[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.
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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.Contemporary Russian Novelists
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
For a while the Russian Government rather approved of the Tolstoyan attitude of non-resistance to evil.
- 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