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  • The words of this article are peremptory.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Dr. Stadler asked in the courteously peremptory tone of an order.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I commanded peremptorily.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • The brother lingered on; Mr Nickleby's wife constantly urged him to avow their marriage; he peremptorily refused.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • BERENGER peremptorily switches it off But in the distance other trumpetings, like echoes, can be heard.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Then Amory went briskly to the bureau and, taking his pocket-book, beckoned peremptorily to the girl.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Moran makes a peremptory sign to be quiet.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • "And I strongly suggest that you rule in my favor," Jim said peremptorily.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "Don't think that, dear," she cried, rather peremptorily.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "Now," he said peremptorily, "step forward, please.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "Sir, I want to be married at once," declared Kells, peremptorily.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • This she says to the two women on the sofa, her usual peremptory rough-cut slapdash manner, and as usual she gets away with it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • His cultured gestures were all too peremptory—he liked Hans Castorp.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • If not, Diana could choose to use one of her peremptory strikes.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "Bother!" said the man, peremptorily, turning to the girl; "you go right along, and curl yourself real smart!"
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • After she was in bed and her own light out, there was a peremptory pounding on the porch floor.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "Stand by to receive your dog," was Scott's peremptory order to Cherokee's owner.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • As the announcement was vague, though very peremptory, Little Dorrit returned, 'Let us talk about it.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • So peremptorily did these shades beckon him, that each day mankind and the claims of mankind slipped farther from him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • It clung to her with a tight insistence that seemed conscious, like the peremptory caress of a cat.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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