puerile

Definition: Related to childhood; childish, silly

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Jane Eyre - By Charlotte Bront
...A puerile tear dimmed my eye while I looked--a tear of disappointment and impatience : ashamed of it, I wiped it away ....
War and Peace - By Leo Tolstoy
...And so, while they unconsciously obeyed the law of the co-operation of forces, these men, marching eastwards in dense multitudes to slaughter their fellow-men, were moved by the combination of those numerous puerile reasons by which the common herd sought to account for this mighty migration ....
The House of Mirth - By Edith Wharton, A. B. Wenzell
...It seemed to him necessary, at that moment, to proclaim, by some habitual gesture of this sort, his recovered hold on the actual : he had an almost puerile wish to let his companion see that, their flight over, he had landed on his feet ....
Daisy Miller - By Henry James, Agnethe Bj
...I can not, in thinking of him and his somewhat baffling failure of immediate acceptance, promise myself that his right will be acknowledged soon; his own generation, in its superior refinement, was better fitted to appreciate him than the present period coarsened and vulgarized by the prevalence of puerile romance; and yet if his earliest masterpiece had...
This Side of Paradise - By Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940, Francis Scott Fitzgerald
...Burne opened the paper and read : " ` He who is not with me is against me, as that gentleman said who was notoriously capable of only coarse distinctions and puerile generalities . ' "...
Middlemarch - By George Eliot
...He began spontaneously to consider whether it would be possible to carry out that puerile notion of Rosamond 's which had often made him angry, namely, that they should quit Middlemarch without seeing anything beyond that preface ....
Main Street - By Sinclair Lewis
...Carol was deft, and won shy praise from Kennicott, but as her shoulder blades began to sting, she wondered how many millions of women had lied to themselves during the death-rimmed years through which they had pretended to enjoy the puerile methods persisting in housework ....
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...His own lodging consists but of two rooms; he has no servant, and yet he will not suffer Madame Walravens to dispose of those splendid jewels with which you see her adorned, and in which she takes a puerile pride as the ornaments of her youth, and the last relics of her son 's, the jeweler 's wealth . "...
Tarzan of the Apes - By A.C. McClurg & Company, Edgar Rice Burroughs
...Professor Porter deigned to make no response to this puerile inquiry ....
The Deerslayer, Or, The First War-path - By James Fenimore Cooper
...The Raven had no sooner made his unsuccessful and puerile effort, than he was succeeded by le Daim-Mose, or The Moose; a middle-aged warrior, who was particularly skilful in the use of the tomahawk, and from whose attempt the spectators confidently looked for gratification ....
The Shadow Line - By Joseph Conrad
...The words that passed between us were few and puerile in regard of the situation ....
The Development of the English Novel - By Wilbur Lucius Cross
...Weak, puerile, and affected as he was, Lyly wrote with the best intentions; he was a Puritan educated in the casuistry of Home ....
Romola - By George Eliot
...Florentines whose passions were engaged in their petty and precarious political schemes might have no self-interest separable from family pride and tenacity in old hatreds and attachments; a modern simpleton who swallowed whole one of the old systems of philosophy, and took the indigestion it occasioned for the signs of a divine afflux or the voice of an inward monitor, might see his interest in a form of self-conceit, which he called self-rewarding virtue; fanatics who believed in the coming scourge and renovation might see their own interest in a future palm branch and white robe : but no man of clear intellect allowed his course to be determined by such puerile impulses or questionable inward fumes ....
History of Prose Fiction - By John Colin Dunlop, Henry Wilson
...The magic of Moraes, " he continues, " is not good; the cup of tears is a puerile fiction compared with the garland which blossoms out on the head of Oriana ....
The Touchstone - By Edith Wharton
...Her little presents, one by one, had disappeared from his rooms, and her letters, kept from some unacknowledged puerile vanity in the possession of such treasures, seldom came beneath his hand ... " Her letters will be of special value--" Her letters !...
Heroines of Fiction - By William Dean Howells
...I can not, in thinking of him and his somewhat baffling failure of immediate acceptance, promise myself that his right will be acknowledged soon; his own generation, in its superior refinement, was better fitted to appreciate him than the present period coarsened and vulgarized by the prevalence of puerile romance; and yet if his earliest masterpiece had been offered to this thicker-witted time, I doubt if it would have suffered the same injustice which it met from a more enlightened tribunal, or at least the same kind of injustice ....
Ten Thousand a Year - By Samuel Warren
...On Gammon the scene they had been witnessing had made a profound impression; and as his attention was now and then called off from contemplating it by some ignorant and puerile remark of the proprietor of the fine domain, he felt a momentary exasperation at himself for the part he had taken in the expulsion of the Aubreys, and the introduction of such a creature as Titmouse ....
Magna Carta - By William Dameron Guthrie
...The fact that the writers of most of these letters are sincere need not be challenged, but, this being conceded, many of the statements show an utter failure to investigate the facts and an entire indifference to the truth, and some are obviously puerile, or inexcusably inaccurate and reckless ....
Seraphita - By Honor
...They saw then how puerile were the human sciences of which they had heard ....