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cursory
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

4 uses
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Definition
quick—not thorough (without attention to detail)
  • She accepted these terms, and slid off on the near side, though not till he had stolen a cursory kiss.
    1 — The Maiden (96% in)
  • And the thorny crown of this sad conception was that she whom he really did prefer in a cursory way to the rest, she who knew herself to be more impassioned in nature, cleverer, more beautiful than they, was in the eyes of propriety far less worthy of him than the homelier ones whom he ignored.
    3 — The Rally (92% in)
  • The cursory remarks of the large-minded stranger, of whom he knew absolutely nothing beyond a commonplace name, were sublimed by his death, and influenced Clare more than all the reasoned ethics of the philosophers.
    6 — The Convert (60% in)
  • She cursorily signified the direction of the church, and went on, d'Urberville saying that he would see them again, in case they should be still unsuccessful in their search for shelter, of which he had just heard.
    6 — The Convert (96% in)

There are no more uses of "cursory" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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