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Definition something a little different from others of the same type
  • It was a variant of the same old story.
variant = something a little different from others of the same type
  • Andrew Carnegie helped eliminate many variant spellings through the Simplified Spelling Board.
  • variant = different
  • His argument is a variant of the continuum fallacy which argues that if you can't draw the line precisely between X and non-X, there's no distinction at all between X and non-X.
  • It is a modern variant of a coming-of-age story.
  • Rorty described analytic philosophy as a variant of Kantian philosophy.
  • Cupid and Psyche is perhaps the earliest variant on this tale.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • And just as guilts of variant cause and intricacy were etched forever in her own and Grace's hearts, so too was the hurt she had wrought in his.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Variants of this rumormongering set off other cities.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I looked at my parents' aliases and their birthdays, which variants I knew.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Raven talks to the waiter for a while in some variant of Taxilinga.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Contrahit orator, variant in carmine vates.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • In my thinking we were still no more than unhappy minor variants; but I could look back and consider why we had been forced to flee...... I glanced at Petra.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • 'I am of opeenion it is not your old gentleman's precise releegion, but rather sub-variant of same.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • There were manuscripts there which he needed for the purpose of checking variant readings of the Talmudic passage on which he was working.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • I witnessed this scene or its variant at least a score of times andI felt no anger or hatred, only disgust and loathing.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • But in each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The penciled note in the paperback had mentioned a variant.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • To such allowances the ablebodied pauper and his nomadic variant the tramp are equally entitled.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • She had cut back on bodybuilding, that extreme variant of bodily glorification, some years ago.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • So the names Dyaus, Zeus, lov, and Tyr are dialectal variants of the same word.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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