Even if he had been certain that all the progressives were fools like him, it would not have allayed his uneasiness.
I only wanted to find out what sort of man you are, for so many unscrupulous people have got hold of the progressive cause of late and have so distorted in their own interests everything they touched, that the whole cause has been dragged in the mire.
But I must say that there are sometimes such provoking ’Germans’ that I don’t believe there is a progressive who could quite answer for himself.
He, like everyone, had heard that there were, especially in Petersburg, progressives of some sort, nihilists and so on, and, like many people, he exaggerated and distorted the significance of those words to an absurd degree.
He had heard of Andrey Semyonovitch, who had once been his ward, as a leading young progressive who was taking an important part in certain interesting circles, the doings of which were a legend in the provinces.
He had something progressive to say on the subject which might console his worthy friend and "could not fail" to promote his development.
"I’ll prove to you that your white eyelashes may very well be ascribed to the Church of Ivan the Great’s being two hundred and fifty feet high, and I will prove it clearly, exactly, progressively, and even with a Liberal tendency!
There are no more uses of "progressive" in the book.