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

Examples from the Web for tolstoyan

Historical Examples of tolstoyan

  • The Tolstoyan's will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil.


    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."

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for tolstoyan



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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