Usage examples for descriptive

  1. Activity must manifest thought and passion; it should not be merely descriptive but must arise from the relations of the interlocutor. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  2. Even poems descriptive of rustic life and characters, such as he had sketched in his Ayrshire days- for these he had now no longer either time or inclination. – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  3. I shall have a little introduction descriptive of my visit to Edinburgh, arrival there, denner with yoursel', and first reading of the papers in your smoking- room: all of which, of course, you well remember. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  4. Lieutenant Cameron's tribute to his descriptive powers must not be passed by. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  5. It is a good letter; it is direct and clear in its descriptive quality, and it gives us a scale of things. – Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine
  6. Gertrude was never weary of the glorious prospect; and an excursion which she and the doctor made on foot to the cleft in the heart of the mountain, where a narrow stream leaps a distance of two hundred feet into the valley below, furnished the theme for many a descriptive reverie, of which Emily reaped a part of the enjoyment. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  7. But the forms are too fleeting, they change too quickly- so quickly, indeed, that I have never succeeded in so fixing their record upon my memory as to be able to develop one form from the other in descriptive notes. – Over Prairie Trails by Frederick Philip Grove
  8. The humour which found little place in the earlier work has abundant scope here; and the descriptive power which was so vividly apparent in all of them, here shows itself for the first time in those touches of local colour which paint without describing. – A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.) by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
  9. " Never mind the descriptive matter," urged Tom. – Left Guard Gilbert by Ralph Henry Barbour
  10. A word on the few merely descriptive passages in the book. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  11. " He or his clerk has to take the descriptive lists, you know, sir," replied the sailor. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  12. It is mainly a mass of descriptive details, running out into queries which only a metaphysics alive to the weight of her task can hope successfully to deal with. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  13. Ten, nay, twenty pages of the finest descriptive writing that ever fell from the pen of a novelist will not do it. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  14. " My friend," answered the Frenchman, with a quick gesture, descriptive of a sudden emotion not yet stilled, " he took my breath away. – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  15. As a descriptive poet he has ex- hibited high genius in his " Lays of Ancient Rome." – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  16. Fred sent his young friend and cousin, by way of reply, a big packet of manuscript, the leaves of which were of all sizes, over which he had poured forth torrents of poetry, amorous and descriptive under the title: At Sea. – Jacqueline, Complete by (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  17. How descriptive that word was! – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  18. It is in the form of a dialogue, and is not without descriptive and dramatic power. – Latin Literature by J. W. Mackail
  19. A long inscription covers the base of the shaft, while the upper part of each face is divided into five pictures, the narrow bands between them bearing short legends descriptive of the scenes represented. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez
  20. As we read Mr. Morris's story with its fine alternations of verse and prose, its decorative and descriptive beauties, its wonderful handling of romantic and adventurous themes, we cannot but feel that we are as far removed from the ignoble fiction as we are from the ignoble facts of our own day. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde