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Definition beyond normal limits
  • She has an inordinate fear of spiders.
  • a book of inordinate length
  • He wore a General Hood type beard of which he was inordinately vain.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • inordinately = beyond normal limits
  • They love her inordinately.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Daisy was inordinately proud of the fact her husband was lighter than she was.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • His good looks and popularity had made him so inordinately conceited that they blinded him to that possibility.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Mary giggled inordinately.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • It also occurred to me that the people of Yamacraw spent an inordinate amount of time on docks fishing, socializing, and waiting for boats.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It seemed to me that Dr Carlisle went on looking at me for an inordinate length of time.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Simon hid the fact that he was inordinately pleased by this.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • There were an inordinate number of photos of Holiday, and many a shot of my feet or the grass.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • 'She is virtuous, but an inordinate talker.'
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • To tell a secret, I get a piece of rock-salt, of which pigeons are inordinately fond, and place it in a dovecot on my roof.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Her father as it proved, had martyred his poor child to an inordinate desire for measuring his land by miles instead of acres.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • They laughed, the Prince inordinately meanwhile clapping Tommy on the back.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Jett had an inordinate thirst, probably owing to his addiction to rum at Sprague's.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Monterrey added nine more runs after Pepe's grand slam, many of them coming from an inordinate amount of walks surrendered by Biloxi pitchers.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Harry dawdled behind, taking an inordinate amount of time to do up his bag.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Bert was inordinately proud of his skill with a rope, the men thought.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove

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