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naive
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
lacking experience or sophistication, and the understanding that comes from them — often too trusting or optimistic
  • Celia was not without a touch of naive malice.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (12% in)
  • He showed the white object under his arm, which was a tiny Maltese puppy, one of nature's most naive toys.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (21% in)
  • Miss Brooke was certainly very naive with all her alleged cleverness.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (50% in)
  • A more naive girl would have said, "Oh, everything!"
    Book 2 — Old and Young (36% in)
  • He was often invited to the Bulstrodes'; but the girls there were hardly out of the schoolroom; and Mrs. Bulstrode's naive way of conciliating piety and worldliness, the nothingness of this life and the desirability of cut glass, the consciousness at once of filthy rags and the best damask, was not a sufficient relief from the weight of her husband's invariable seriousness.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (45% in)
  • "What can be their reasons?" said Dorothea, with naive surprise.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (8% in)
  • Rosamond was naively convinced of what an old gentleman ought to do to prevent her from suffering annoyance.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (20% in)

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