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  • adv. unfruitfully; unproductively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Unfruitfully; unproductively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unfruitfully.


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  • But I will discuss the website article, which consists of a string of poorly-spelled, barrenly vulgar hate mail received by Elder from blacks whom Elder claims are upset over some of the premises put forth in Stupid Black Men.

    The High Priests of Hyperbole!

  • The facts of knowledge, as they lie in the Understanding, may exhibit a rank growth of thoughts and images; but though flowers may adorn them, they will all perish barrenly; while, if the warmth of the Affections is thrown upon them, the rich clusters of fruit speedily appear; not only affording present delight, but promising to be the parents of numerous offspring yet to come.

    The Elements of Character

  • She waited in a hall that, despite its mission settee and red-tiled floor, was barrenly clean as a convent.

    The Job An American Novel

  • And then, as though with preconcerted design, though she had heard no word spoken, the group divided, splitting asunder with a precision that deepened the conviction of preconcertedness, ranging themselves on each side of the open space, leaving it gaping barrenly, unobstructed -- a stretch of windrowed alkali dust, deep, light and feathery.

    'Firebrand' Trevison

  • Some depth of insight convinced him that she loved him immortally, but he knew her need for mental companionship, and the thought that she might find it, however briefly and barrenly, with another man, sent him plunging once more.

    Sleeping Fires: a Novel

  • The Isleta is the latest volcano in Grand Canary, and except in certain states of the atmosphere it is utterly and barrenly hideous.

    A Tramp's Notebook

  • Enlightened by this idea, he sent a quick, seeing glance along the range of mountains standing out boldly and barrenly in front of them, and he knew it was not the

    With Hoops of Steel

  • He himself, very timid and conscious of his awkwardness, sat near, trying barrenly to get some of his thoughts out of his brain on to his tongue.

    A Mountain Woman

  • The child asleep again, he laid it on its bed, and then sat far into the night thinking barrenly.

    The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol

  • Pacing the contracted floor, sitting moodily in the chair, -- many a brooding hour had gone over his barrenly busy head, and written its darkening record in his book of life.

    Idolatry A Romance


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