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  • I have been working very hard lately, because I want to keep up with Jonathan's studies, and I have been practising shorthand very assiduously.   (source)
    assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
  • During the week that preceded the making of the packet she observed a strict regimen and cultivated the city assiduously for material.   (source)
  • Mrs. Cutter painted china so assiduously that even her wash-bowls and pitchers, and her husband's shaving-mug, were covered with violets and lilies.   (source)
    assiduously = diligently and persistently
  • They were all too assiduously engaged to talk to us as we passed.   (source)
    assiduously = diligently (marked by care and persistent effort)
  • He bended his head sideways as he assiduously polished away with a napkin at the gleaming wood.   (source)
    assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
  • It remained to ascertain whether the priests were watching by the side of their victim as assiduously as were the soldiers at the door.   (source)
  • she cried trying assiduously to give a stern expression to her face, into which he was gazing greedily.   (source)
  • Next noontide saw the admirable woman in her usual place in the wine-shop, knitting away assiduously.   (source)
  • Then she got rid of the Homais family, successively dismissed all the other visitors, and even frequented church less assiduously,   (source)
    assiduously = diligently (with care and persistence)
  • 'I'm sorry for it, Miss Catherine,' was my response; and I proceeded assiduously with my occupation.   (source)
    assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
  • No, madame; but they who so assiduously try to buy things cheap ought to permit others to seek more generous friends.   (source)
  • Holding a microscope to the first-mentioned red ant, I saw that, though he was assiduously gnawing at the near fore leg of his enemy...   (source)
  • Eva stole away; but after that, she assiduously gave Mammy reading lessons.   (source)
  • I made it out to the sidewalk, so far so good, but a few houses farther north of me the neighbours had not been so assiduous as Walter about their shovelling, and I got trapped in a drift, and floundered, slipped, and fell.†   (source)
  • Tom Cable, in particular, avoided me as assiduously as if I were a girl he'd dumped.†   (source)
  • What do those words mean, 'assiduous' and 'diligent'?†   (source)
  • Blomkvist understood nothing of this, but took assiduous notes.†   (source)
  • He wondered whether the sonnets might not have been inspired by Amanda's presence in the Trueba garden, where the Poet liked to sit at teatime and talk about songs of despair, during the period when he had been an assiduous visitor at the big house on the corner.†   (source)
  • He had to bite his tongue to keep from telling him that he had been an assiduous participant in the annual competition that had eventually interested famous poets, not only in the rest of the country but in other nations of the Caribbean as well.†   (source)
  • When the magus asked me if I could please not chew with my mouth open, as I had been doing assiduously since our first meal together, I obliged him with a visible effort.†   (source)
  • It was assiduous work, and discouraging.†   (source)
  • I must strive to be more assiduous about consulting it.†   (source)
  • La Luzerne, who had become a figure of conspicuous importance in Philadelphia, his influence with Congress as great as that of anyone, worked assiduously.†   (source)
  • She should have watched Grandmother's health more assiduously.†   (source)
  • And here across the street was the medical school's main building, where he had studied so assiduously.†   (source)
  • No matter how hard he tried-not fanatically but at least assiduously-to keep himself in reasonably good shape, he was now fifty and his body knew it.†   (source)
  • Hers was a wild beauty, and she assiduously tamed it with steel-frame eyeglasses instead of contacts, no makeup, and gray slacks and white blouse that were manly in style.†   (source)
  • Their skin was scrubbed raw, each hair on their heads assiduously brushed—Lou had taken extra time with Oz.†   (source)
  • He was the last St. Croix and the burden of extending the line weighed heavily upon him even though it was a subject he assiduously avoided.†   (source)
  • Liz entirely ignored her for the rest of that day, failed to reply when she addressed her, and worked with assiduous application.†   (source)
  • Instead, he kept assiduously to the posted speed limit while other drivers rode his rear bumper and made obscene gestures as they roared past on his left.†   (source)
  • Doubtless she would have spent most of her time with her nose in a book, assiduously continuing her self-education.†   (source)
  • Following the bush boy's example, Peter snapped off the smaller poles, and hunted assiduously for resin.†   (source)
  • Behind his back the door opens: his breakfast is making its entrance. Assiduously he dips his pen. ... "Just set it on the table, will you?" he says, without turning.   (source)
  • assiduous research
  • her assiduous attempts to learn French
  • For two days after this Brunton was most assiduous in his attention to his duties.   (source)
  • ...employing themselves, meanwhile, in sucking their fingers most assiduously, with the view of catching up any stray splashes of gruel that might have been cast thereon.   (source)
  • It was hard to summon the will to speak, to recall the words she had practiced so assiduously.†   (source)
  • When I'd seen it leaning against the sofa in the front room, on the dreadful afternoon I'd gone back in to get some school things I needed, I'd walked right past it, skirting it as assiduously as I would have a grasping bum on the sidewalk, and all the time feeling Mrs. Barbour's cool pale eye on my back, on our apartment, on my mother's things, as she stood in the door with her arms folded.†   (source)
  • He advised the Roman commanders to gather intelligence assiduously, use the terrain, and then drive the legionnaires forward to encircle their objective.†   (source)
  • Dima —?" he was picking assiduously through the breads on the tablecloth —"Dima's cousin's sister in law, ex-sister in law actually, married a Dutchman, and they have a son named Anton—twenty-one maybe, twenty-two, squeaky clean, surname van den Brink—Anton is Dutch citizen and has grown up speaking Dutch so this is helpful for us too if you get me.†   (source)
  • Spring Moon had her mother's beauty at that age—silken skin and soft black hair—but her demeanor seemed resigned as she sat with her head down, squinting at her embroidery as she assiduously tried not to eavesdrop on her fate.†   (source)
  • He read everything that was sent to him, read several newspapers assiduously, wrote some seventy letters to his department heads during the time he was absent, twenty-eight of which were to his Secretary of State.†   (source)
  • We greeted each other with elaborate formality, exchanging pleasantries about our families and the baseball team, and both of us assiduously avoided any acknowledgment of the scene on the beach.†   (source)
  • But as I grew older and explored my own starker regions more assiduously, I kept stumbling across pyramids, Mayan campfires, the rubble of Huns—civilizations that had no right of access to the terrain of a Southern boy's soul.†   (source)
  • It seems strange that Fink—who had for so long and so assiduously kept his eye on the goings and comings in the house—had not noticed that Nathan at some point had made his way back and secluded himself in Sophie's room.†   (source)
  • The owner of Lucky Smells Lumbermill expects you to be both assiduous and diligent.†   (source)
  • From this vantage point I am not altogether sure; but if only the latter, perhaps I have been well repaid, as in the whole affair, I may have been engaged on a wild goose chase, or a fruitless pursuit of shadows, and have come near to addling my own wits, in my assiduous attempts to unpick those of another.†   (source)
  • Hence his indignation, his fervour, his assiduousness, his laborious petitions and committees; and above all, his desire to believe her innocent.†   (source)
  • "'Assiduous' and 'diligent' both mean the same thing," said Klaus, who knew lots of impressive words from all the books he had read.†   (source)
  • I had a deep fear of alienating her and Toby by being a drain on them because of the rape, so I tried to be as assiduous in their classrooms as I was with anything concerning my case.†   (source)
  • That he entered; and he learnt the rules of the game so well and played it so assiduously that he emerged at the age of sixty with a Lady Margaret for wife, with a knighthood, with a sinecure of some sort, three sons, and a country house.†   (source)
  • The Italian news dealer now delivered the morning papers, and these he read assiduously.†   (source)
  • Philip began reading assiduously the "city chat' of his favourite newspaper.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Hatch's MILIEU was one which he had once assiduously frequented, and now as devoutly shunned.†   (source)
  • MRS. STOCKMANN Sits coughing assiduously.†   (source)
  • A guard came to the prison shoe-shop, where Jimmy Valentine was assiduously stitching uppers, and escorted him to the front office.†   (source)
  • Dorothy had been assiduously careful of her soft, white skin, and here was an ugly mark marring its beauty.†   (source)
  • She had a round, nut-brown, soft face, all fine wrinkles, large, bright red lips (she chewed betel assiduously), and screwed up, winking, benevolent eyes.†   (source)
  • Still the prongs continued to click assiduously, for it was not late; and though the air was fresh and keen there was a whisper of spring in it that cheered the workers on.†   (source)
  • To this end she assiduously showed herself at the restaurants they frequented, where, attended by the troubled Gerty, she lunched luxuriously, as she said, on her expectations.†   (source)
  • Has he not received a sort of tacit mandate to work persistently and assiduously for the welfare of those whose opinions he represents?†   (source)
  • My occupation of Peggotty's spare-room put a constraint upon me, from which he was free: for, knowing how assiduously she attended on Mr. Barkis all day, I did not like to remain out late at night; whereas Steerforth, lying at the Inn, had nothing to consult but his own humour.†   (source)
  • There were crowds of people, and no lack of dancing men; the civilians were for the most part standing close along the walls, but the officers danced assiduously, especially one of them who had spent six weeks in Paris, where he had mastered various daring interjections of the kind of—'zut,' 'Ah, fichtr-re,' 'pst, pst, mon bibi,' and such.†   (source)
  • The French Revolution, by dividing the fortunes of the nobility, by forcing them to attend assiduously to their affairs and to their families, by making them live under the same roof with their children, and in short by giving a more rational and serious turn to their minds, has imparted to them, almost without their being aware of it, a reverence for religious belief, a love of order, of tranquil pleasures, of domestic endearments, and of comfort; whereas the rest of the nation, which had naturally these same tastes, was carried away into excesses by the effort which was required to overthrow the laws and political habits of the country.†   (source)
  • He was sitting in a thoughtful attitude, with the plate which the poor fellow had assiduously filled with the choicest morsels, untouched, by his side, when Newman Noggs looked into the room.†   (source)
  • But he attended assiduously in his place and learned thoroughly the routine and business of the House.†   (source)
  • Chapter 17 While Sir Walter and Elizabeth were assiduously pushing their good fortune in Laura Place, Anne was renewing an acquaintance of a very different description.†   (source)
  • Georgiana took out her handkerchief and blew her nose for an hour afterwards; Eliza sat cold, impassable, and assiduously industrious.†   (source)
  • And he assiduously studied both these men's opinions and the books which treated of these scientific explanations.†   (source)
  • If Stephen came in when Lucy was out of the room, if Lucy left them together, they never spoke to each other; Stephen, perhaps, seemed to be examining books or music, and Maggie bent her head assiduously over her work.†   (source)
  • They my-loved and my-deared each other assiduously, but kept apart generally, whereas Sir Pitt, in the midst of his multiplied avocations, found daily time to see his sister-in-law.†   (source)
  • Toll, who in this battle played the part of Weyrother at Austerlitz, galloped assiduously from place to place, finding everything upside down everywhere.†   (source)
  • At this moment the door of the minister's box opened, and Madame Danglars, accompanied by her daughter, entered, escorted by Lucien Debray, who assiduously conducted them to their seats.†   (source)
  • Had you not been really amiable, you would have hated me for it; but in spite of the pains you took to disguise yourself, your feelings were always noble and just; and in your heart, you thoroughly despised the persons who so assiduously courted you.†   (source)
  • In the course of a few weeks, and by assiduously conversing with Herr Kirsch on the box of the carriage, Georgy made prodigious advance in the knowledge of High Dutch, and could talk to hotel waiters and postilions in a way that charmed his mother and amused his guardian.†   (source)
  • Hearing her husband's steps, she stopped, looking towards the door, and trying assiduously to give her features a severe and contemptuous expression.†   (source)
  • Fancy me yielding and melting, as I am doing: human love rising like a freshly opened fountain in my mind and overflowing with sweet inundation all the field I have so carefully and with such labour prepared — so assiduously sown with the seeds of good intentions, of self-denying plans.†   (source)
  • And, looking at his strong, agile, assiduously careful and needlessly wary movements, the mother felt her mind at rest, and smiled gaily and approvingly as she watched him.†   (source)
  • Mutes at funerals could not look more glum than the domestics of Mr. Osborne The neck of venison of which he had invited Dobbin to partake, was carved by him in perfect silence; but his own share went away almost untasted, though he drank much, and the butler assiduously filled his glass.†   (source)
  • Did not Mr. Binny, the mild and genteel curate of the district chapel, which the family attended, call assiduously upon the widow, dandle the little boy on his knee, and offer to teach him Latin, to the anger of the elderly virgin, his sister, who kept house for him?†   (source)
  • "You have killed a bear, I've been told!" said Kitty, trying assiduously to catch with her fork a perverse mushroom that would slip away, and setting the lace quivering over her white arm.†   (source)
  • He was elected for the borough speedily after his father's demise; a magistrate, a member of parliament, a county magnate and representative of an ancient family, he made it his duty to show himself before the Hampshire public, subscribed handsomely to the county charities, called assiduously upon all the county folk, and laid himself out in a word to take that position in Hampshire, and in the Empire afterwards, to which he thought his prodigious talents justly entitled him.†   (source)
  • He had hitherto taken up a cold and even antagonistic attitude to this new doctrine, and with Countess Lidia Ivanovna, who had been carried away by it, he had never argued, but by silence had assiduously parried her attempts to provoke him into argument.†   (source)
  • During those two hours in Volgarinov's waiting room Stepan Arkadyevitch, stepping jauntily about the room, pulling his whiskers, entering into conversation with the other petitioners, and inventing an epigram on his position, assiduously concealed from others, and even from himself, the feeling he was experiencing.†   (source)
  • She watched his progress towards the pavilion, saw him now responding condescendingly to an ingratiating bow, now exchanging friendly, nonchalant greetings with his equals, now assiduously trying to catch the eye of some great one of this world, and taking off his big round hat that squeezed the tips of his ears.†   (source)
  • But then, as he got warm at the work and saw how assiduously Veslovsky was tugging at the wagonette by one of the mud-guards, so that he broke it indeed, Levin blamed himself for having under the influence of yesterday's feelings been too cold to Veslovsky, and tried to be particularly genial so as to smooth over his chilliness.†   (source)
  • But next day he was equally assiduous in his demands for its return: Helen usually collected it from the sometimes unwilling fingers of the boys.†   (source)
  • Assiduous and busy, care-ridden and light-hearted, intelligent and yet thoughtless, these butterflies lived a life at once childlike and raffine; independent, not to be bought by every one, finding their account in good luck and fine weather, in love with life and yet clinging to it far less than the bourgeois, always ready to follow a fairy prince to his castle, always certain, though scarcely conscious of it, that a difficult and sad end was in store for them.†   (source)
  • But it was to the mortification of touch he brought the most assiduous ingenuity of inventiveness.†   (source)
  • The young men were all eyes, assiduous in their service to the girls, but speaking seldom.†   (source)
  • The youth turned at her bidding, and observed Natty kindly assiduous around the person of Mohegan.†   (source)
  • Every consideration was shown Joan, and Wood particularly appeared assiduous in his desire for her comfort.†   (source)
  • Nor does it require any fine-spun theories of racial differences to prove the necessity of such group training after the brains of the race have been knocked out by two hundred and fifty years of assiduous education in submission, carelessness, and stealing.†   (source)
  • , with assiduous celerity.†   (source)
  • Dohkturov, a little man, sat opposite Weyrother, with an assiduous and modest mien, and stooping over the outspread map conscientiously studied the dispositions and the unfamiliar locality.†   (source)
  • And he was not going to have his vanities provoked by contact with the showy worldly successes of the capital, but to live among people who could hold no rivalry with that pursuit of a great idea which was to be a twin object with the assiduous practice of his profession.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, he was assiduous at the great and the small schools of the Rue Saint Jean de Beauvais.†   (source)
  • Read the antique documents extricated, analyzed, and compared, by the assiduous Dyce and Collier; and now read one of those skyey sentences,—aerolites,—which seem to have fallen out of heaven, and which, not your experience, but the man within the breast, has accepted, as words of fate; and tell me if they match; if the former account in any manner for the latter; or, which gives the most historical insight into the man.†   (source)
  • Being persons of influence, they create a shower about them, upon the assiduous and the favored, and upon all the young men who understand the art of pleasing, of large parishes, prebends, archidiaconates, chaplaincies, and cathedral posts, while awaiting episcopal honors.†   (source)
  • He scarcely ever spoke to her, and the assiduous attentions which he had been so sensible of himself were transferred for the rest of the day to Miss Lucas, whose civility in listening to him was a seasonable relief to them all, and especially to her friend.†   (source)
  • The effect of the whole was a manner so pitying and agitated, and words intermingled with her refusal so expressive of obligation and concern, that to a temper of vanity and hope like Crawford's, the truth, or at least the strength of her indifference, might well be questionable; and he was not so irrational as Fanny considered him, in the professions of persevering, assiduous, and not desponding attachment which closed the interview.†   (source)
  • It is true, between ourselves, that M. de Morcerf is one of the most assiduous peers at the Luxembourg, a general renowned for theory, but a most mediocre amateur of art.†   (source)
  • Every portion of the soil was peopled with plants and herbs, which, if less beautiful, still bore tokens of assiduous care, as if all had their individual virtues, known to the scientific mind that fostered them.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, he had done what he meant to do this evening,—he had kept aloof from her; he had hardly looked at her; and he had been gayly assiduous to Lucy.†   (source)
  • He died after three weeks' illness, during which Mrs. Penniman, as well as his daughter, had been assiduous at his bedside.†   (source)
  • In the more doubtful time, he had advised calling in Dr. Sprague (who, if he could, would rather have remained neutral on Wrench's account); but after two consultations, the conduct of the case was left to Lydgate, and there was every reason to make him assiduous.†   (source)
  • She was more softened, more gentle; and, though equally assiduous in every duty, it was with a chastened and quiet air, as one who communed with her own heart not in vain.†   (source)
  • He had been in Bath about a fortnight; (he had passed through Bath in November, in his way to London, when the intelligence of Sir Walter's being settled there had of course reached him, though only twenty-four hours in the place, but he had not been able to avail himself of it;) but he had now been a fortnight in Bath, and his first object on arriving, had been to leave his card in Camden Place, following it up by such assiduous endeavours to meet, and when they did meet, by such great openness of conduct, such readiness to apologize for the past, such solicitude to be received as a relation again, that their former good understanding was completely re-established.†   (source)
  • Naturally: for when "poor Peter" had occupied his arm-chair in the wainscoted parlor, no assiduous beetles for whom the cook prepares boiling water could have been less welcome on a hearth which they had reasons for preferring, than those persons whose Featherstone blood was ill-nourished, not from penuriousness on their part, but from poverty.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile M. Cavalcanti the elder had returned to his service, not in the army of his majesty the Emperor of Austria, but at the gaming-table of the baths of Lucca, of which he was one of the most assiduous courtiers.†   (source)
  • The Military Governor of Moscow, who had been assiduous in sending aides-de-camp to inquire after the count's health, came himself that evening to bid a last farewell to the celebrated grandee of Catherine's court, Count Bezukhov.†   (source)
  • There were not many hours in those ten days in which Mr. Stephen Guest was not seated by Lucy's side, or standing near her at the piano, or accompanying her on some outdoor excursion; his attentions were clearly becoming more assiduous, and that was what every one had expected.†   (source)
  • Mrs Clay had freckles, and a projecting tooth, and a clumsy wrist, which he was continually making severe remarks upon, in her absence; but she was young, and certainly altogether well-looking, and possessed, in an acute mind and assiduous pleasing manners, infinitely more dangerous attractions than any merely personal might have been.†   (source)
  • Mary would sit and watch me by the hour together: then she would take lessons; and a docile, intelligent, assiduous pupil she made.†   (source)
  • The selfish sagacity of the latter, which had at first drawn Robert into the scrape, was the principal instrument of his deliverance from it; for her respectful humility, assiduous attentions, and endless flatteries, as soon as the smallest opening was given for their exercise, reconciled Mrs. Ferrars to his choice, and re-established him completely in her favour.†   (source)
  • One pictures the common materials of English dumped into a pot, exotic flavorings added, and the bubblings assiduously and expectantly skimmed.†   (source)
  • These scientists, of course, overlook the plain fact that slang, like the folk-song, is not the creation of people in the mass, but of definite individuals, and that its character /as/ slang depends entirely upon its adoption by the ignorant, who use its novelties too assiduously and with too little imagination, and so debase them to the estate of worn-out coins, smooth and valueless.†   (source)
  • Portals of discovery opened to let in the quaker librarian, softcreakfooted, bald, eared and assiduous.†   (source)
  • My Legacy
    The business man the acquirer vast,
    After assiduous years surveying results, preparing for departure,
    Devises houses and lands to his children, bequeaths stocks, goods,
    funds for a school or hospital,
    Leaves money to certain companions to buy tokens, souvenirs of gems
    and gold.†   (source)
  • The assiduous merchant, the laborious husbandman, the active mechanic, and the industrious manufacturer,—all orders of men, look forward with eager expectation and growing alacrity to this pleasing reward of their toils.†   (source)
  • Thwackum was likewise pretty assiduous in his visits; and he too considered a sick-bed to be a convenient scene for lectures.†   (source)
  • all places else
    Inhospitable appear, and desolate;
    Nor knowing us, nor known: And, if by prayer
    Incessant I could hope to change the will
    Of Him who all things can, I would not cease
    To weary him with my assiduous cries:
    But prayer against his absolute decree
    No more avails than breath against the wind,
    Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth:
    Therefore to his great bidding I submit.†   (source)
  • For though her aunt was less violent, she was no less assiduous in teizing her, than her father had been before.†   (source)
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