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or Tolstoi

[tohl-stoi, tol-; Russian tuhl-stoi] /ˈtoʊl stɔɪ, ˈtɒl-; Russian tʌlˈstɔɪ/
Leo or Lev Nikolaevich
[lev nik-uh-lahy-uh-vich;; Russian lyef nyi-kuh-lah-yi-vyich] /lɛv ˌnɪk əˈlaɪ əˌvɪtʃ;; Russian ˈlyɛf nyɪ kʌˈlɑ yɪ vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
Count, 1828–1910, Russian novelist and social critic.
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Tolstoyan, Tolstoian, adjective, noun
Tolstoyism, noun
Tolstoyist, noun Unabridged
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  • Tolstoy portrayed the vices of the educated Russian and the evils of wage-slavery which followed the emancipation of the serfs.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
  • These essays form an admirable introduction to Tolstoy's philosophy.

  • A true history of Tolstoy's life must be preserved in the greatest possible fullness for future generations.

    The Last Days of Tolstoy V. G. Chertkov
  • I looked like a cross between Count Tolstoy and a June lobster.

  • You should also look up the history of the Ireland forgeries, unless, as is very probable, Tolstoy has anticipated you in this.

British Dictionary definitions for Tolstoy


/ˈtɒlstɔɪ; Russian talˈstɔj/
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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