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Definition marked by care and persistent effort
  • Each male Pawnee was sedulous to omit no one of the strange warriors in his attentions, and of course the ceremony occupied some time.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • All other enquiries are most sedulously discouraged.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • We assemble in parks and halls and sedulously oppose any renegade (Neville, Louis, Rhoda) who sets up a separate existence.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • He was working sedulously on both knees.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • As she had feared, sleep sedulously avoided her eyes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She wondered what sort of herbs they were which the old man was so sedulous to gather.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The ape is too distant to be sedulous.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • The voice was overly ingratiating, sedulously sweet.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Yet there was nothing finicking about their politeness—it had the public-school touch, and, though sedulous, was virile.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • When we questioned him in our turn, he gave us all the information we required; he then attended sedulously, but without eagerness, to our personal wants.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • M. He now begs them to search with the most sedulous care, and should any of the same quality be left, to forward it to him at once.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • "The sedulous ape,' he murmured.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • This sort of gingerbread is baked daily and more sedulously than pure wheat or rye-and-Indian in almost every oven, and finds a surer market.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • For three hours they danced and drank together, sedulously avoiding any serious topic of conversation.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • To be sedulous in promoting anothers good; also to flatter, is to Honour; as a signe we seek his protection or ayde.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • We bought some biscuits and chocolate which we ate sedulously as we wandered through the squalid streets where the families of the fishermen live.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Miss Bartlett sedulously denied disapproving of any one, and added "I am afraid you are finding me a very depressing companion."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Leading the life I did, of the sedulous, strained nurse, I had to do something to keep myself fit.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • It had been her care which provided me a companion in Clerval—and yet a man is blind to a thousand minute circumstances which call forth a woman's sedulous attention.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As Beatrice came down the garden path, it was observable that she handled and inhaled the odor of several of the plants which her father had most sedulously avoided.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini's Daughter

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