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Definition memorization by repetition
  • She memorized her lesson by rote, but never really understood it.
rote = memorization by repetition
  • "They will get used to it," the soldier said as if the words were rote in his mouth.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • rote = memorized by repetition
  • TITANIA First, rehearse your song by rote, To each word a warbling note; Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Will we sing, and bless this place.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • (By rote; a kind of almost-tearful recitation) Our son.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • The major difficulty in training animals is that they operate either by instinct or by rote.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He felt calm, like an actor reciting his lines by rote.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • "Mark it with your initials," said Mr. Dark, by rote.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Instead of being a rote learning thing, there's a pattern I can figure out.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Now, our voices were so many fewer, so tired and broken, dragging through the notes by rote.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Rote prayers, but prayers all the same.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • I watch his mouth, lip-reading the Polish phrases he's learned by rote.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • She gave him his breakfast and he watched her and he listened as she spoke by rote.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • And don't take us too seriously when we turn up our noses at rote learning.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The preacher, a tired little pinched-face man in a shabby black suit, said the service by rote and read a short, impersonal prayer.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • I come out of a country where educated men are promoted at the whim of morons who recite Marxist litany by rote.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Eragon lost himself in the arcane glyphs, happy to have a task that required nothing more strenuous than rote memorization.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Sansa knew the words by rote.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I fret on that all through drama, flub my lines every time the thought blankets my brain, disrupts rote memory.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Sorcerers often won't bother with such rote necessities—their energies and instincts are so great that they can simply improvise what they need.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege

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