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Synonyms for desultory

Synonyms for desultory

without aim, purpose, or intent

having no particular pattern, purpose, organization, or structure

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marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

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Bega's initial forays into genre painting during the 1650s, however, offer scant evidence of such particularised study, hewing desultorily instead to the established formulas of Ostade, who was temperamentally a very different painter.
Through all Simon's narration and various embodying of story, including moments of spare affection between the two main characters, Ruth periodically glowers at him, sleepwalks across the stage, picks up her burden, puts it down, hunches into her salt bed trying to disappear, desultorily throws stones, sometimes angrily at him.
The animal-human hybridizations prevalent in graphic novels today, in fact, tend to assume a self-conscious air about their visual infractions against the serious (anthropomorphic), wryly combining the animal and the human visually in such a way as to ultimately (and desultorily in many cases) re-post the human as the undisputed subject of authority.
Seldom picked for softball teams, they spent recesses squatting against the chain link fence of the schoolyard desultorily doing their Hebrew school homework.
With the film's sole zoom shot, Godard italicizes Illusions perdues, the Balzac novel the Martin daughter reads as she desultorily tends the gas pumps, telling some German tourists to "invade another country" when they demand directions to the Cote d'Azur.
A couple of gnats (sopranos Kelly Coubrough and Alison Bachert) taught the kids the participation song at the beginning, which the kids desultorily fed back at the climax of the show, when the moral needed emphasizing.
The case against Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and a few others, moves on desultorily in the Pakistani courts, and the Pakistan Army conspirators, retired or otherwise, are not even on the radar of the authorities.
One desultorily trots around in the prefabricated little gardens devoted to the marketing of books, the major international book fairs and shows, nibbling here and there, reluctant to truly engage profoundly with serious books.
He desultorily wooed her and wrote her poems for at least eight years.
Returning to New York in 1926, Outerbridge signed a contract with Harper's Bazaar, desultorily doing the odd, though notable, shoot in luxury goods.
15pm, England batted on desultorily before declaring at 319 for two, setting Warwickshire a target of 507 in 27 overs.
In the closing forum, 20-odd speakers assembled on a stage before a thousand or so delegates to perform, rather desultorily, a closing ceremony.
A bookmaker or two started, desultorily, to price up the next race.
Sitting quietly one Sabbath morning in synagogue during the public reading of the Torah, (1) I found myself desultorily attending to a number of probably for good reasons, obscure Torah passages, With a start, I was aware that another "go-around" with God had begun.
Three boys desultorily kicked a ball against an unfinished wall.