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  • She chooses words for euphony as much as meaning.
  • For purposes of euphony, however, without which the lines would be harsh and unpoetical, I have invariably made two syllables of them.
    Cranmer-Byng, L.  --  A Lute of Jade
  • Clyde Griffiths!" and at once the identity of the intitials as well as the related euphony of the names gave him pause.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Much more euphonious, I think.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But her remonstrance came too late; Mandy had yanked her forward and was performing the introduction she so euphoniously described.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "Sixty-seven," the coach-caller was saying, his voice lifted in a sort of euphonious cry.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He was not then known as Wing Biddlebaum, but went by the less euphonic name of Adolph Myers.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • It was on one of these hikes—or rambles, as the English euphoniously call them—that I came upon an intriguing finger post, pointing the way to the PLAGUE VILLAGE.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The Xhosa are a proud and patrilineal people with an expressive and euphonious language and an abiding belief in the importance of laws, education, and courtesy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The ponderous pundit, Hugh MacHugh, Dublin's most brilliant scribe and editor and that minstrel boy of the wild wet west who is known by the euphonious appellation of the O'Madden Burke.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • If you use ready-made phrases, you not only don't have to hunt about for words; you also don't have to bother with the rhythms of your sentences, since these phrases are generally so arranged as to be more or less euphonious.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Those rare dreamers, mysterious priests of the beautiful who silently confront everything with perfection, would have caught a glimpse in this little working-woman, through the transparency of her Parisian grace, of the ancient sacred euphony.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "I see no objection to its being old," the Princess answered dryly, "but whatever else it is it's not euphonious," she went on, isolating the word euphonious as though between inverted commas, a little affectation to which the Guermantes set were addicted.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • Charles "objected to the inharmonious contractions /will'nt/ (or /wolln't/) and /wasn't/ and /weren't/ .... and set the fashion of using the softly euphonious /won't/ and /wan't/, which are used in speaking to this day by the best class of Southerners."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • ...on Madeleine Radelle from the fact that she had been born in a village, so called, situated between Salon and Lambesc; and as a custom existed among the inhabitants of that part of France where Caderousse lived of styling every person by some particular and distinctive appellation, her husband had bestowed on her the name of La Carconte in place of her sweet and euphonious name of Madeleine, which, in all probability, his rude gutteral language would not have enabled him to pronounce.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But this is solely for the sake of euphony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Here even standard English has had to make concessions to euphony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The substitution of /i/ for /e/ in such words as /indorse/, /inclose/ and /jimmy/ is of less patent utility, but even here there is probably a slight gain in euphony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Greek names of five, and even eight syllables shrink to /Smith/; Hungarian names that seem to be all consonants are reborn in such euphonious forms as /Martin/ and /Lacy/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Whatever difficulties certain phrases presented to Herr Settembrini's Mediterranean tongue, he had expressed himself in the most delightful fashion—clearly, euphoniously, and, one may well say, graphically.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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