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Sample sentences for the GRE study word desuetude

desuetude can be used as a
desuetude can be used as a adj

1.Albert was on the look-out, attending to his duties in a somewhat desultory fashion. - from The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
2.What selfevident enigma pondered with desultory constancy durin. - from Ulysses by James Joyce
3.His studies are very desultory and eccentric, but he has amassed a lot of out-of-the way knowledge which would astonish his professors.. - from A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
4.In the midst of a final desultory polishing of her silver, Tuppence was disturbed by the ringing of the front door bell, and went to answer it. - from The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
5.Our client appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a desultory chat with me over his business affairs. - from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
6.Miss Bates had just done as Patty opened the door and her visitors walked upstairs without having any regular narration to attend to, pursued only by the sounds of her desultory good-will. - from Emma by Jane Austen
7."To dream," he continued, resuming the tone of his desultory conversation, as he held up to the rich light of a censer one of the magnificent vases--"to dream has been the business of my life. - from The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
8.After nineteen years of desultory work, in which he showed far more zeal in gathering Highland legends than in gaining clients, he had won two small legal offices which gave him enough income to support him comfortably. - from English Literature by William J. Long

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