INGENUITY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of INGENUITY
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations
Classic Sentence: (46 in 4 pages)
1  Its modest "effects," compact of enamel paint and ingenuity, spoke to him in the language just then sweetest to his ear.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 14
2  Carry had in fact come dangerously near to being involved in the episode of Mrs. Norma Hatch, and it had taken some verbal ingenuity to extricate herself.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: Chapter 10
3  She couldn't satisfy her ingenuity in planning meals.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VII
4  Magua approached the horses, and affected to be well pleased with the diligence and ingenuity of his comrades.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 10
5  The vengeance of the Hurons had now taken a new direction, and they prepared to execute it with that barbarous ingenuity with which they were familiarized by the practise of centuries.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 11
6  But his ingenuity availed him little, against the cold artifices of the people he had encountered.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 23
7  Their eloquence and ingenuity were expended in vain.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 25
8  This young man had been hired out by his master to work in a bagging factory, where his adroitness and ingenuity caused him to be considered the first hand in the place.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER II
9  At other times he repeated my favourite poems, or drew me out into arguments, which he supported with great ingenuity.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 6
10  I saw in this that I, too, was tormented by a perversion of ingenuity, even while the prize was reserved for me.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In Chapter XXXVIII
11  He was an universal favourite, and his ingenuity in little things was transcendent.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 17. SOMEBODY TURNS UP
12  Ham was a boat-builder in these days, having improved a natural ingenuity in that handicraft, until he had become a skilled workman.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
13  After exchanging a mute glance or two, the hermit went to the further side of the hut, and opened a hutch, which was concealed with great care and some ingenuity.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVI
14  Nancy's history was no sooner unfolded to him, than he poured forth a shower of mingled threats and execrations; threatened to make her the first victim of the combined ingenuity of Messrs.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLI
15  His lameness prevented him from taking much exercise; but a mind of usefulness and ingenuity seemed to furnish him with constant employment within.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 11
Example Sentence:
1  A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
2  It took some ingenuity to squeeze all the furniture into the little room.
3  Getting out of this mess was going to require a fair degree of ingenuity.
4  Inspecting the nest may require some ingenuity.
5  The woodsman had not realized how ingenuous Little Red Riding Hood was until he heard that she had gone off for a walk in the woods with the Big Bad Wolf.
6  Although she was forty, she still insisted that she be cast as an ingenue and refused to play more mature roles.
7  It would be tempting to read his gee-whiz protestations as the practiced act of a canny ingenue.
8  This is no time to have a political ingenue as secretary of state.