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avert
used in War and Peace

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Definition
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
  • It was evident that the affair so lightly begun could no longer be averted but was taking its course independently of men's will.
    Book Four — 1806 (39% in)
  • Not wishing to agree to Dolgorukov's demand to commence the action, and wishing to avert responsibility from himself, Prince Bagration proposed to Dolgorukov to send to inquire of the commander in chief.
    Book Three — 1805 (86% in)
  • ...of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal power in the human soul: one very reasonably tells a man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of escaping it; the other, still more reasonably, says that it is too depressing and painful to think of the danger, since it is not in man's power to foresee everything and avert the general course of events, and it is therefore better to disregard what is painful till it comes, and to think about what is pleasant.
    Book Ten — 1812 (47% in)
  • It would seem that, availing yourself of these circumstances, you might advantageously attack a weaker one and annihilate him, or at least oblige him to retreat, retaining in our hands an important part of the provinces now occupied by the enemy, and thereby averting danger from Tula and other towns in the interior.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (13% in)
  • You will be responsible if the enemy is able to direct a force of any size against Petersburg to threaten this capital in which it has not been possible to retain many troops; for with the army entrusted to you, and acting with resolution and energy, you have ample means to avert this fresh calamity.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (13% in)

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