Examples of detritus in a Sentence
the detritus of ancient civilizations
As he packed, he sifted through the detritus of a failed relationship.
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Hansen and his wife, Aveling, have spent the last few years sifting through the detritus of history and turning back the clock on the 156-year-old structure built as officers’ quarters for Camp Dennison during the Civil War.
His conceptual piece — which mingles salvaged detritus from the building with nods to New Haven's history of political radicalism — offers a great chance to see its raw, rugged interiors.
The din and detritus of war may compound the suffering: In mid-December a nearby building was bombed, spraying shrapnel into the zoo’s grounds.
Her team, clad in thin gloves, stepped gingerly over the detritus, which included a dead fish on the sidewalk, and swept away the mud with brooms, brushes, their feet.
Her novel is gloriously stuffed with detritus, with characters that serve no narrative purpose and details that mean nothing.
Its Ghostbox looks at rubble and industrial detritus as construction materials with rich potential.
Perched on the mountaintop, the detritus of civilization seems a sacrilege.
One question involved whether police legitimately could assume from the threadbare décor and detritus on the floor that the partygoers were using a vacant home without permission.
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After the first hard freeze of fall, gardens are sadly littered with the detritus of the summer's plants and produce: stalks, leaves, vines, rotted vegetables, and maybe even a hand trowel left behind. As the flooding Mississippi River retreats back to its ordinary course, it leaves detritus behind in its wake, debris gathered from everywhere by the raging waters. The detritus of civilization may include junkyards and abandoned buildings; mental detritus may include all kinds of useless trivia. Notice how this word is pronounced; for some reason, people often try to accent the first syllable rather than the second.
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