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  • n  exaggerated studiousness

  • But voters have now seen far worse from their Congressmen than a little bookishness.
  • Combining passion and penetration with plodding Joycean prose and purblind bookishness, he is a perfect layer cake of the admirable and the irritating.
  • The two men were drawn together by their mutual bookishness and preoccupation with politics; Kennedy's near-fatal illness in 1955 sealed their bond.

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