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jejune
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
boring, simplistic, or childish
The exact meaning of jejune depends upon its context. Each indicates that something desired is lacking. For example:
  • jejune ideas — lacking interest or significance
  • jejune response — lacking maturity or sophistication
  • jejune diet — lacking nutritional value
  • I am not sure that he would not have longed for the quarrelling again, if it had ceased for an entire week; and it is certain that an acquiescent, mild wife would have left his meditations comparatively jejune and barren of mystery.
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (60% in)
  • Mors omnibus est communis would have been jejune, only she liked to know the Latin; but the fortunate gentleman whom every one congratulated because he had a son "endowed with such a disposition" afforded her a great deal of pleasant conjecture, and she was quite lost in the "thick grove penetrable by no star," when Tom called out,— "Now, then, Magsie, give us the Grammar!"
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (78% in)
  • To see an enemy humiliated gives a certain contentment, but this is jejune compared with the highly blent satisfaction of seeing him humiliated by your benevolent action or concession on his behalf.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (88% in)

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