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Definition very small or of little importance


a 6-inch tall inhabitant of Lilliput in a novel by Jonathan Swift
  • That's a war for military clicks and Lilliputians.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • At night Thomas could hear his uneven footsteps like those of a giant in a bedroom of Lilliputian dimensions who could not help knocking over furniture.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Where they had been were now long, water-cloudy scoriations resembling the sporadic course of a lilliputian mowing machine.
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • Arnold's photograph of the aftermath showed a Lilliputian man, possibly Burnham, standing before a great mound of shattered wood and tangled steel.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • We live in two different dimensions, you and I. You came into my life like Gulliver entering the land of the Lilliputians.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • 'Oh, father!' exclaimed Jack, 'I hope they are Lilliputians!
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I reflected what a mortification it must prove to me, to appear as inconsiderable in this nation, as one single Lilliputian would be among us.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Some areas looked as though they had experienced the upheavals of Lilliputian volcanos.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • Monterrey's factories were terrifying in the enormity of scale, which made a man feel small and vulnerable like Lilliputians in a world of Gullivers.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The others followed suit, and soon Max writhed and chuckled beneath the Lilliputian assault.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Though his interaction with the Lilliputians wasn't the strongest section, you would be hard pressed to find equally clever interplay of parody and originality.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Oscar was the acknowledged prima donna of the group, the golden boy of island athletics, who used his height and weight effectively under the boards to shove out any lilliputian who challenged his right to that domain.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Tiny things?" and invited Jolene into the dining room to inspect the shelves of a whatnot on which were arranged assorted Lilliputian gewgaws-scissors, thimbles, crystal flower baskets, toy figurines, forks and knives.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • It might have pleased fortune, to have let the Lilliputians find some nation, where the people were as diminutive with respect to them, as they were to me.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • For the Lilliputians think nothing can be more unjust, than for people, in subservience to their own appetites, to bring children into the world, and leave the burthen of supporting them on the public.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • The reader may please to observe, that, in the last article of the recovery of my liberty, the emperor stipulates to allow me a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 Lilliputians.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • 'You must be content to give up the Lilliputians and accept penguins, my dear Jack,' said I. 'We have not before seen them in such numbers, but Ernest knocked one down, if you remember, soon after we landed.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The Lilliputians, I think, are hardly worth the charge of a fleet and army to reduce them; and I question whether it might be prudent or safe to attempt the Brobdingnagians; or whether an English army would be much at their ease with the Flying Island over their heads.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • In like manner, the disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men as disown the authority under which he acts.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Some time after, asking a friend at court how they came to fix on that determinate number, he told me that his majesty's mathematicians, having taken the height of my body by the help of a quadrant, and finding it to exceed theirs in the proportion of twelve to one, they concluded from the similarity of their bodies, that mine must contain at least 1724 of theirs, and consequently would require as much food as was necessary to support that number of Lilliputians.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels

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