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  • n. Plural form of dullness.


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  • Addison's Cato, Johnson's Irene, and the dramas of Racine and Corneille are among the abysmal dullnesses mankind owes to its excessive estimation of the past.

    G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study

  • The worst of Pisa is, or would be to some persons, that, socially speaking, it has its dullnesses; it is not lively like Florence, not in that way.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Great pantomimes have I seen at the Grecian -- a happy gallery boy at three pence -- pantomimes compact of fun and fantasy, far surpassing, even to the man's eye, the gilded dullnesses of Drury Lane.

    Without Prejudice

  • We had one game in the ship which was a good time-passer -- at least it was at night in the smoking-room when the men were getting freshened up from the day's monotonies and dullnesses.

    Following the Equator

  • The extremes of vice and virtue are alike detestable; absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is, let alone the dullnesses of it and the pomposities of it. iii

    The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

  • "I think of it as it should have been, with its prolixities docked, its dullnesses enlivened, its fads eliminated, its truths multiplied," he wrote in dedicating it to his brother's memory.

    NYT > Home Page

  • a little bit bored with parties; and together through all that riot of music and flowers and rainbow colors and dazzling lights they trotted and tangoed with monotonous perfection -- the envied and admired of all beholders; two superbly physical young specimens of manhood and womanhood, desperately condoning each other's dullnesses for the sake of each other's good looks.

    Little Eve Edgarton


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