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fem. proper name, often a diminutive of Clara and its relatives. Also, "a nun of the order of St. Clare" (1790s); the Franciscan order also known as the Poor Clares (c.1600).

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  • clarisse said no more, but turned and abruptly rentered the house.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • Simonne and clarisse had gone off with a great rustling of skirts.

  • "And even if we go beyond those bounds," said clarisse, inflexibly.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • But the remark made by clarisse bore its fruit, and the soldier rose to go.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • clarisse and Lupin stood choking, looking at him in stupefaction, failing to understand this sudden change.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • The nervous excitement of clarisse had momentarily increased.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • Only this morning clarisse, who's in the piece, swore that they'd begin at nine o'clock punctually.

  • "What shall be done, then," she asked, plaintively; and all at once she became the clarisse of old.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • The blade of a knife flashed in clarisse's hand and she raised her arm to strike herself.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • clarisse was quite breathless now, and Jane fell back bewildered.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft

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