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minute
used in War and Peace

2 meanings, 16 uses
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1  —8 uses as in:
minute size
Definition
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
  • Pierre knew this, but instead of acting he only thought about his undertaking, going over its minutest details in his mind.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (72% in)
minutest = smallest
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Prince Andrew without lifting his eyes rode hastily away from the doctor's wife, who was calling him her deliverer, and recalling with a sense of disgust the minutest details of this humiliating scene he galloped on to the village where he was told that the commander in chief was.
    Book Two — 1805 (61% in)
  • minutest = smallest
  • But even if he also took up a position in the Thuerassa, he merely saves us a great deal of trouble and all our arrangements to the minutest detail remain the same.
    Book Three — 1805 (67% in)
  • minutest = smallest
  • He was continually traveling through the three provinces entrusted to him, was pedantic in the fulfillment of his duties, severe to cruelty with his subordinates, and went into everything down to the minutest details himself.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (32% in)
  • minutest = smallest
  • The question again presented itself whether she was not guilty, whether she had not already broken faith with Prince Andrew, and again she found herself recalling to the minutest detail every word, every gesture, and every shade in the play of expression on the face of the man who had been able to arouse in her such an incomprehensible and terrifying feeling.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (53% in)
  • minutest = smallest
  • The people of the west moved eastwards to slay their fellow men, and by the law of coincidence thousands of minute causes fitted in and co-ordinated to produce that movement and war: reproaches for the nonobservance of the Continental System, the Duke of Oldenburg's wrongs, the movement of troops into Prussia—undertaken (as it seemed to Napoleon) only for the purpose of securing an armed peace, the French Emperor's love and habit of war coinciding with his people's inclinations,...
    Book Nine — 1812 (4% in)
  • minute = small
  • Having ordered punch and summoned de Beausset, he began to talk to him about Paris and about some changes he meant to make in the Empress' household, surprising the prefect by his memory of minute details relating to the court.
    Book Ten — 1812 (75% in)
  • minute = small
  • Listening to the story of the struggle between love and duty, Pierre saw before his eyes every minutest detail of his last meeting with the object of his love at the Sukharev water tower.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (82% in)
minutest = smallest
There are no more uses of "minute" flagged with this meaning in War and Peace.

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2  —8 uses as in:
minute description
Definition
detailed (including even small considerations); and/or careful (done with care)
  • Natasha sat down and, without joining in Boris' conversation with the countess, silently and minutely studied her childhood's suitor.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (44% in)
minutely = in a detailed manner
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He listened, refraining from a reply, and involuntarily wondered how this old man, living alone in the country for so many years, could know and discuss so minutely and acutely all the recent European military and political events.
    Book One — 1805 (93% in)
  • minutely = with such detail
  • In the meantime, not only was it known in the maidservants' rooms that the minister and his son had arrived, but the appearance of both had been minutely described.
    Book Three — 1805 (19% in)
  • minutely = in a detailed manner
  • What exactitude, what minuteness, what knowledge of the locality, what foresight for every eventuality, every possibility even to the smallest detail!
    Book Three — 1805 (54% in)
  • minuteness = attention to detail

    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The dispositions drawn up by Weyrother for the battle of Austerlitz were a model of perfection for that kind of composition, but still they were criticized—criticized for their very perfection, for their excessive minuteness.
    Book Ten — 1812 (75% in)
  • minuteness = attention to detail

    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • With regard to diplomatic questions, Napoleon summoned Captain Yakovlev, who had been robbed and was in rags and did not know how to get out of Moscow, minutely explained to him his whole policy and his magnanimity, and having written a letter to the Emperor Alexander in which he considered it his duty to inform his Friend and Brother that Rostopchin had managed affairs badly in Moscow, he dispatched Yakovlev to Petersburg.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (37% in)
  • minutely = in a detailed manner
  • ...the histories of culture, to which all general histories tend more and more to approximate, are significant from the fact that after seriously and minutely examining various religious, philosophic, and political doctrines as causes of events, as soon as they have to describe an actual historic event such as the campaign of 1812 for instance, they involuntarily describe it as resulting from an exercise of power—
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (78% in)
  • minutely = with careful detail
  • From this fundamental difference between the view held by history and that held by jurisprudence, it follows that jurisprudence can tell minutely how in its opinion power should be constituted and what power—existing immutably outside time—is, but to history's questions about the meaning of the mutations of power in time it can answer nothing.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (80% in)
minutely = in a detailed manner
There are no more uses of "minute" flagged with this meaning in War and Peace.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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