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  • adv. In a causeless manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a causeless manner; without cause or reason.


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causeless +‎ -ly


  • I would not, causelessly, alarm my husband: nor would

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • She lived, meanwhile, wholly shut up from all company, consigned to penitence for her indiscretions, to grief for the fate of her sister, and to wasting regret of her own causelessly lost felicity.


  • She expostulated upon his having so causelessly terrified her, and enquired why he came so disguised.


  • 'Nor should I – nor could I –' she cried '' refuse him – for I have every reliance in his honour – but that the guilty world, ignorant of the purity of our friendship, might causelessly alarm my brother for my fame.


  • 'You, indeed,' continued the temperate Eugenia, 'if so situated, would not so have behaved; you would not have been so unjust; and you could not have been so weak; but still, if you had received, however causelessly, any alarm for the affection of the man you meant to marry, and that man were as amiable as Edgar, you would have been equally disturbed.'


  • Those scruples and that refinement against which he warned her, she herself thought might be overstrained, and to gratify unnecessary punctilio, the short period of existence be rendered causelessly unhappy.


  • When he awoke, and sprang up causelessly frightened, the words were in his ears, as if her voice had slowly spoken them at his pillow, to break his rest: ‘He withers away in his prison; I wither away in mine; inexorable justice is done; what do I owe on this score!’

    Little Dorrit

  • I was indifferent, I said, about what he could say of me; and I was sure it could not be to my disadvantage; and as he had no reason to impute to me the forwardness which my unkind friends had so causelessly taxed me with.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • If so, I am afraid I can now do nothing that will give me more disgrace than I have already so causelessly received by their indiscreet persecutions: and let me be whose I will, and do what I will, I shall never wipe off the stain which my confinement, and the rigorous usage I have received, have fixed upon me; at least in my own opinion.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I believe the gentlest spirits when provoked (causelessly and cruelly provoked) are the most determined.

    Clarissa Harlowe


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