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principal
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The Idiot
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  • Oh, I have no special business; my principal object was to make your acquaintance.
  • The room they were now sitting in was a large one, lofty but dark, well furnished, principally with writing-tables and desks covered with papers and books.
  • Her principal acquaintances were poor women of various grades, a couple of actresses, and the family of a poor schoolteacher.
  • Perhaps my lot in life will be changed; but that is not the principal thing.
  • The principal thing is the entire change that has already come over me.
  • For instance, he made a point of never asserting himself when he would gain more by keeping in the background; and in consequence many exalted personages valued him principally for his humility and simplicity, and because "he knew his place."
  • There is one little matter—some advice I am going to ask him for; but my principal object is simply to introduce myself, because I am Prince Muishkin, and Madame Epanchin is the last of her branch of the house, and besides herself and me there are no other Muishkins left.
  • But the principal thing, and the conclusion of my argument, is that this is most clearly seen in the heart of a Russian.
  • Besides, he cannot possibly be on such intimate terms with Nastasia Philipovna as she gave us to understand; that’s the principal part of the mystery!
  • A month or so ago, we were all talking and laughing, and looking up a subject for one of Adelaida’s pictures—you know it is the principal business of this family to find subjects for Adelaida’s pictures.
  • My principal object is to beg you to fix an hour for a most important conversation—that is my great hope, prince.
  • On the contrary, I think it very likely that you may shoot yourself; but the principal thing is to keep cool," said Evgenie with a drawl, and with great condescension.

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  • The principal idea is that decisions should be made by the people who are most knowledgeable about specific circumstances that impact the decision.
  • The singer was the principal performer; though the whole band was good.

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