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Tolstoy

or Tolstoi

[tohl-stoi, tol-; Russian tuhl-stoi] /ˈtoʊl stɔɪ, ˈtɒl-; Russian tʌlˈstɔɪ/
noun
1.
Leo or Lev Nikolaevich
[lev nik-uh-lahy-uh-vich;; Russian lyef nyi-kuh-lah-yi-vyich] /lɛv ˌnɪk əˈlaɪ əˌvɪtʃ;; Russian ˈlyɛf nyɪ kʌˈlɑ yɪ vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
Count, 1828–1910, Russian novelist and social critic.
Related forms
Tolstoyan, Tolstoian, adjective, noun
Tolstoyism, noun
Tolstoyist, noun
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Examples from the Web for tolstoyan
Historical Examples
  • The tolstoyan's will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • In a kind of "leitmotiv" Merezhkovsky has shown us the tolstoyan characters individualized by very particular corporal signs.

  • Some readers will be inclined to ascribe my words to the natural enthusiasm of a "tolstoyan" for his "teacher."

    The Last Days of Tolstoy

    V. G. Chertkov
  • Dangerfield, in fine feather, disputed eloquently, opposing his tolstoyan theories of non-resistance.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • For a while the Russian Government rather approved of the tolstoyan attitude of non-resistance to evil.

  • The ideal peasant—in tolstoyan garb—was then Strindberg's hope for humanity.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for tolstoyan

Tolstoy

/ˈtɒlstɔɪ; Russian talˈstɔj/
noun
1.
Leo, Russian name Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. 1828–1910, Russian novelist, short-story writer, and philosopher; author of the two monumental novels War and Peace (1865–69) and Anna Karenina (1875–77). Following a spiritual crisis in 1879, he adopted a form of Christianity based on a doctrine of nonresistance to evil
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