, as I constantly fed it, it became so loving, gentle, and fond, that it commenced one of my domestics, and would never leave me.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • An establishment was also made of six hundred persons to be my domestics, who had board-wages allowed for their maintenance, and tents built for them very conveniently on each side of my door.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • They went to work as day laborers and domestics and construction workers, jobs where you could show up for work every day for thirty years and never learn market research and manufacturing and how to navigate the popular culture and how to negotiate with the Yankees, who ran the world.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • After this long conversation the old man ordered a coach and six sheep to be got ready, and twelve of his domestics to conduct the travellers to Court.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Mrs. Bruce returned immediately, to instruct the domestics what to say if any one came to inquire for me.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Our plain manner of living, our small rooms and few domestics, and the little we see of the world, must make Hunsford extremely dull to a young lady like yourself; but I hope you will believe us grateful for the condescension, and that we have done everything in our power to prevent your spending your time unpleasantly.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Traddles being a part of our domesticity, I should much like to have your opinion on Mr. Micawber’s prospects.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Elaine and the domestics sat in these galleries to watch, and the two knights fought beneath them for a long time.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Excitement was at its height among the Musketeers and their allies, and they even began to deliberate whether they should not set fire to the hotel to punish the insolence of M. de la Tremouille’s domestics in daring to make a SORTIE upon the king’s Musketeers.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Despite the tableau of domesticity, she was still a Shadowhunter.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • How could they know whether the girls working as domestics were all right—whether the young people on the farms were eating adequately—whether the boys who had left the road camps were managing in the cities?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Can you picture it, this splendid domesticity, dim lamps, the vampire father singing to the vampire daughter?
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But we had no money, no intelligence apparatus, either in government, business or labor unions; and no communications with our own people except through unsympathetic newspapers, a few Pullman porters who brought provincial news from distant cities and a group of domestics who reported the fairly uninteresting private lives of their employers.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Also, for the purpose of her cure, he had for many years pretended to a rigid domesticity from which he was drifting away, and this pretense became more arduous in this effortless immobility, in which he was inevitably subjected to microscopic examination.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But often there were sheets and towels hanging to dry through the bars of windows, and this touch of domesticity always gave them hope.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • And one must be master of all the principles of hygiene in order to direct, criticize the construction of buildings, the feeding of animals, the diet of domestics.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Inside, in the servants’ part of the house, the half-clad domestics were talking in low whispers to each other.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • In yon great, muckle house, with all these domestics, upper and under, show yourself as nice, as circumspect, as quick at the conception, and as slow of speech as any.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
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