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  • adj. comparative form of proper: more proper


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  • Accordingly he ate a first mouthful, and Zumurrud was minded to have him brought before her, but then she bethought her that belike he was an hungered and said to herself, “It were properer to let him eat his fill.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Never saw I a purer white than its plastering nor properer than its painting!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • There is nothing properer to make us conceive this confusion than a sort of pictures, usually shown as surprising pieces of art, wherein the colours, as they are laid by the pencil on the table itself, mark out very odd and unusual figures, and have no discernible order in their position.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • We are born to do benefits: and what better or properer can we can our own than the riches of our friends?

    The Life of Timon of Athens

  • At a distance, unassailed by his looks or his kindness, and safe from the perpetual irritation of knowing his heart, and striving to avoid his confidence, she should be able to reason herself into a properer state; she should be able to think of him as in London, and arranging everything there, without wretchedness.

    Mansfield Park

  • She will enjoy the scheme, I am sure; and I do not know a properer person for shewing us how to do away difficulties.


  • They wanted no properer Macedonian than their young unbeaten general, who sweated or froze or starved with them, never sitting down till he had seen them fed and their wounded cared for; never sleeping drier than they; snatching victory out of peril.

    The Persian Boy

  • Some again, confounding Art with their own inordinate vanity, grow stern and harsh with making sacrifices to the stone idol, grinding down their own hearts in vain experimenting after properer pigments, whereby themselves may attain to a chill and profitless immortality.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 32, June, 1860

  • "Just wish I was properer, and everything -- so there!" said Nannie, sitting discontentedly down upon the green grass by the road-side, and surveying herself with a pair of very serious brown eyes.

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878

  • Certainly a person of his rigid economy will discharge the duties of treasurer of the navy, with the utmost precision; nor could a properer man be fixed on to manage public business of a pecuniary nature, than he who administers his own affairs with such care and frugality.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3


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