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  • n. Plural form of imprudence.


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  • Inquire into the reason, and you will perceive that their stupidities, their imprudences are the cause.

    Ninon de L'Enclos the Celebrated Beauty of the 17th Century

  • When I look back at my own youth I cannot be too hard on the imprudences of Antoinette as a girl.

    Marie-Antoinette's Journey of Faith

  • It has cost Madam Magloire more trouble than it did me to accustom herself to what she terms his imprudences.

    Les Miserables

  • Then men will walk across the road when they meet you — or, worse still, hold you out a couple of fingers and patronize you in a pitying way — then you will know, as soon as your back is turned, that your friend begins with a “Poor devil, what imprudences he has committed, what chances that chap has thrown away!”

    Vanity Fair

  • If a man lives to any considerable age, it cannot be denied that he laments his imprudences, but I notice he often laments his youth a deal more bitterly and with a more genuine intonation.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • 'We,' she would say, - 'We need the imprudences, extravagances, mistakes, and crimes of a certain number of fathers to sow the seed from which we reap the harvest of governesses.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • She employed, not from any refinement of style, but in order to correct her imprudences, abrupt breaches of syntax not unlike that figure which the grammarians call anacoluthon or some such name.

    The Captive

  • I should always be obliged, like a judge, to draw indefinite conclusions from imprudences of speech that were perhaps not really inexplicable without postulating criminality.

    The Captive

  • Camilla was uneasy at this, dreading lest it might prove the means of endangering her honour, and asked whether her intrigue had gone beyond words, and she with little shame and much effrontery said it had; for certain it is that ladies 'imprudences make servants shameless, who, when they see their mistresses make a false step, think nothing of going astray themselves, or of its being known.

    Don Quixote

  • Her discretions interested him almost as much as her imprudences: he was so sure that both were part of the same carefully-elaborated plan.

    The House of Mirth


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