Usage examples for puerile

  1. For this would be an endless and puerile attempt, and is justly ridiculed by Lucilius, when he introduces Scaevola thus reflecting upon Albucius: " As in the checquer'd pavement ev'ry square Is nicely fitted by the mason's care: So all thy words are plac'd with curious art, And ev'ry syllable performs its part." – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  2. But this plan required the active co- operation of every member of the Committee; and whilst the majority regarded it as an august and impressive vindication of the majesty of parliament, the minority regarded it with equal conviction as a puerile tomfoolery, and declined altogether to act their allotted parts in it. – The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet by George Bernard Shaw
  3. Perhaps the first of these tales of mystery is Walpole's 'Castle of Otranto, ' which appears to us now clumsy enough, with its puerile attempts to excite terror. – Inquiries and Opinions by Brander Matthews
  4. Madame Ferailleur gave an almost imperceptible shrug of the shoulders, as if she were astonished to have to answer such puerile objections. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  5. But there is also much that is puerile, some few things that are in bad taste; and the book contains, besides, some really careless blunders with regard to events for which the data were within the reach of all. – Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern
  6. Caroline, said Mr. Helstone, bringing his hand slowly down to within an inch or two of the table, and then smiting it suddenly on the mahogany, understand this: it is vulgar and puerile to confound generals with particulars. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  7. In abnormal states of physical development, men are puerile or womanish. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  8. Our grammarians frequently manufacture a parcel of puerile examples, and, with the formality of apparent quotation, throw them together in the following manner: " He is above disguise;" " we serve under a good master;" " he rules over a willing people;" " we should do nothing beneath our character." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  9. Unless this is secured, visitors will often be condemned to listen to puerile chattering, with small chance of the proper attention due to guests and superiors in age and station. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  10. I shall take them in spite of the puerile efforts of the fleets of your Triplanetary League. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  11. Or, on the other hand, to descend to any puerile subtilties, and speak with the indifference and simplicity of a frivolous narrative, when we are lashing treason and rebellion? – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  12. " If I do turn from it, Rosalind,- if I do think the examination of such a question a puerile occupation,- it is in the same spirit that I should decline to share the employment of a child who would set about counting the stars. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  13. It was therefore useless, almost puerile, to deny facts which were quite as much within the knowledge of the Netherlanders as of himself. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  14. St. John smiled, and supposing that Beck had some time or other been puerile enough to purchase such a bauble, nodded to him to continue. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  15. So was the cynical action of the politicians in the matter of Chinese Labour after the Election of 1906. So was the puerile stage play indulged in over things like the Welsh Disestablishment Bill and the Education Bills. – The Free Press by Hilaire Belloc
  16. I laughed at their puerile manoeuvre, and said they would, had they known the real state of things, have thought of some other means of inspiring me with fear; but the rumor at length became such that I perceived the matter was serious. – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book XI. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  17. Helen had set him; and one fine day a conviction struck him that he had taken a narrow and puerile view of it, and that, after all, there must be in the nature of things some way to attract ships from a distance. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  18. It says little for the meeting that such a puerile question was politely received. – The Religious Life of London by J. Ewing Ritchie