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Davout

[da-voo] /daˈvu/
noun
1.
Louis Nicolas
[lwee nee-kaw-lah] /lwi ni kɔˈlɑ/ (Show IPA),
Duke of Auerstadt
[ou-er-stat] /ˈaʊ ərˌstæt/ (Show IPA),
Prince of Eckmühl
[ek-myool] /ˈɛk myul/ (Show IPA),
1770–1823, marshal of France: one of Napoleon's leading generals.
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  • Davout had been ordered to wait for a signal to make the decisive advance.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Davout allowed himself that pleasure when Balashev was brought in.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • To him Davout was not merely a French general, but a man notorious for his cruelty.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • "No, monseigneur," he said, suddenly remembering that Davout was a duke.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • But at that moment an adjutant entered and reported something to Davout.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Three wagons had been raided and robbed by stragglers from Davout's corps.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Davout, outnumbered, maintained his position for three days.

  • Nobody had a good word to say for Davout, and there was nobody to take his part.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • It was while thus employed that Davout met his wife, Aime Leclerc.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • After Austerlitz, Davout was entrusted with the pursuit of the left wing of the Allies.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison

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