At this point I agreed with you that it was preposterous
, and was glad to find that all my deductions had been correct.
Here is a bronzed Moor in a prodigious white turban, curiously embroidered jacket, gold and crimson sash, of many folds, wrapped round and round his waist, trousers that only come a little below his knee and yet have twenty yards of stuff in them, ornamented scimitar, bare shins, stockingless feet, yellow slippers, and gun of preposterous
length--a mere soldier
A deep silence settled over the assembly, accompanied by stifled laughter at the preposterous
names and all the bourgeois designations which each of these personages transmitted with imperturbable gravity to the usher, who then tossed names and titles pell-mell and mutilated to the crowd below.
It seemed incredible that there lived upon earth a full-grown man who had never spoken with a fellow man, and still more preposterous
that such a one could read and write.
He was aware that the world would regard such a sentiment as preposterous
, especially in relation to a woman of one-and-twenty; the practice of "the world" being to treat of a young widow's second marriage as certain and probably near, and to smile with meaning if the widow acts accordingly.
I should be ashamed to say what literary triumphs I achieved in those preposterous
Of course the thing was ridiculous--preposterous
things often happen in war; and anyway no good general permits the least rumor of enemy activity to go uninvestigated.
She insists upon this preposterous
scheme of being a pilot, and will talk of nothing but revolving lights and hidden rocks, and codes of signals, and nonsense of the kind.
The thing was so preposterous
that he had to struggle to realize it, and he reviewed in his mind the conversation with Tudor, trying to find some clue to the common-sense of what he was doing.
In one very limited sense, as we shall hereafter see, this may be true; but it is preposterous
to attribute to mere external conditions, the structure, for instance, of the woodpecker, with its feet, tail, beak, and tongue, so admirably adapted to catch insects under the bark of trees.
by any reasonable standard, Lyly's style, 'Euphuism,' precisely hit the Court taste of his age and became for a decade its most approved conversational dialect.
Let your reason have fair play, Jack, and you will see this match in so foolish and preposterous
a light, that there will be no need of any dissuasive arguments.
She thought it particularly necessary to do this, anyway, for the Man was striding along, his hands behind his back, and his eyes on the ground--which seemed, to Pollyanna, preposterous
in the face of the glorious sunshine and the freshly-washed morning air: Pollyanna, as a special treat, was on a morning errand to-day.
Her complexion could bear any sunshine as yet, and her dress, though if you were to see it now, any present lady of Vanity Fair would pronounce it to be the most foolish and preposterous
attire ever worn, was as handsome in her eyes and those of the public, some five-and-twenty years since, as the most brilliant costume of the most famous beauty of the present season.
If I were to plead anything in mitigation of the preposterous
fancy that a bad design will sometimes claim to be a good and an expressly religious design, it would be the curious coincidence that it has been brought to its climax in these pages, in the days of the public examination of late Directors of a Royal British Bank.