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Definition take exception to

or in law:  a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings
  •   ...and we were subjected to a lengthy review of the evidence with Jem's ideas on the law regarding rape: ...
      "Jem," Reverend Sykes demurred, "this ain't a polite thing for little ladies to hear..."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
demurred = objected
  • Instead of demurring politely, Singbe shot back angrily.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • My mother paused, about to demur politely, but instead she took a deep breath.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Her face neither acquiesced nor demurred.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I offered to pay her well for her trouble, and, after some demur, she consented to accompany me to the spot.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • When Cottard suggested he should accompany him home, Tarrou demurred; he'd had a particularly tiring day.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Shefford demurred, insisting that he share the night-watch.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • John demurred: He had made his rules, and besides, Betty was now in the late stages of an ill-fated pregnancy.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • She demurred, thinking it might be too transparent when wet.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "I know how full Jacqueline keeps your schedule," I demur.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • My companion still demurred: the storm of the night and the early morning had dropped, but the afternoon was damp and gray.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • "We want to hide you," he said, when they demurred.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Isn't that going rather far?" demurred Franklin Clarke.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The king hesitated, was going to demur; but just then we heard the door give way, and knew that those desolate men were in the presence of their dead.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • "Over dinner," demurred Lucia, rolling her eyes at an admiring Sixth Year.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • "No," he demurred a little wearily.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "You'd better go now, John," said his wife, with glistening and hopeful face; but John demurred.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Without demurring at his father's words Apollo glided from the heights of Ida, like that swiftest of birds, the peregrine.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Dr. Shaw at first demurred; then let her have what she wanted.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • O'Brien's servant, however, had admitted the two of them without demur.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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