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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inordinate beyond normal limits "excessive charges","a book of inordinate length","his dress stops just short of undue elegance","unreasonable demands"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inordinate Beyond prescribed order or proper bounds; not adequately limited or restrained; disorderly; excessive; immoderate: as, inordinate demands; inordinate vanity: rarely applied to persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inordinate in-or′di-nāt beyond usual bounds: irregular: immoderate
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  • Thomas Merton
    Thomas Merton
    “Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.”
  • H.G. Wells
    “He was inordinately proud of England and he abused her incessantly.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inordinatusin, not, ordināre, -ātum, to arrange.


In literature:

I have to guard against "inordinate affection" for him.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
It is full of bad blue china and inordinately expensive.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
But Oscar Wilde was conscious of great ability and was driven by an inordinate vanity.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
He was proud of his physical appearance, inordinately pleased with his great height, vain of it even.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
Every inordinate cup is unbless'd, and the ingredient is a devil.
"Many Thoughts of Many Minds" by Various
Tall and inordinately thin, the man's clothes seemed simply to hang from his shoulders.
"Bob Chester's Grit" by Frank V. Webster
Her own inordinate happiness and fortune had robbed this unoffending young couple.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Inordinate desire for excessive amusement.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
I was only twenty-eight, and inordinately fond of my Dumas.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
Silence from words is good, because inordinate speaking tends to evil.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
He was inordinately fond of the sea, but that did not help him in choosing a career.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
Even our inordinate supply of sofas were filled, and scarcely a chair in the house remained unoccupied.
"Trifles for the Christmas Holidays" by H. S. Armstrong
She was inordinately proud.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Inordinate affection for some earthly object absorbs the soul which vowed to love him supremely.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
The German captain seemed to be inordinately proud of his craft and what she could do.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
The ceremony concluded with a bow and "good-night," two words of which Madame was inordinately proud.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
Of Maecenas's recent kindness Propertius was inordinately proud.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
Two of his wives, with all of whom he was inordinately jealous, had died of poison.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
The worst trouble was from the inordinate thieving propensities of the natives.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
He also contracted, during his residence in Branting's house, an inordinate love of books.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

In poetry:

Thy parents must the choice approve,
Or they'll resist the Lord above,
And in thy bosom light a fire,
To tempt inordinate desire.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
My next was Sarah, sweet but shy,
And quite inordinately meek;
Yes, even now I wonder why
I had her hanged within the week.
Perhaps I felt a bit upset,
Or else she bored me, I forget.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

Albany may well be known for two things we have an inordinate amount of, and those are both churches and crime.
On my first visit to Cafe Bar, I spent an inordinate amount of time making plans for art projects.
Montreal's Au Pied de Cochon (APDC) has had an inordinate influence on Gotham gastronomy lately.
The Wild Side An inordinate fondness for beetles.
For the past several months I have spent inordinate amounts of time poring over election polls.
An ordered bottle took an inordinately long time to arrive, and when it did, the white wine was scarcely below room temperature.
The comedy ' Cedar Rapids ' takes an inordinate number of wrong turns, but it also has an inordinate number of good laughs mixed in with the not-so-good ones.
Then why are an inordinate number of dogs and puppies left in trash bins.
Avid Media Composer 6 may seem inordinately expensive at $2,500 but in relative terms Avid is priced in line with the Adobe CS6 Production Premium suite at $1,900.
Although the conventional wisdom suggests that the Phillies have been struck with an inordinate amount of injuries this spring, just about every major league team emerges from spring training with some sort of health problem.
Republicans, increasingly anxious about the approaching presidential contest, are spending an inordinate amount of time searching for saviors.
I have recently participated in three request-for-proposal (RFP) processes that spent an inordinate amount of time trying to define quality and proper fill rates.
It seems to me that most organizations spend an inordinate amount of energy on talent acquisition.
I spend an inordinate amount of time at Target.
Therefore, by their very nature, endurance athletes must possess inordinate selflessness .

In science:

For example, at the postdoctoral application stage an inordinate amount of time is taken by putting together a large number of applications with the same content, but varying presentation requirements. A straightforward solution is to standardize postdoctoral application requirements.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
Overload would typically be manifested first by some source locally observing an inordinate number of backlogged flows in progress.
A Flow-aware MAC Protocol for a Passive Optical Metropolitan Area Network
Although the three eigen-errors σ(3), σ(4) and σ(5) seem inordinately large, the corresponding shifts σ(i)V(i) in the parameter space do not produce dramatic changes in the structure of the halo.
Halo structure, masses of dark objects and parallax microlensing
The reader may well have decided that for an author reviewing quantum gravity, I have spent an inordinate amount of time on the classical theory.
Quantum Gravity in 2+1 Dimensions: The Case of a Closed Universe
Given the size of proteins, an exploration of phase space in order to arrive at a minimum energy conformation would take an inordinate amount of time; however, protein folding is rapid (≈ 100ns for α helices, 1µs for β hairpins [134]) in an adequate (physiological) environment.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
The outer boundary can be placed out of causal contact with the wave extraction sphere without incurring inordinate computational cost.
The Current Status of Binary Black Hole Simulations in Numerical Relativity
Nature seems inordinately fond of gauge theories.
A critique of the gauge technique
While this seems like an inordinately large number, it is possible to generate very large numbers of degrees of freedom in theories with extra dimensions.
Cosmology II: From the Planck Time to BBN
As the integration contour originates in the strong coupling regime and crosses through the transition region, an inordinate amount of work must be done before anything is known of the deconfined region.
Thermodynamics of free domain wall and overlap fermions
There are instances where Monte Carlo simulations yield results different from those obtained by exact enumeration, such as in the study of self-avoiding walks in percolation, where failure to sample certain configurations has an inordinately strong effect on the final result.
Discrepancy between Monte-Carlo Results and Analytic Values for the Average Excluded Volume of Rectangular Prisms
In principle, all qubits corresponding to the initial state {xi (0)} becoming inordinately large. can be dispensed with altogether, replaced by their known values.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration