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The Idiot
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  • I wrote to Mrs. General Epanchin at the time (she is a distant relative of mine), but she did not answer my letter.
  • Here you are, prince—let me introduce you, the last of the Muishkins, a relative of your own, my dear, or at least of the same name.

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  • The prince had been left an orphan when quite a little child, and Pavlicheff had entrusted him to an old lady, a relative of his own, living in the country, the child needing the fresh air and exercise of country life.
  • Adelaida and Alexandra poured out a stream of questions; Prince S., a relative of the young man, appeared annoyed; and Ivan Fedorovitch quite excited.
  • She was accompanied sometimes in her carriage by a girl of sixteen, a distant relative of her hostess.
  • Another guest was an elderly, important-looking gentleman, a distant relative of Lizabetha Prokofievna’s.
  • "This gentleman declares, Gavrila Ardalionovitch," began the man, confidentially and almost familiarly, "that he is Prince Muishkin and a relative of Madame Epanchin’s.
  • That is, of course, if you really are a relative of Mrs. Epanchin’s, and have not made a little error through—well, absence of mind, which is very common to human beings; or, say—through a too luxuriant fancy?"

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as in: the relative importance Define
compared with something else (not an absolute value or not complete)
as in: they are relatives Define
connected in various senses such as:
  • a person related by blood or marriage
  • a plant or animal related by origin or grouping

as in: questions relative to the topic Define
related to
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