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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of expatiate.


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  • As for Alfred Tennyson Dickens, broken in the depression of the 1890s, a firm of theatrical producers of Melbourne would ultimately organise tours of Britain and America where he read from his father's work and expatiated on his father's life.

    Travel: Dickens down under

  • Mr. Perkins, you have previously expatiated at great length on your reasons why you think your preferred style of writing and speaking is the only correct style of writing and speaking.

    URGENT The "Reform of the Reform" is in motion

  • Regarding the titles on the BSFA shortlist, I have previously expatiated online, here, here, here and here.

    BSFA Award Shortlist Discussion

  • She then entered into a detail of her way of life, told him how little suited to her taste was the unbounded dissipation of the Harrels, and feelingly expatiated upon the disappointment she had received from the alteration in the manners and conduct of her young friend.


  • Mr Morrice, without ceremony, attacked his fair neighbour; he talked of her journey, and the prospects of gaiety which it opened to her view; but by these finding her unmoved, he changed his theme, and expatiated upon the delights of the spot she was quitting.


  • Nurse Jamieson had got on a favourite topic, and would have expatiated long enough, for she was a professed admirer of masculine beauty, but there was something which displeased the boy in her last simile; so he cut the conversation short, by asking whether she knew exactly how much money his grandfather had left with Dr. Gray for his maintenance.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • The luxuries of a natch, and the peculiar Oriental beauty of the enchantresses who perfumed their voluptuous Eastern domes, for the pleasure of the haughty English conquerors, were no less attractive than the battles and sieges on which the Captain at other times expatiated.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Mrs. Dods put on a joyous countenance at this proposal, protesting that all should be done in her power to make things agreeable; and while her good friend, Mr. Bindloose, expatiated upon the comfort her new guest would experience at the Cleikum, she silently contemplated with delight the prospect of a speedy and dazzling triumph, by carrying off a creditable customer from her showy and successful rival at the Well.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • She expatiated upon the behaviour of young Mandlebert, in terms that filled the baronet with satisfaction, She exulted in the success of her own measures; and, sinking the circumstance of the intended impartiality of Edgar, enlarged upon his dancing, out of his turn, with Indiana, as at an event which manifested his serious designs beyond all possibility of mistake.


  • Sarah Palin expatiated with plenty of platitudes, puffery, and cute little phrases.

    Archive 2008-10-01


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