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The Idiot
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  • "Poor orphans," began Lebedeff, his face assuming a mournful air, but he stopped short, for the other looked at him inattentively, as if he had already forgotten his own remark.
  • "Dear me—is it possible?" observed the clerk, while his face assumed an expression of great deference and servility—if not of absolute alarm: "what, a son of that very Semen Rogojin—hereditary honourable citizen—who died a month or so ago and left two million and a half of roubles?"

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  • Rogojin, evidently, saw and understood the impression he had made; and though he seemed more or less confused at first, yet he began talking with what looked like assumed ease and freedom.
  • Thank you for assuming that I would not demean myself with lies.
  • Lebedeff assumed an air of dignity.

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as in: I assume it's true Define
to accept something as true without proof
as in: She assumed power Define
beginning to take power or responsibility
as in: She assumed a false identity Define
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) -- often while pretending or disguising
as in: assumed into heaven Define
to take up or receive someone into heaven
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