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Slavic masc. proper name, literally "vengeful fame," from Russian mstit' "to take revenge," from Proto-Slavic *misti "revenge," *mistiti "to take revenge," from PIE *mit-ti-, extended form of root *mei- "to change, go, move" (see mutable); for second element, see Slav.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The 1974 trip also led to an exit visa for the renowned cellist, mstislav Rostropovich, to leave the USSR.

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  • After vainly attempting to bring Yaroslav to reason, mstislav took up arms against him.

  • Then like a god from the blue appeared to the famishing and despairing Novgorodskie their erstwhile prince, mstislav of Toropetz.

  • In 1034 died mstislav, at the end of a days hunting, having shortly before lost his only son Evstaf.

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