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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
As Davis recalled the story, listening to all of these passionate arguments over sex, friendship, language and identity in the dark was apropos of the paralyzing confusion these debates engender.
Another question that might be apropos is, are there good leaks and bad leaks?
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.
But apropos of this week’s release of An Inconvenient Sequel and a book of the same name, Gore, 69, is thrusting himself back into the spotlight as America’s top spokesperson for climate change activism.
Halloween is drawing near, apropos given the dread that's inevitably growing for some NFL head coaches.
Finally, a new, highly apropos color joins the palette: Wild Orange.
Princess Charlotte is following in Princess Diana's footsteps in the most adorable—and apropos—way.
The couple also plans to spend their three-year wedding anniversary in Washington’s Olympic National Park, an apropos choice, since Charlie proposed to Kathleen at a state park.
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Origin and Etymology of apropos
First Known Use: 1686See Words from the same year
Synonymsapplicable, apposite, pertinent, germane, material, pointed, relative, relevant
Antonymsextraneous, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelative, irrelevant, pointless
Related Wordsappropriate, apt, fit, fitting, suitable; important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; admissible, allowable
Near Antonymsfrivolous, inconsequential, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; meaningless, purposeless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitable; inadmissible
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?
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