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Examples of anecdote in a Sentence
Like many Jesuits who then ate most of their meals in refectories, McKenzie was a master raconteur with endless anecdotes, stories, and one-liners. —Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Commonweal, 11 Sept. 2009
If Antony had won, of course, the story would have been very different. Indeed, despite the dominance of the Augustan version of events, a few hostile anecdotes about the young Octavian probably offer a glimpse of what Antony's side was saying. —Mary Beard, New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009
Alexander's use of the family's private papers—the Waughs were prolific writers of letters and diaries as well as books—not only adds richly to the entertainment value of his account but also serves to illuminate just how tangled are the threads of filial love, hurt, awe, and competitiveness that run through their work. Although he ranges freely over two centuries of family anecdotes, amusing and appalling by turn, the dominant figure here is, as it should be, Evelyn. —Evelyn Toynton, Harper's, August 2007
Any competent science reporter knows anecdotes are not data and that one dramatic story proves nothing. —Editor & Publisher, 4 Nov. 2002
Deeply convinced of her own unattractiveness, frequently lonely and unimaginably needy, Joplin was a person who lived all over the page. It is impossible to read about her and not crave more anecdotes and personal details of such a wanton, tragic life. —Kim France, New York Times Book Review, 2 May 1999
He told us all sorts of humorous anecdotes about his childhood.
told us once again that anecdote about the dog and the bike
Recent Examples of anecdote from the Web
A drunken stupor isn’t exactly an option here; luckily, Louis-Dreyfus is smart enough to turn even feeble straight lines into funny anecdotes.
This included not just a lengthy list of Solange’s positive attributes but also an entertaining anecdote about Solange from the sixth grade, as well as an older video of herself and Bey lifting up Solange backstage on Saturday Night Live.
The publication also features stories about family, travel, and personal anecdotes from the Pioneer Woman herself.
The anecdote is classic Alexie — humiliation intertwined with humor that forms the leitmotif of this book.
Savage puts forth dozens of other anecdotes, insights and opinions that fans are sure to eat up regarding Alabama football and Saban's success in Tuscaloosa over the last decade.
Then came a recording contract with Warner Bros. and a string of successful comedy albums filled with hilarious anecdotes from his childhood.
In that little anecdote was a story about the long game of writing, and the false intensity of a present that feels so permanent.
But were those anecdotes an accurate representation of the emerging Trump coalition?
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Trace anecdote Back To a Greek Slambook
The Byzantine official Procopius wrote three historical works in Greek. In the first two, he dealt with wars and public works projects, but the third was something of a departure from this kind of history. Referred to as "Anekdota," from the Greek a- meaning "not," and ekdidonai, meaning "to publish," it contained bitter attacks on the emperor Justinian, his wife, and other notables of contemporary Constantinople. Understandably, it was not published until after its writer's death. English speakers originally used an anglicized version of the book's name for similar secret or unpublished histories or biographies, and by the 17th century, the meaning of "anecdote" had been broadened to cover any interesting or amusing personal tale.
ANECDOTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anecdote for English Language Learners
: a short story about an interesting or funny event or occurrence
ANECDOTE Defined for Kids
Definition of anecdote for Students
: a short story about something interesting or funny in a person's life
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