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Definition taking on different forms; or showing great variety
  • Why shouldn't we all meet, as in some epic of protean gods and ordinary people, aloft, well-formed, shining?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • 'You can do a Protean Charm?' said Terry Boot.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • In peacetime the protean characteristics of the mountainscape meant nothing more than that parties of sportsmen lost their way and were forced to extend their food supply to cover a few extra days of walking.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The eyes themselves were of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same; which runs through many shades and colourings like intershot silk in sunshine; which is grey, dark and light, and greenish-grey, and sometimes of the clear azure of the deep sea.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Donald appeared not to see her at all, and answered her wise little remarks with curtly indifferent monosyllables, his looks and faculties hanging on the woman who could boast of a more Protean variety in her phases, moods, opinions, and also principles, than could Elizabeth.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • ...blood there in circulation it would make less frequent the chokings and other pains to which she was liable; besides, in the life of complete inertia which she led she attached to the least of her sensations an extraordinary importance, endowed them with a Protean ubiquity which made it difficult for her to keep them secret, and, failing a confidant to whom she might communicate them, she used to promulgate them to herself in an unceasing monologue which was her sole form of activity.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • She was so many-sided, so many-mooded—"protean-mooded" I called her.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • We take one each, and when Harry sets the date of the next meeting he'll change the numbers on his coin, and because I've put a Protean Charm on them, they'll all change to mimic his.'
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • /Good/ is almost as protean.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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