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starets

[stahr-its, -yits] /ˈstɑr ɪts, -yɪts/
noun, plural startsy
[stahrt-see] /ˈstɑrt si/ (Show IPA).
Russian Orthodox Church.
1.
a religious teacher or counselor.
Origin of starets
1915-1920
1915-20; < Russian stárets elder, derivative of stáryǐ old
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  • All possibility of doubt about anything was silenced by obedience to the starets.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • He wished to refuse but the starets ordered him to accept the appointment.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • He did so, and took leave of the starets and moved to the other monastery.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • As secretary to the starets, I am able to disclose the actual and most amazing truth.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • The Bishop, a big, over-fed man, had a long chat with the starets in my presence.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • Truly, the beauties of Peterhof were a revelation to the starets and myself.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • The starets was one of the most far-seeing and mercenary scoundrels.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • The Empress, her head bowed in silence, knelt before the weird impressive shrine, side by side with the starets.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • One day a frantic message came to me over the telephone from Madame Vyrubova, who inquired the whereabouts of the starets.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • The Tsar bowed as the starets, crossing himself, bestowed his blessing upon him.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux

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