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Examples of apropos in a Sentence
- This short yet spacious and powerful book … reminds us of the careful and apropos writing of J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Uwe Timm. —Thomas McGuane, New York Times Book Review, 24 June 2007
- The late Kenneth Koch's description of Ashbery as "lazy and quick" remains thoroughly apropos; these 61 page-or-two poems can seem brilliantly tossed off, much like those in his 2000 collection, Your Name Here. The title is appropriate too: Chinese Whispers is the British name for the game of Telephone, where children (or adults) gather in a circle and whisper a "secret" word or phrase into the ear next to them. —Publishers Weekly, 19 Aug. 2002
The ceremony concluded with the reading of an apropos poem.
The comment, though unexpected, was apropos.
Recent Examples of apropos from the Web
Accessorize boldly–a statement earring, bold pair of shades, headwrap and more can elevate the overall look, while still keeping it apropos for the sea and shore.
The Twitter poll was particularly apropos for naming the police cat.
Tom's is located at Broadway and West 112th St. Gordon Kenneson, of Old Enough to Know Betters, said the team's name was apropos for the competition.
How apropos that Richardson emerged as the hero after Ingram, Custer and Townes each played the role in the first three NCAA tournament victories.
An interest in affordable housing — apropos for someone whose early childhood was in a home with no indoor plumbing — became a signature issue when Atkins was elected to the Assembly in 2010.
In fact, the greatest strength of Facebook is also its largest weakness -- or, in terms more apropos for what happened in the 2016 election -- its biggest vulnerability: The sheer size of it.
These vibrant vegetables are apropos, given the nature of Inwave’s menu, which is divided into five categories.
There are two running gags within this administration* that are never going to stop being apropos.
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to the point;
Synonym Discussion of apropos
- found material relevant to her case
- a point not germane to the discussion
- facts material to the investigation
- a pertinent observation
- add an apposite quotation to the definition
- the rule is not applicable in this case
- the quip was apropos
Did You Know?
English borrowed "apropos" from the French phrase à propos, literally "to the purpose." Since it first appeared in 1668, "apropos" has been used as an adverb, adjective, noun, and preposition. Left alone, the word probably wouldn't have gotten much attention, but in 1926 noted language expert H. W. Fowler declared that "apropos" should always be followed by "of." Since then, most commentators have felt compelled to take note of the term. Some take Fowler's recommendation to be virtually a commandment, but others note that "apropos" is sometimes used by itself in professionally edited prose, or, more rarely, followed by "to."
Examples of apropos in a Sentence
I went up to New York last weekend; apropos, have you seen your New York cousins lately?
APROPOS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apropos for English Language Learners
: with regard to (something)
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