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Tatars

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Definition Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th century

More rarely, Tartar may refer to Tatar descendants (who live in parts of Russia) or to their language.
  • Most modern Tartars no longer call themselves Tartars; though the Volga Tartars and Crimean Tartars are exceptions.
  • Tatars, Russkis, savages, swine.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • We particularly observed this idolatry near the river Arguna, at a city inhabited by Tartars and Russians, called Nerisinkey.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • 1346: Tartars send soldiers infected with the plague over the wall in the siege of Caffa on the Black Sea.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • With more colors of woof and warp Tartars or Turks never made cloth, nor were such webs woven by Arachne.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • So the Tatars have taught us, and they left us the knout as a remembrance of it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • 'Yes,' said I. 'Among the Arabs, Tartars, and some other Eastern nations, this mode of life is natural.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • These vaqueros were the most superb horsemen Madeline had ever seen, and she had seen the Cossacks and Tatars of the Russian steppes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The Black Tatars of Siberia say that when the demiurge Pajana fashioned the first human beings, he found that he was unable to produce a life-giving spirit for them.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And it's probably worth remembering that no nation, not the Turks, the Tatars, the Persians, the Arabs, the Hindus, or the Brits has ever completely conquered EJaluchistan.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Farmer had said he thought it one of the world's most beautiful buildings, but marred by the fact that it had been built to celebrate Ivan the Terrible's bloody victory over the Tartars.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I had rather that the language should be made hideous with words imported from the Chinese, the Tartars, or the Hurons, than that the meaning of a word in our own language should become indeterminate.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Just about all the seven deadly sins: Dissolved their Poor Peasants' Committee, that's one; refused to supply horses to the Red Army, that's two (and they're all Tartars, mind you, horsemen); resisted the mobilization decree, that makes three.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The deportation of a million Lithuanians, the murder of hundreds of thousands of Poles, the liquidation of the Crimean Tatars remain in our memory, but no photographic documentation exists; sooner or later they will therefore be proclaimed as fabrications.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The warrior who had been telling of feeding five thousand Tatars, of receiving a degree from a Chinese university and refusing a decoration from quite a good Balkan king, looked affectionately on his band of one disciple and demanded, "Was it all right—was it?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • *h [Footnote g: With the progress of discovery some resemblance has been found to exist between the physical conformation, the language, and the habits of the Indians of North America, and those of the Tongous, Mantchous, Mongols, Tartars, and other wandering tribes of Asia.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Buttes and summits and ridges as in Old Mexico, ravines cut by sheer cliffs, caverns, gullies and dried-up streams and land faults, lost sheep and wild dogs, dividing stripes flowing down the center of the road, howls behind him, beats of the heart, Tatars hunting him on horseback through canyoned country.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • She was born in a hill-smothered Wisconsin village where her father was a prosy minister; she labored through a sanctimonious college; she taught for two years in an iron-range town of blurry-faced Tatars and Montenegrins, and wastes of ore, and when she came to Gopher Prairie, its trees and the shining spaciousness of the wheat prairie made her certain that she was in paradise.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • ...And where thou now exacts the penalty,— Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh,— Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, But, touch'd with human gentleness and love, Forgive a moiety of the principal, Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, That have of late so huddled on his back, Enow to press a royal merchant down, And pluck commiseration of his state From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks and Tartars, never train'd To offices of tender courtesy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • At his return, he told us he believed them to be Calmuc Tartars; and that there were more upon the desert.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe

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