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  • When complaint was made to the prefects of the palace, now the governors of our theatres, Duroc said that the orders of the Emperor were that no notice should be taken of this 'etourderie', which should not occur again.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • At the sound of this resonant merriment, within the very ears of insulted authority, I could not myself forbear joining in it; subdued to this, not so much by the unhappy etourderie of the trunk, as by the effect it had upon the groom.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • As soon as I knew she was no more, it was brought home to me very forcibly by my conscience that I ought to endeavour to disperse the shade which my etourderie flung over my name, by asking you to carry out your promise to me.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • We had come into this village on a gallop, driven with the lighthearted etourderie of French vanity, and we left it gravely, under the guidance of postilions who philosophically smoked, as their cattle trotted along like elephants.

    A Residence in France

  • At the sound of this resonant merriment, within the very ears of insulted authority, I could not myself forbear joining in it; subdued to this, not so much by the unhappy _etourderie_ of the trunk, as by the effect it had upon the groom.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • Depend upon it, there is some mistake, and that a day or two will clear it up; at any rate, that Henry is blameless, and in spite of a moment's etourderie, thinks of nobody but you.

    Mansfield Park

  • Depend upon it there is some mistake, and that a day or two will clear it up -- at any rate, that Henry is blameless, and in spite of a moment's etourderie thinks of nobody but you.

    Mansfield Park

  • Depend upon it, there is some mistake, and that a day or two will clear it up; at any rate, that Henry is blameless, and in spite of a moment's _etourderie_, thinks of nobody but you.

    Mansfield Park

  • Even Charles de Launi appeared for a time to lose the wild etourderie of his own character in that of the polished gentleman, and gave with peculiar grace, when called upon for a song, one in which, couched in beautiful and appropriate language, the Genius of the island was personified as felicitating my arrival.

    The Monk and the Vine-dresser: or, the Emigrants of Bellesme

  • Henry is blameless, and in spite of a moment's _etourderie_, thinks of nobody but you.

    Mansfield Park

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  • thoughtlessness, blundering, absent-mindedness, or an instance thereof; a careless mistake

    July 7, 2015