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diligent
used in Gulliver's Travels

6 uses
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Definition
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
  • he desired "I would go on with my utmost diligence to learn their language,"
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (22% in)
diligence = hard work and care
  • "Having thus, in obedience to your majesty's commands, diligently searched all his pockets, we observed a girdle about his waist made of the hide of some prodigious animal, from which, on the left side, hung a sword of the length of five men; and on the right, a bag or pouch divided into two cells, each cell capable of holding three of your majesty's subjects.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (29% in)
  • I would gladly have taken a dozen of the natives, but this was a thing the emperor would by no means permit; and, besides a diligent search into my pockets, his majesty engaged my honour "not to carry away any of his subjects, although with their own consent and desire."
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (96% in)
  • This flapper is likewise employed diligently to attend his master in his walks, and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes; because he is always so wrapped up in cogitation, that he is in manifest danger of falling down every precipice, and bouncing his head against every post; and in the streets, of justling others, or being justled himself into the kennel.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (10% in)
  • The beast and I were brought close together, and by our countenances diligently compared both by master and servant, who thereupon repeated several times the word Yahoo.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (12% in)
  • He took up all my clothes in his pastern, one piece after another, and examined them diligently; he then stroked my body very gently, and looked round me several times; after which, he said, it was plain I must be a perfect Yahoo; but that I differed very much from the rest of my species in the softness, whiteness, and smoothness of my skin; my want of hair in several parts of my body; the shape and shortness of my claws behind and before; and my affectation of walking continually on...
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (21% in)

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