Phrases with "objectionable"

Anthony Trollope Then she remembered that should this perverse young woman insist upon going to Mrs. Houghton’s house with so objectionable a companion, her duty to her brother demanded that she also should go. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Theodore Dreiser What must she do? Stay here as a pensioner? The idea was objectionable to her. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Heretofore she had acknowledged Peter as her friend, in spite of his creaking shoes and objectionable hat. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe It is objectionable solely on account of its position as the opening foot of a trochaic rhythm. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

I turned upon her with cold ferocity: “As to objectionable old women, they are first strangled quietly, then cut up into small pieces and thrown away, a bit here and a bit there. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Wilkie Collins That objectionable tendency of mine to easily suspect others was, I suppose, excited once more. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

He was a member of the Council, where he made himself objectionable to the authorities. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Nikolai Gogol But the lady was satisfied when the objectionable tone was quite banished. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Anthony Trollope It cannot in any circumstance be easy to write to a father of his daughter’s love for an objectionable lover; but the Duke’s character added much to the severity of the task. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling He looked more objectionable than ever. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Afterwards, on the woman praying to God, this passage was revealed, abolishing the objectionable form of divorce. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

He never seemed to do any work, but sat most of the day in a big well-cushioned chair behind the counter, laying down the law and making himself generally objectionable to his family. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Willa Cather Nobody knew what the cornflowers were, except Willy Katz, an Austrian boy from the Omaha packing-houses, and he knew only an objectionable name for them, so he offered no information. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope To commit great crimes is the line of life that comes naturally to some men, and was, as she thought, a line less objectionable than that which confines itself to small crimes. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling It led him into spending money beyond his means, which were good: above that, the education spoilt an average boy and made it a tenth-rate man of an objectionable kind. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He looked just as objectionable as ever, and he stared at me till I nearly threw my wine glass at him. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The lenient felt nothing blatant or objectionable about it. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing Horace disliked this arrangement, for the objectionable Mankelow lived in the same house. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope She always took his part when his conduct was canvassed, although she was aware how personally objectionable he was to her friends. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I’m going to run my own life!” In this mood he was particularly objectionable at the Boosters’ Club lunch next day. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith Feudalism is not an objectionable thing if you can be sure of the lord. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Charles Dickens During conference I was evidently regarded as a much more objectionable person than the prisoner; — one giving trouble by coming there voluntarily, which the prisoner could not be accused of doing. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

The objectionable sister-in-law postponed her visit until the afternoon and for more than an hour Stephanie “suffered agonies. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Anthony Trollope One set of objectionable words he encounters after another, till the whole seems to him to be damnable, and the oration is condemned. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope It would trouble his conscience less to sit for Loughton and vote for an objectionable clause as a member of the Government, than it would have done to give such a vote as an independent member. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence There is no need to go into the details of Alvina’s six months in Islington. The food was objectionable — yet Alvina got fat on it. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

The devil has been dry-cleaned, but the evil odors of later fiction are more objectionable than the fumes of the pit, are more variant, more individual and distinctive. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

She must have tamed down what was objectionable in her to sugar and sweetness while setting her cap at Bevere; while he—he must have been blind, physically and mentally. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle The objectionable Billy Bones is haunted by the dread of “a seafaring man with one leg. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

George Meredith Presuming that such a signal, objectionable as it was, must be addressed to himself, he considered whether he should lift his hat, or simply smile as a favoured, but not too deeply flattered, man. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

James Payn Sir Richard took the objectionable missive between his finger and thumb. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

H. G. Wells These, too, are morally objectionable creatures that do not disgust. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

They say that life in common with a mother-in-law is objectionable to a son-in-law, therefore I wish you to have a home of your own. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Anthony Trollope The man had made himself objectionable and had been dispossessed. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He knew well enough that the thought of any loving, any sort of real coming together between himself and anybody or anything, was just objectionable to him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope A pony was an animal which of its very nature was objectionable to him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Guy de Maupassant Excellent, this water of Chatel-Guyon! I am taking the widows to dine at Riom. A sad town whose anagram constitutes it an objectionable neighbor to healing springs: Riom, Mori. “July 28th. My Twenty-Five Days (Mes Vingt-cinq Jours) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Wilkie Collins Doctor Allday — Mr. Alban Morris.” The doctor recognized the man, with the felt hat and the objectionable beard, whose personal appearance had not impressed him favorably. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Gissing I thought it the least objectionable way of getting information. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence A kind of fire would go over Christiana Crich’s brain, as she saw two more pale-faced, creeping women in objectionable black clothes, cringing lugubriously up the drive to the door. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen My conduct may, I fear, be objectionable in having accepted my dismission from your daughter’s lips instead of your own. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Anthony Trollope The word slaughter was in itself peculiarly objectionable to my ears, — to me who had undertaken to perform the first ceremony as an act of grace. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Midsummer is objectionable for the variety of its objects of allusion. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith He spied an objectionable animal. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Anthony Trollope Would she do so if his pretensions were thoroughly objectionable to her? “I saw that you were successful this evening,” said Madame Max Goesler to him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

John Stuart Mill And so far from the assumption being less objectionable or less dangerous because the opinion is called immoral or impious, this is the case of all others in which it is most fatal. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe A somewhat less objectionable error, although still a decided one, is that of commencing a rhythm not with a different equivalent foot but with a “bastard” foot of the rhythm intended. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Once or twice we have found him admitting still more objectionable articles into his materia medica; in doing which, I am sorry to say that he could plead grave and learned authority. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

D. H. Lawrence There’s something even objectionable in him — his thick thighs —” Ursula was silent. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Perhaps, the next lady lodger I got might be quite as objectionable as Miss Perkins.” “Get a gentleman lodger, can’t you?” “I might, sir; but it’s only a chance, you know. My Lodger by Mary Fortune

Thomas Hardy The step which Swithin had entreated her to take, objectionable and premature as it had seemed in a county aspect, would at all events have saved her from this dilemma. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Arthur Machen Of course, it may be my fancy; but the lad reminds me of those very objectionable persons who are said to have a joke up their sleeve. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Theodore Dreiser The thought was painful to him — objectionable in every way. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope After that there arose a conversation between the father and son as to Mr. Greenwood. The Marquis was very desirous that the man who had become so objectionable to him should quit the house. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I then turned my eyes into the corners and looked at the lady, to see whether by this means I had got rid of what was objectionable in my personal appearance. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Theodore Dreiser She isn’t objectionable in any way. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith An outer world is thoughtless of situations which prepare us to meet the objectionable with a will benumbed;—if we do not, as does that outer world, belong to the party of the readily heroical. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Willa Cather If “odalisque” had been what Ray called an objectionable word, he would have thrown the picture out in the first place. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

However, if she did not marry Mallow, he knew well that she would marry no one else, least of all the objectionable Arkwright, Cuthbert derived some degree of comfort from this small fact. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

The objectionable passage was of course annulled, and the verse made to read as it now stands. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Leslie Stephen The halfpence, then, were not objectionable upon this ground. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

George Gissing His brother Oliver, now seventeen, was developing into a type of young man as objectionable as it is easily recognised. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Radio communication with foreign lands, however, came to seem very objectionable to the provincial governments, which, of course, controlled the whole of each provincial radio system. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

William Blades A coal fire is objectionable on many grounds. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Radclyffe Hall Mrs. Ogden had decided that rooms were both objectionable and expensive, and that unless she could go to an hotel she would rather stay at home. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope A thing which was in itself meritorious might become dangerous and objectionable by reason of other things which it would bring in its train. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

D. H. Lawrence Clever and attractive as he undoubtedly was, he was perhaps the most objectionable person to know. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing This objectionable youth had long since been everywhere and seen everything. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope But, nevertheless, she would very much rather dance with Colonel Stubbs. She was sure of that, even without reference to Tom’s objectionable love-making. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald His brother was Senator Fraser, his son- in-law was Congressman Demming, and his influence, though not wielded in such a way as to make him an objectionable boss, was strong nevertheless. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bram Stoker Stuffed serpents of the most objectionable and horrid kind; giant insects from the tropics, fearsome in every detail; fishes and crustaceans covered with weird spikes; dried octopuses of great size. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Leslie Stephen Some of them are, as a frank critic observes, “beastly;” but a brief report of the least objectionable may serve as a specimen of the whole performance. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Meredith It is not an objectionable scheme. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

H. G. Wells Billy puffed out his cheeks to blow a sigh, and then decided to be angry and say “Damn!” This way of living which made him uncomfortable was clearly an irrational and objectionable way of living. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

An objectionable quality of the female mind. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Leslie Stephen The objectionable passage was removed, but Irene was on the whole a failure, and has never, I imagine, made another appearance. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

He put it down as a pretty pose, and found it as objectionable as the one he had painted. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

John Galsworthy What was there objectionable in that? In his charge money was in quicker and more useful flux than it would be in charge of the State and a lot of slow-fly money-sucking officials. To Let by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling I am only convinced that The Dancing Master is attracted to The Dowd because he is objectionable in every way and she in every other. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Trollope The matter you know is now in my hands, and I pledge myself that shall suffice; I really think such a bagatelle as that cannot be objectionable to you. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anthony Trollope She is your wife, and you may be sure I shall never say a nasty word about her,—unless she makes herself very objectionable to me. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Theodore Dreiser A boy coming out of a gate with a tin milk bucket gave Hurstwood his first objectionable greeting. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope As regards taste they are objectionable to me also. North America by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy In the latter precocious and objectionable event his annuity would be forfeited. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Edgar Allan Poe And, in the constant view, the most objectionable phase of grandeur is that of extent; the worst phase of extent, that of distance. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

R. D. Blackmore Robin Lyth indeed! A sailor, a smuggler, a common working-man! And under that terrible accusation!” “An objectionable party altogether; not even desirable as a grandson. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

That hideous and objectionable vegetation, the Triodia irritans, or spinifex, was prevalent even in places where the waters sometimes flowed. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

The objectionable case of I. The personal pronoun in English has three cases, the dominative, the objectionable and the oppressive. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope There are female tourists in search of knowledge as well as male; but a woman has so much more tact than a man, that she is usually able to hide that which is objectionable in her mode of action. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Theodore Dreiser Then, as Butler strolled to and fro in this, to him, objectionable room, Cowperwood drove rapidly away. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Mr. Gowran repeated the objectionable word yet once again, and then retired. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Niagara is objectionable in many respects, and in none more so than in its frequent inversions of language, and the artificial character of its versification. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing Less objectionable was the ‘concordistic theory’, which interprets the ‘six days’ as so many vast periods of creative activity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope She did believe that the property which Lizzie was called upon to restore was held to be objectionable by Lord Fawn simply because it had reached Lizzie from the hands of her late husband. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Olive Schreiner On the other hand, if it be supposed that the possession of wealth or the means of earning it makes the human female objectionable to the male, all history and all daily experience negates it. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

There was a breath of merrymaking in the air — deuced fine revelry, but not objectionable so far. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. T. A. Hoffmann However objectionable it was to Master Wacht that Jonathan was to belong to a class which he hated, he did not by any means make the boy, or later the youth, feel the consequences of his displeasure. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Thomas Hardy He called up Martha Sarah. ‘How did these things come in my room?’ he said, flinging the objectionable articles to the floor. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

She would require the satisfaction of the verbal assurance; she would hope to extract more details; she would want the objectionable gratification of talking if over. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

He then returned to the house of his benefactor, but his conduct was so objectionable as to lead to a rupture. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

H. G. Wells When he asked her whether she wanted a divorce, she offered to throw over Sir Philip and banish him for ever as lightly as a great lady might sacrifice an objectionable poodle to her connubial peace. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

After that they moderated their objectionable conversation, substituting an accordion, and I slept the peaceful and refreshing sleep of youth and innocence. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Sinclair Lewis He went to lunch with Fran, Madame de Penable, and Billy Dawson, a young American who was the airiest and most objectionable of the De Penable’s gentlemen valets. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

This marriage is objectionable to me, but I implore your majesty to consent to it forthwith, and thus make Raoul happy. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Besides, the behaviour of congregations to their ministers, who were dependent, was often objectionable and unChristian. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Louisa May Alcott Three white-headed children peeped over the fence, and an objectionable dog barked at them from the other side of the river with all his might and main. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anthony Trollope That they were idle he was quite aware, having resolved that he would not willingly put himself into any position in which it might be probable that he should again meet that objectionable young man. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Charles Stur For this reason it is objectionable to associate any irresponsible person in such an undertaking. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Not that there was anything objectionable about them, according to outside standards; it was only that they were a little different in some way from the accepted school pattern. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Sigmund Freud In these no connection was too loose and no witticism too objectionable to serve as a bridge from one thought to another. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

An extreme distaste for that objectionable episode has tinged the views I hold as to the character and achievements of Napoleon the Great. I need not say that these are unfavourable. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

E. F. Benson I shall give my lusty South Wind a frock-coat and trousers and a top-hat, and send the design back to that foul-minded Department asking if I have now removed all objectionable features. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]