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  • adj. Resembling a fugue
  • adv. In the manner of a fugue


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fugue +‎ -like


  • Interestingly enough, evidence of the quieter kind of overinvolvement often comes to us through a special class of fuguelike side involvements, these repetitive acts implying that the individual is very deeply involved in a task, often an occasioned one.2 There seem to be few situations defined to allow such withdrawal into an activity.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • Incidentally, these fuguelike side involvements, as suggested previously, are also the ones that can convey that the individual has become carried far away by a meditative task he is performing.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • Playing contrasts in content (czarist soldiers versus protesting townspeople), composition (slashing diagonals versus stable triangles) and rhythm (the relentless march of the soldiers, the aimless bounce of the abandoned baby carriage) against each other, Eisenstein achieves a fuguelike effect of enormous complexity and emotional power.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Loosely centered around Martín, the cemetery's night watchman, the film unfolds fuguelike as the days repeat themselves, the camera lingering on the cracked shoes of a construction worker mixing concrete and a snack vendor peeling a mango for a little girl at a funeral.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The score, a kind of Brazilian minimalism spinning folk timbres into busy electric counterpoint, gradually animated the dancers into an almost fuguelike pattern.

    The Seattle Times

  • The world Lee represents here is fuguelike and small, a culture in which men prey on the standard female anxieties.

    The New Yorker

  • These wise guys proved to be intimately familiar with Mamet's oeuvre, with its stresses on commerce, salesmanship, masculinity; its urbane niceties of conversation and abrupt eruptions into testosterone-fueled rages; the mundane language against which a carefully chosen word stands in high relief; and, of course, those crucial rhythms: the staccato beats, fuguelike repetitions of phrase, jagged pauses, and edgy interruptions.


  • Dazedly, I pulled out my debit card and handed it over; entering a fuguelike

    Izzle Pfaff!

  • 2 Along with these fuguelike signs we are likely to find disarray of posture and by implication some evidence of rules regarding posture.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • Whether momentary or continuous, simple or complicated, these side activities appear to constitute a kind of fuguelike dissociation of minor muscular activity from the main line of an individual’s action.

    Behavior in Public Places


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