Using "perfunctory" in a sentence

While the Liszt itself has of course been played to death—and indeed, this performance had perfunctory elements—the cadenza, with Rachmaninoff’s more advanced harmonic structures, added sudden and welcome opportunities for rhythmic, and interpretive freedom.
Source: The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Many of Horizon Worlds’ activities felt more like demonstrations: in a perfunctory wild west town, you can shoot a virtual bottle in a virtual saloon with your virtual pistol (with unsatisfyingly lo-fi results) and ride a hobby horse (literally a virtual horse’s head on a broomstick).
Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

But each of these gets a perfunctory treatment without any space for discussion or depth.
Source: TheReviewGeek

The sites listed here offer a curated edit of beautiful finds, which have actually been handpicked by humans (and not bots), and with equally enticing interfaces (sorry Amazon, but your perfunctory graphics leave us feeling cold).
Source: The Telegraph

The game was a Murphy’s Law of lost opportunities, making the 4-0 outcome feel perfunctory even with Dallas’ recent comeback heroics in mind.
Source: Defending Big D

It shoehorns in romance, montages, a big speech in front of a crowd and other such perfunctory junk, as if it was threatened with a fat fine for not adhering to teen-movie cliches.
Source: Decider

Unlike the hastily-made first sequel, which ended up a perfunctory rehash, MIB III injects the franchise with new energy by adding Josh Brolin and time-travel hijinks into the mix.
Source: Entertainment Weekly News

It’s a greatest-hits album of Jones and Wynette anecdotes, some presented with style and some perfunctory or maudlin, strung together between songs.
Source: The New York Times

She was unable, throughout the affair, during which the Berlin Wall fell, to write anything else except a few perfunctory articles.
Source: The New York Times

Many of Horizon Worlds’ activities felt more like demonstrations: in a perfunctory wild west town, you can shoot a virtual bottle in a virtual saloon with your virtual pistol (with unsatisfyingly lo-fi results) and ride a hobby horse (literally a virtual horse’s head on a broomstick).
Source: The Irish Times

You can't tell if a scene seems perfunctory or underwritten or flat because the movie doesn't want to give you too much too early, or if it's one of those films that's can't decide what to do with itself.
Source: Roger Ebert

There are genuinely pressing matters here, such as how to choose who needs an abortion most and how to ensure justice is being done to lesser fortunate communities, but it’s all so perfunctory and bland with no drama or weight behind it.
Source: Movie Review Flickering Myth

So, in April 2009, when Rebellin’s own CERA positive – recorded at the Olympic Games, where he took sliver in the road race, and revealed just days after he won yet another Flèche Wallonne and finished third at Liège-Bastogne-Liège – was revealed, it felt like a rather perfunctory encore to the previous summer’s shitshow.
Source: Animated Trailer Nintendo Switch Nintendo of America

Unfortunately, her cinematic counterpart proves far less remarkable in Aline, a passionate yet perfunctory unofficial biopic chronicling the superstar’s meteoric rise.
Source: The A.V. Club

The steak’s $75 price tag demands more attention than the perfunctory crosshatch grilling that left so much potential flavor unrealized.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

After three days of saying nothing other than a perfunctory statement, Strunk spoke to AP writer Teresa M.
Source: ProFootballTalk NBC Sports

He was consistently attuned to the nuances of Handel’s writing, and brought out fresh details even in this well-worn work, which never sounded perfunctory in his hands.
Source: Chicago Classical Review

"Everything!" It's easy to imagine actors as good as Serkis and Skarsgård making even a perfunctory "Star Wars" scene memorable.
Source: /Film

These notch-raising deaths are as perfunctory as the swears, pop references, and counter-cultural poses that define Tori and Robbie’s relationship.
Source: Roger Ebert

These sections seem perfunctory and suggest that Feiring’s single-minded and often ideological focus on natural wine may have closed her off — or perhaps shielded her — from potential connections with a much broader world.
Source: The Washington Post

Trending The beats are generally good, but the choruses are often perfunctory excuses to get from one verse to the next.
Source: Rolling Stone

And with machines, beats and samples who needed a group? Drafting in ex-flatmate Jamie ‘Tank Girl’ Hewlett to draw the ‘virtual band’ grafted a mischievous mythology and marketing candy to the groovy, minimal music, while Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s witty rap on loping, bonged-out Clint Eastwood plugged Albarn instantly into the world’s most popular music, though perfunctory song titles – 5/4; Man Research (Clapper) – suggests that mega sales were far from his mind.
Source: MOJO

To watch Con Air is to see the mechanisms of Hollywood storytelling laid out in their most bloated, perfunctory form; to watch Face/Off is to see them reinterpreted, even subverted, by an outsider.
Source: Paste Magazine

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