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propinquity

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  • They were good friends, but it was a friendship born of propinquity rather than true affinity.
  • Normally, polar bears and Alaskan brown bears do not mate, but it has happened with the propinquity of a shared cage at the zoo.
  • But he reassured himself with a glance down at his host—a big man himself but dwarfed by the propinquity of the giant.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Sweet propinquity and the Warren money!
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It did not appear to him to be a matter of a dark night and a propinquity and so on.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • For the first time within reckoning society permitted, indeed encouraged, unhindered propinquity of the flesh but still forbade the flesh's fulfillment.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Those who went before are soon forgotten; of those who will come after no one has any idea: the interest of man is confined to those in close propinquity to himself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But it was the constant shadow of my presence, the closest propinquity of the man whom he had most vilely wronged, and who had grown to exist only by this perpetual poison of the direst revenge!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Ah, lucky girls who grow up in the shelter of a mother's love—a mother who knows how to contrive opportunities without conceding favours, how to take advantage of propinquity without allowing appetite to be dulled by habit!
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Susan's sight of her passing figure earlier in the evening, not five minutes after the sick boy's exclamation, "Mother, I do feel so bad!" persuaded the matron that an evil influence was certainly exercised by Eustacia's propinquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • As she walked, however, some footsteps approached behind her, the footsteps of a man; and owing to the briskness of his advance he was close at her heels and had said "Good morning" before she had been long aware of his propinquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • I don't plead propinquity: the fact that I, a woman young and at the age for marrying and in a time when most of the young men whom I would have known ordinarily were dead on lost battlefields, that I lived for two years under the same roof with him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Appalled by the vision conjured by Chicago's Dedication Day, of crème and rabble mixing in such volume and with such indecorous propinquity, McCallister in a column in the New York World advised "it is not quantity but quality that the society people here want.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • They may love other individuals far better than their relatives,—they may even cherish dislike, or positive hatred, to the latter; but yet, in view of death, the strong prejudice of propinquity revives, and impels the testator to send down his estate in the line marked out by custom so immemorial that it looks like nature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Let it be so,—thy truth then be thy dower: For, by the sacred radiance of the sun, The mysteries of Hecate, and the night; By all the operation of the orbs, From whom we do exist and cease to be; Here I disclaim all my paternal care, Propinquity, and property of blood, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee, from this for ever.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • He was always poring through his torn-up pocket dictionary (his name scrawled in Cyrillic on the front, with the English carefully lettered beneath: BORYS VOLODYMYROVYCH PAVLIKOVSKY) and I was always finding old 7-Eleven napkins and bits of scratch paper with lists of words and terms he'd made: bridle and domesticate
    celerity
    trattoria
    wise guy = Kpymoiinauatt
    propinquity
    Dereliction of duty.
    When his dictionary failed him, he consulted me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The two conditions are always distinct and always in propinquity; the tie that connects them is as lasting as they are themselves.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Russ wants to believe they are still assembled in some recognizable manner, the kindred unit at the radio, old lines and ties and propinquities.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Trenor, a little heated by his unusual flow of words, and perhaps by prolonged propinquity with the decanters, was bending over the latter to decipher their silver labels.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • That was how women with lovers lived in the wicked old societies, in apartments with all the rooms on one floor, and all the indecent propinquities that their novels described.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence

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