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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • Father Paissy could not refrain from breaking in again.
  • Madame Hohlakov obviously had not intended to interfere, but she could not refrain from this very just comment.

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  • Miuesov looked absent-mindedly at the tombstones round the church, and was on the point of saying that the dead buried here must have paid a pretty penny for the right of lying in this "holy place," but refrained.
  • She had said nothing yet, and seemed, indeed, purposely to refrain from speaking.
  • He danced with special vigor to the refrain: The little pig says—umph! umph! umph!
  • Perhaps we may even grow wicked later on, may be unable to refrain from a bad action, may laugh at men’s tears and at those people who say as Kolya did just now, ’I want to suffer for all men,’ and may even jeer spitefully at such people.

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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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