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Definition being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
  • the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images
  • It had never yet, as between him and Newman, been so apposite to place on record the fact that he had not forgiven his daughter.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • But the chief peculiarity of his speech was its directness and appositeness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Marry somebody else, hay?" was the apposite remark made by His Royal Highness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • And at the same time with such apposite trenchancy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The constitution of Maryland furnishes the most apposite example.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • This, from him, so unexpectedly apposite, had the effect upon her of a Providential interposition.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • He rehearsed to himself a number of apposite speeches.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • /Rough-neck/ is a capital word; it is more apposite and savory than the English /navvy/, and it is overwhelmingly more American.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In the present case such a question would have been particularly apposite.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Here he set before me water and soap, and a comb; and laid out some clothes that belonged to his son; and here, with another apposite tag, he left me to my toilet.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • "Why, so they are, Uncle Venner," remarked Phoebe after a pause; for she had been trying to fathom the profundity and appositeness of this concluding apothegm.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • A special appositeness was given to these reflections by the discovery, in a neighbouring pew, of the serious profile and neatly-trimmed beard of Mr. Percy Gryce.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I could not at the moment recall Enoch's appositeness, so I had to ask a simple question, though I felt that by so doing I was lowering myself in the eyes of the lunatic.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Flora, however, received the remark as if it had been of a most apposite and agreeable nature; approvingly observing aloud that Mr F.'s Aunt had a great deal of spirit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • While he bestowed those of greater value on the two most distinguished warriors, one of whom was his host, he seasoned his offerings to their inferiors with such well-timed and apposite compliments, as left them no ground of complaint.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • So Frieda Mosebach, now Frau Architect Liesecke, and mother to her husband's baby, was brought up to these heights to be impressed, and, after a prolonged gaze, she said that the hills were more swelling here than in Pomerania, which was true, but did not seem to Mrs. Munt apposite.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • "A very just and apposite figure, Judge Temple," observed the sheriff; "and the garrison under the command of Jack Frost make formidable sorties—you understand what I mean by sorties, monsieur; sallies, in English— and sometimes drive General Spring and his troops back again into the low countries."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • At length, something was said by Holgrave that made it apposite for Phoebe to inquire what had first brought him acquainted with her cousin Hepzibah, and why he now chose to lodge in the desolate old Pyncheon House.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The proverbs, of which his talk was full, were for the most part not the coarse and indecent saws soldiers employ, but those folk sayings which taken without a context seem so insignificant, but when used appositely suddenly acquire a significance of profound wisdom.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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