or Tol·stoi

[tohl-stoi, tol-; Russian tuhl-stoi]


Leo or Lev Ni·ko·la·e·vich [lev nik-uh-lahy-uh-vich; Russian lyef nyi-kuh-lah-yi-vyich] /lɛv ˌnɪk əˈlaɪ əˌvɪtʃ; Russian ˈlyɛf nyɪ kʌˈlɑ yɪ vyɪtʃ/, Count,1828–1910, Russian novelist and social critic.

Related formsTol·stoy·an, Tol·stoi·an, adjective, nounTol·stoy·ism, nounTol·stoy·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • In fact, Tolstoy tells us that we shall soon outgrow war, which he says is simply a duel between nations.

    The Ball and The Cross

    G.K. Chesterton

  • In Tolstoy's eyes they were false, paltry, and immoral, and he was at no pains to disguise his opinions.

  • Art,” says Tolstoy, “has this characteristic, that it unites people.

    Ancient Art and Ritual

    Jane Ellen Harrison

  • Tolstoy had refined all human souls with the sentiments the most delicate and just.

    Tremendous Trifles

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The work of Tolstoy has another and more special significance.

    Twelve Types

    G.K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for tolstoy



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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