- Gri·go·ri E·fi·mo·vich [gri-gawr-ee i-fee-muh-vich; Russian gryi-gaw-ryee yi-fyee-muh-vyich] /grɪˈgɔr i ɪˈfi mə vɪtʃ; Russian gryɪˈgɔ ryi yɪˈfyi mə vyɪtʃ/, 1871–1916, Siberian peasant monk who was very influential at the court of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra.
- any person who exercises great but insidious influence.
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Contemporary Examples of rasputin
She spoke with Jane Ciabattari about playing with Russian history and the Rasputin myth.
Part of what Rasputin did for the royal family was healing their youngest.
The gossip of the time speculated that Rasputin was having sex with the tsarina and her daughters.
Historical Examples of rasputin
Rasputin had been lured to the house of Prince Felix and there killed.
On reporting to Rasputin next day, he rubbed his hands with delight.
That first morning spent with Rasputin was full of interest.
Rasputin had put on his oldest and most ragged monk's habit, and carried a staff.
Rasputin, from that day, took a great deal of interest in the furrier's wife.
- Grigori Efimovich (ɡriˈɡɔrij jɪˈfiməvitʃ). ?1871–1916, Siberian peasant monk, notorious for his debauchery, who wielded great influence over Tsarina Alexandra. He was assassinated by a group of Russian noblemen
acquired name (Russian, literally "debauchee") of Grigory Yefimovich Novykh (c.1872-1916), mystic and faith healer who held sway over court of Nicholas II of Russia. His nickname is from his doctrine of "rebirth through sin," that true holy communion must be preceded by immersion in sin. His name used figuratively in English from 1937 for anyone felt to have an insidious and corrupting influence.