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  • Luckily for my education, there was nothing homosexual in don Balthazar's addiction to young flesh, so his escapades evidenced themselves either as absences from our tutorial sessions or an inordinate amount of attention lavished on memorizing verses from Ovid, Senesh, or Wu.†   (source)
  • Every new dog owner needs one, too, mostly for the advice and reassurance and free counsel veterinarians find themselves spending inordinate amounts of their time dispensing.†   (source)
  • This entire building, in fact, was a treasure trove of bizarre arcana that included a "killer bathtub" responsible for the pneumonic murder of Vice President Henry Wilson, a staircase with a permanent bloodstain over which an inordinate number of guests seemed to trip, and a sealed basement chamber in which workers in 1930 discovered General John Alexander Logan's long-deceased stuffed horse.†   (source)
  • They love her inordinately.†   (source)
  • James, like his close buddy Shane, was another inordinately tough SEAL, a petty officer second class.†   (source)
  • Holmes seemed inordinately attentive to Gertie and Julia.†   (source)
  • He got dressed by feel, listening in the dark to his brother's calm breathing, the dry cough of his father in the next room, the asthma of the hens in the courtyard, the buzz of the mosquitoes, the beating of his heart, and the inordinate bustle of a world that he had not noticed until then, and he went out into the sleeping street.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Ockenden was a retired nurse who had just married her third husband-the other two died in curious circumstances-and she spent an inordinate amount of time peering from behind the starched white curtains of her windows.†   (source)
  • The announcer, who seemed inordinately interested in the topic, spoke with a heavy twang.†   (source)
  • It seemed to me that Dr Carlisle went on looking at me for an inordinate length of time.†   (source)
  • You seem inordinately interested in him.†   (source)
  • Bert was inordinately proud of his skill with a rope, the men thought.†   (source)
  • That wisdom, which seems to have been unavailable to Chaucer, or Dante, or Catullus, or Sophocles, or Shakespeare, or Dickens, is still with us, and, in 1969 it placed an inordinate burden on African American writers.†   (source)
  • Silence hangs over Blackcliff, and my voice seems inordinately loud.†   (source)
  • We waited an inordinately long time for our lavash on this day, and I worried about Moody's reaction.†   (source)
  • His good looks and popularity had made him so inordinately conceited that they blinded him to that possibility.†   (source)
  • This seems to give him an inordinate pleasure, and I must admit that I feel some myself, completely unjustified, when he says, "We're getting a lot done."†   (source)
  • A British ship's surgeon who used the privileges of his profession to visit some of the rebel camps, described roads crowded with carts and wagons hauling mostly provisions, but also, he noted, inordinate quantities of rum — "for without New England rum, a New England army could not be kept together."†   (source)
  • He had a healthy dose of little-man syndrome and an inordinate amount of body hair.†   (source)
  • He'd gone for it impulsively, pushed by an inordinate desire to show his strength and skill.†   (source)
  • She worked swiftly, feeling inordinately clear-headed.†   (source)
  • Monterrey added nine more runs after Pepe's grand slam, many of them coming from an inordinate amount of walks surrendered by Biloxi pitchers.†   (source)
  • Unfortunately, the war is ruled inordinately by chance, to the point almost where human action seems to have lost its meaning.†   (source)
  • Simon hid the fact that he was inordinately pleased by this.†   (source)
  • But when the music stops, she sees her husband's hands, big-knuckled with long, square-tipped fingers, inordinately large even for his frame.†   (source)
  • He smiled slyly, inordinately pleased with himself.†   (source)
  • This way, they may witness for themselves how brightly his own flash and the inordinate acumen with which they shine.†   (source)
  • He was a tall heavyset man with an inordinately large chest and rather bunched, cream-colored muscles, and he gave the appearance of being too fat and sluggish and out of shape to give a good account of himself in a fair fight.†   (source)
  • She emerges in my perhaps inordinate number of schoolteacher characters.†   (source)
  • I had admired his journals inordinately, and had considered Gide's probity and relentless self-dissection to be part of one of the truly triumphant feats of the civilized twentieth-century mind.†   (source)
  • But he was distracted on the way by another incident, one of those details of everyday life that assumed an inordinate importance in those days.†   (source)
  • Those cost an inordinate amount of money!†   (source)
  • "Inordinate!" she shouted, as loudly as she could to be heard over the terrible noise of the saw.†   (source)
  • How in the world would a child know a complicated word like 'inordinate'?†   (source)
  • "What does 'inordinate' mean?" somebody asked.†   (source)
  • For some reason, Eragon felt inordinately pleased.†   (source)
  • He studied her for an inordinate amount of time.†   (source)
  • You have an inordinate amount of faith in your dog.†   (source)
  • It seemed to be taking an inordinate interest in them.†   (source)
  • A single Shataiki with inordinate courage streaked from a low branch toward Tom.†   (source)
  • Yes, I think I'll earn your inordinate profit for you.†   (source)
  • I therefore expect to make an inordinate profit-and you're going to earn it for me.†   (source)
  • Cuff-links gave them an inordinate (if exaggerated) satisfaction, and a real affection for the English language.†   (source)
  • And our opponent's counsel will answer with inordinate demands for all our files and seek endless interrogatories in order to enmesh our client in a hopeless tangle of red tape, It is simply war, and you know the quality that applies to that and love.†   (source)
  • The men favored linen pants and Italian loafers sans socks and spent inordinate amounts of time making important-sounding cell-phone calls to one another.†   (source)
  • The Baudelaire orphans were alive, and it seemed that maybe they had an inordinate amount of luck after all.†   (source)
  • I don't think I've heard him define anything since the accident with Phil, when he explained the word 'inordinate.'†   (source)
  • Inordinate!†   (source)
  • Inordinate!†   (source)
  • Mainly it was the burden of an inordinate ability to perceive things as they were: he was apprehensive because he saw clearly how much there was to be apprehensive about.†   (source)
  • The notion, for instance, that Rwandan peasants participated in mass violence because of their culture of obedience: "This is the same population that spends an inordinate amount of time and energy disobeying the messages that come from above," writes Uvin.†   (source)
  • Katie took a sip, feeling inordinately pleased about everything: how she looked and felt, the taste of the wine, the lingering scent of the raspberry sauce, the way Alex kept eyeing her while trying not to be obvious about it.†   (source)
  • A pimply teenager wearing glasses with thick black frames examined the ticket for an inordinately long time before stammering out the total.†   (source)
  • His easygoing manner contrasted sharply with that of the many arrogant frat guys she'd met up to that point, most of whom tended to drink inordinate amounts and painted letters on their bare chests whenever the Tarheels played Duke.†   (source)
  • They can discover that kings are like other men, especially with respect to the commission of crimes and an inordinate thirst for power.†   (source)
  • His reaction was so unexpected, Eragon faltered, then barely had time to recoil and parry as Murtagh retaliated, swinging Zar'roc at him, the blade humming through the air with inordinate speed.†   (source)
  • Experts in tb control had declared mdr treatment inordinately costly, but no one had tried to reduce the main expense, which was high-priced drugs.†   (source)
  • For someone supposedly suspicious by nature, Adams had been inordinately slow to suspect the worst of his closest advisers, and to face the obvious truth that keeping Washington's cabinet had been a mistake.†   (source)
  • But a week later they announced, with an inordinate amount of publicity, that they were endowing the construction of a playground for the children of the unemployed.†   (source)
  • Scientists are an inordinate luxury these days-and there aren't many people or establishments left who're able to afford necessities, let alone luxuries.†   (source)
  • This-she thought, looking at the mine-was the story of human wealth written across the mountains: a few pine trees hung over the cut, contorted by the storms that had raged through the wilderness for centuries, six men worked on the shelves, and an inordinate amount of complex machinery traced delicate lines against the sky; the machinery did most of the work.†   (source)
  • It also occurred to me that the people of Yamacraw spent an inordinate amount of time on docks fishing, socializing, and waiting for boats.†   (source)
  • Those who controlled appointments were impressed by him: in those days of inordinate rhetoric and political extremism his revolutionary fervor, equally unbridled, was remarkable for its genuineness.†   (source)
  • I should be more inclined to suspect you, Mr. MacQueen, if you displayed an inordinate sorrow at your employer's decease.†   (source)
  • He was inordinately proud of them.†   (source)
  • I am titillated inordinately by some splendour; the ruffled crimson against the green lining; the march of pillars: the orange light behind the black, pricked ears of the olive trees.†   (source)
  • He had a sharp crooked nose jutting out of a lean dancer's face; his neatness gave an effect of inordinate ambition in the shabby city.†   (source)
  • Captain Fellows was touched with fear; he was aware of an inordinate love which robbed him of authority.†   (source)
  • You already think me a man, I know, of inordinate ambitions — well, I want Concepcion to have a better school — and that means a better presbytery too, of course.†   (source)
  • Jett had an inordinate thirst, probably owing to his addiction to rum at Sprague's.†   (source)
  • They laughed, the Prince inordinately meanwhile clapping Tommy on the back.†   (source)
  • 'She is virtuous, but an inordinate talker.'†   (source)
  • The workmen's discussions, he said, were too timorous; the interest they took in the question of wages was inordinate.†   (source)
  • Mary giggled inordinately.†   (source)
  • And still the figure had no face by which he might know it; even in his dreams, it had no face, or one that baffled him and melted before his eyes; and thus it was that there sprang up and grew apace in the lawyer's mind a singularly strong, almost an inordinate, curiosity to behold the features of the real Mr. Hyde.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • And the retaliation is apt to be in monstrous disproportion to the supposed offence; for when in anybody was revenge in its exactions aught else but an inordinate usurer?†   (source)
  • His father had been our ambassador at Madrid when Isabella was young, and Prim unthought of, but had retired from the Diplomatic Service in a capricious moment of annoyance at not being offered the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his despatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.†   (source)
  • Now and then a little spray of pine would catch fire, inspiring a moment of shrill, inordinate panic before the flames were put out.†   (source)
  • And, because of his infatuation and his weak overtures due to his inordinate fear of losing her, he would be forced to depart, usually in a dark and despondent mood.†   (source)
  • In reality, however—that is, apart from any theoretical system—in terms of snow and cold, it had been winter now for God knew how long; winter had been interrupted, as always, only very briefly by scorching summer days with a sky whose blue was so inordinately deep that it verged on black—by summer days, then, that could occur in the midst of winter, too, if you ignored the snow, which, by the by, could also fall at any time during summer.†   (source)
  • a pushing nobody, with a delightful lisp, and Venetian-red hair; Lady Alice Chapman, his hostess's daughter, a dowdy dull girl, with one of those characteristic British faces, that, once seen, are never remembered; and her husband, a red-cheeked, white-whiskered creature who, like so many of his class, was under the impression that inordinate joviality can atone for an entire lack of ideas.†   (source)
  • Hyde in danger of his life was a creature new to me; shaken with inordinate anger, strung to the pitch of murder, lusting to inflict pain.†   (source)
  • He likewise heard some phrases spoken by the phantom with the short face, the genial Spectator: "When I look upon the tombs of the great, every motion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow."†   (source)
  • Yet he was inordinately proud of such contacts as he could effect and not a little given to boasting in regard to them, a thing which Clyde took with more faith than would most, being of less experience.†   (source)
  • The "new fellow" then took a supreme resolution, opened an inordinately large mouth, and shouted at the top of his voice as if calling someone in the word "Charbovari."†   (source)
  • Her father as it proved, had martyred his poor child to an inordinate desire for measuring his land by miles instead of acres.†   (source)
  • That having left all, he leave himself, and go wholly out of himself, and retain nothing of self-love....I have often said unto thee, and now again I say the same, Forsake thyself, resign thyself, and thou shalt enjoy much inward peace....Then shall all vain imaginations, evil perturbations, and superfluous cares fly away; then shall immoderate fear leave thee, and inordinate love shall die.†   (source)
  • Lady Scadgers (an immensely fat old woman, with an inordinate appetite for butcher's meat, and a mysterious leg which had now refused to get out of bed for fourteen years) contrived the marriage, at a period when Sparsit was just of age, and chiefly noticeable for a slender body, weakly supported on two long slim props, and surmounted by no head worth mentioning.†   (source)
  • Our lamps cast a sort of brilliant twilight over the area, making inordinately long shadows on the seafloor.†   (source)
  • Challenge any such problem with any intelligence, and you immediately see how full it is of substance; the wonder being, all the while, as we look at the world, how absolutely, how inordinately, the Isabel Archers, and even much smaller female fry, insist on mattering.†   (source)
  • After the ladies had departed for the ball, whither all the entreaties of Madame de Villefort had failed in persuading him to accompany them, the procureur had shut himself up in his study, according to his custom, with a heap of papers calculated to alarm any one else, but which generally scarcely satisfied his inordinate desires.†   (source)
  • Here was a set of new characters who were become inordinately prominent and who persisted in remaining so to the end; and back yonder was an older set who made a large noise and a great to-do for a little while and then suddenly played out utterly and fell down the well.†   (source)
  • He never used to swear, though, at his men, they said; but somehow he got an inordinate quantity of cruel, unmitigated hard work out of them.†   (source)
  • We know of them, among other things, that they are always to their possessor, when inordinately possessed, a source of the liveliest enjoyment.†   (source)
  • A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations; a finely moulded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy; hair of a more than web-like softness and tenuity; these features, with an inordinate expansion above the regions of the temple, made up altogether a countenance not easily to be forgotten.†   (source)
  • It tends to isolate them from each other, to concentrate every man's attention upon himself; and it lays open the soul to an inordinate love of material gratification.†   (source)
  • A most remarkable circumstance is, that I really don't think he grasped this sum even so much for the gratification of his avarice, which was inordinate, as in the hatred he felt for Copperfield.†   (source)
  • The collar was low, so that his neck, in spite of the fact that it was not long, seemed inordinately so as it emerged from it, like the necks of those plaster cats which wag their heads, and are carried about upon the heads of scores of image sellers.†   (source)
  • For in that part of the country, before reform had done its notable part in developing the political consciousness, there was a clearer distinction of ranks and a dimmer distinction of parties; so that Mr. Brooke's miscellaneous invitations seemed to belong to that general laxity which came from his inordinate travel and habit of taking too much in the form of ideas.†   (source)
  • He was inordinately homely: the prettiest boot-stitcher of that day, Irma Boissy, enraged with his homeliness, pronounced sentence on him as follows: "Grantaire is impossible"; but Grantaire's fatuity was not to be disconcerted.†   (source)
  • thou dost turn thee, everywhere thou shalt find the Cross; and everywhere of necessity thou must have patience, if thou wilt have inward peace, and enjoy an everlasting crown....If thou desirest to mount unto this height, thou must set out courageously, and lay the axe to the root, that thou mayest pluck up and destroy that hidden inordinate inclination to thyself, and unto all private and earthly good.†   (source)
  • This universal moderation moderates the sovereign himself, and checks within certain limits the inordinate extent of his desires.†   (source)
  • She felt that Madame Merle's ties always somehow had histories, and such an impression was part of the interest created by this inordinate woman.†   (source)
  • Now, see: under those seven gables, at which we now look up,—and which old Colonel Pyncheon meant to be the house of his descendants, in prosperity and happiness, down to an epoch far beyond the present,—under that roof, through a portion of three centuries, there has been perpetual remorse of conscience, a constantly defeated hope, strife amongst kindred, various misery, a strange form of death, dark suspicion, unspeakable disgrace,—all, or most of which calamity I have the means of tracing to the old Puritan's inordinate desire to plant and endow a family.†   (source)
  • For, owing to the large number of whale-cruisers; the disorderly way they were sprinkled over the entire watery circumference, many of them adventurously pushing their quest along solitary latitudes, so as seldom or never for a whole twelvemonth or more on a stretch, to encounter a single news-telling sail of any sort; the inordinate length of each separate voyage; the irregularity of the times of sailing from home; all these, with other circumstances, direct and indirect, long obstructed the spread through the whole world-wide whaling-fleet of the special individualizing tidings concerning Moby Dick.†   (source)
  • With lowered faces, and swinging one leg crossed over the other knee, they uttered deep sighs at intervals; each one was inordinately bored, and yet none would be the first to go.†   (source)
  • As Queequeg's Ramadan, or Fasting and Humiliation, was to continue all day, I did not choose to disturb him till towards night-fall; for I cherish the greatest respect towards everybody's religious obligations, never mind how comical, and could not find it in my heart to undervalue even a congregation of ants worshipping a toad-stool; or those other creatures in certain parts of our earth, who with a degree of footmanism quite unprecedented in other planets, bow down before the torso of a deceased landed proprietor merely on account of the inordinate possessions yet owned and rented in his name.†   (source)
  • The love of public tranquillity becomes at such times an indiscriminating passion, and the members of the community are apt to conceive a most inordinate devotion to order.†   (source)
  • She had had no hidden motive in wishing him not to take her home; it simply struck her that for some days past she had consumed an inordinate quantity of his time, and the independent spirit of the American girl whom extravagance of aid places in an attitude that she ends by finding "affected" had made her decide that for these few hours she must suffice to herself.†   (source)
  • On this sin, that a man inordinately loveth himself, almost all dependeth, whatsoever is thoroughly to be overcome; which evil being once overcome and subdued, there will presently ensue great peace and tranquillity....It is but little thou sufferest in comparison of them that have suffered so much, were so strongly tempted, so grievously afflicted, so many ways tried and exercised.†   (source)
  • Emma, her chin sunken upon her breast, had her eyes inordinately wide open, and her poor hands wandered over the sheets with that hideous and soft movement of the dying, that seems as if they wanted already to cover themselves with the shroud.†   (source)
  • The taste for large fortunes subsists, though large fortunes are rare: and on every side we trace the ravages of inordinate and hapless ambition kindled in hearts which they consume in secret and in vain.†   (source)
  • This is more particularly true of democratic revolutions, which stir up all the classes of which a people is composed, and beget, at the same time, inordinate ambition in the breast of every member of the community.†   (source)
  • If the rulers of democratic nations were either to neglect to correct this fatal tendency, or to encourage it from a notion that it weans men from political passions and thus wards off revolutions, they might eventually produce the evil they seek to avoid, and a time might come when the inordinate passions of a few men, aided by the unintelligent selfishness or the pusillanimity of the greater number, would ultimately compel society to pass through strange vicissitudes.†   (source)
  • I shall not remark that the universal and inordinate desire for place is a great social evil; that it destroys the spirit of independence in the citizen, and diffuses a venal and servile humor throughout the frame of society; that it stifles the manlier virtues: nor shall I be at the pains to demonstrate that this kind of traffic only creates an unproductive activity, which agitates the country without adding to its resources: all these things are obvious.†   (source)
  • *a [Footnote a: It has often been remarked that manufacturers and mercantile men are inordinately addicted to physical gratifications, and this has been attributed to commerce and manufactures; but that is, I apprehend, to take the effect for the cause.†   (source)
  • Their workmen on the contrary are exceedingly numerous, and the number of them is always increasing; for, from time to time, an extraordinary run of business takes place, during which wages are inordinately high, and they attract the surrounding population to the factories.†   (source)
  • I do not wish to discuss Heliogabalus, Macrinus, or Julian, who, being thoroughly contemptible, were quickly wiped out; but I will bring this discourse to a conclusion by saying that princes in our times have this difficulty of giving inordinate satisfaction to their soldiers in a far less degree, because, notwithstanding one has to give them some indulgence, that is soon done; none of these princes have armies that are veterans in the governance and administration of provinces, as were the armies of the Roman Empire; and whereas it was then more necessary to give satisfaction to th†   (source)
  • In his guise, she who runs upon the wind, Iris, now spoke to Priam: "Sir, old sir, will you indulge inordinate talk as .†   (source)
  • Maxwell's then-girlfriend made them for him, and they contained an inordinate amount of pot.†   (source)
  • The theory behind it is so inordinately abstruse that the Fowlers, in "The King's English,"[29] require 20 pages to explain it, and even then they come to the resigned conclusion that the task is hopeless.†   (source)
  • The blood in their arteries is inordinately various and inextricably mixed, but yet not mixed enough to run a clear stream.†   (source)
  • There is something inordinately offensive to English purists in the very thought of taking lessons from this side of the water, particularly in the mother tongue.†   (source)
  • [6] In Bancroft's "Life of George Washington" [Pg039] (1808), according to the /British Critic/, there were gross Americanisms, inordinately offensive to Englishmen, "at almost every page.†   (source)
  • He is apt to estimate languages by looking at their complexity; the Greek aorist elicits his admiration because it presents enormous difficulties and is inordinately subtle.†   (source)
  • —Every inordinate cup is unbless'd, and the ingredient is a devil.†   (source)
  • Tell me else, Could such inordinate and low desires, Such poor, such base, such lewd, such mean attempts, Such barren pleasures, rude society, As thou art match'd withal and grafted to, Accompany the greatness of thy blood, And hold their level with thy princely heart?†   (source)
  • The inordinate pride of State importance has suggested to some minds an objection to the principle of a guaranty in the federal government, as involving an officious interference in the domestic concerns of the members.†   (source)
  • And Saint Gregory saith, that precious clothing is culpable for the dearth [dearness] of it, and for its softness, and for its strangeness and disguising, and for the superfluity or for the inordinate scantness of it; alas!†   (source)
  • So saying, on he led his radiant files,
    Dazzling the moon; these to the bower direct
    In search of whom they sought: Him there they found
    Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve,
    Assaying by his devilish art to reach
    The organs of her fancy, and with them forge
    Illusions, as he list, phantasms and dreams;
    Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint
    The animal spirits, that from pure blood arise
    Like gentle breaths from rivers pure, thence raise
    At least distempered, discontented thoughts,
    Vain hopes, vain aims, inordinate desires,
    Blown up with high conceits ingendering pride.†   (source)
  • Being now provided with all the necessaries of life, I betook myself once again to study, and that with a more inordinate application than I had ever done formerly.†   (source)
  • Justly thou abhorrest
    That son, who on the quiet state of men
    Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
    Rational liberty; yet know withal,
    Since thy original lapse, true liberty
    Is lost, which always with right reason dwells
    Twinned, and from her hath no dividual being:
    Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,
    Immediately inordinate desires,
    And upstart passions, catch the government
    From reason; and to servitude reduce
    Man, till then free.†   (source)
  • When he was departed, his sister expressed more bitterness (if possible) against him than she had done while he was present; for the truth of which she appealed to Mr Blifil, who, with great complacence, acquiesced entirely in all she said; but excused all the faults of Mr Western, "as they must be considered," he said, "to have proceeded from the too inordinate fondness of a father, which must be allowed the name of an amiable weakness."†   (source)
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