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  • He sorrowfully asked himself whether he had been the cause of this new "monstrosity," or was itů. but he refrained from saying who else might be in fault.
  • The eternal refrain!

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  • The prince was haunted all that day by the face of Lebedeff’s nephew whom he had seen for the first time that morning, just as one is haunted at times by some persistent musical refrain.
  • Did not you intend to say, ’Surely you are not Prince Muishkin?’ just now, but refrained out of politeness?"
  • But I can’t help knowing that after twenty-four years of illness there must be some trace left, so that it is impossible for people to refrain from laughing at me sometimes; don’t you think so?"

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as in: a repeated refrain Define
something repeated regularly -- especially:
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem

as in: refrain from laughing Define
avoid or resist doing something
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