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diminutive
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

6 uses
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Definition
very small
  • "WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO REFER TO ME AS 'LITTLE,' AS DIMINUTIVE,' AS 'MINIATURE'?"
    p. 206.2
  • Anyway, the armadillo was packed in a box designed for transporting chisels—for something Owen called WEDGES AND FEATHERS—and Owen solemnly promised that no harm would come to the diminutive beast.
    p. 66.7
  • Owen himself was taken as a "sign" by poor Germaine; his diminutive size suggested to her that Owen was small enough to actually enter the body and soul of another person—and cause that person to perform unnatural acts.
    p. 193.7
  • The critic added, "The shopworn ghost-story part of the tale has been energized by the brilliant performance of little Owen Meany, who—despite his diminutive size—is a huge presence onstage; the miniature Meany simply dwarfs the other performers.
    p. 206.0
  • " "THEY CALLED ME 'LITTLE,' THEY CALLED ME 'DIMINUTIVE,' THEY CALLED ME 'MINIATURE'!"
    p. 206.4
  • "THEY'RE UNNATURAL," he said; but what, I thought, could be more UNNATURAL than the squeaky falsetto of The Granite Mouse or his commanding presence, which was so out of proportion to his diminutive size?
    p. 275.7

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