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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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  • As Mlle. clarisse had been sent off, I had no lesson that day.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Seeing clarisse making game of him, he grew suspicious of her.

  • Simonne and clarisse had gone off with a great rustling of skirts.

  • clarisse was startled, and turned to her daughter-in-law with a timid look of appeal.

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

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • The presence of clarisse, her pallor, and the stern look of his chief, told the story.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • But the remark made by clarisse bore its fruit, and the soldier rose to go.

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  • The nervous excitement of clarisse had momentarily increased.

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  • clarisse was quite breathless now, and Jane fell back bewildered.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • Jane reviewed Helen's visit, and then told of the appeal made by clarisse.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft

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