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cease
used in War and Peace

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to stop or discontinue
  • After the murder of the duc even the most partial ceased to regard him as a hero.
    Book One — 1805 (15% in)
  • The spindles hummed steadily and ceaselessly on all sides.
    Book One — 1805 (7% in)
  • That's my advice: never marry till you can say to yourself that you have done all you are capable of, and until you have ceased to love the woman of your choice and have seen her plainly as she is, or else you will make a cruel and irrevocable mistake.
    Book One — 1805 (23% in)
  • Boris and Natasha were at the other window and ceased talking when Vera entered.
    Book One — 1805 (39% in)
  • In the midst of the service the voices of the priests suddenly ceased, they whispered to one another, and the old servant who was holding the count's hand got up and said something to the ladies.
    Book One — 1805 (73% in)
  • The chanting of the service ceased, and the voice of the priest was heard respectfully congratulating the dying man on having received the sacrament.
    Book One — 1805 (73% in)
  • The enemy ceased firing, and that stern, threatening, inaccessible, and intangible line which separates two hostile armies was all the more clearly felt.
    Book Two — 1805 (34% in)
  • Just as he was going to open it the sounds ceased, the door opened, and Kutuzov with his eagle nose and puffy face appeared in the doorway.
    Book Two — 1805 (63% in)
  • The staff officer joined in the colonel's appeals, but Bagration did not reply; he only gave an order to cease firing and re-form, so as to give room for the two approaching battalions.
    Book Two — 1805 (80% in)
  • "Oh, Natasha!" said Sonya, looking ecstatically and earnestly at her friend as if she did not consider her worthy to hear what she meant to say and as if she were saying it to someone else, with whom joking was out of the question, "I am in love with your brother once for all and, whatever may happen to him or to me, shall never cease to love him as long as I live."
    Book Three — 1805 (36% in)
  • As soon as Prince Andrew began to demonstrate the defects of the latter and the merits of his own plan, Prince Dolgorukov ceased to listen to him and gazed absent-mindedly not at the map, but at Prince Andrew's face.
    Book Three — 1805 (63% in)
  • When the monotonous sound of Weyrother's voice ceased, Kutuzov opened his eye as a miller wakes up when the soporific drone of the mill wheel is interrupted.
    Book Three — 1805 (66% in)
  • The French, who had ceased firing at this field strewn with dead and wounded where there was no one left to fire at, on seeing an adjutant riding over it trained a gun on him and fired several shots.
    Book Three — 1805 (92% in)
  • Toward evening he ceased moaning and became quite still.
    Book Three — 1805 (96% in)
  • His looks thanked her for offering him his freedom and told her that one way or another he would never cease to love her, for that would be impossible.
    Book Four — 1806 (12% in)
  • The screaming ceased, and a few more seconds went by.
    Book Four — 1806 (63% in)
  • Prince Andrew ran to the door; the scream ceased and he heard the wail of an infant.
    Book Four — 1806 (63% in)
  • No matter what he thought about, he always returned to these same questions which he could not solve and yet could not cease to ask himself.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (1% in)
  • You'll die and know all, or cease asking."
    Book Five — 1806-07 (2% in)
  • We shall not cease to express our sincere views on that subject, and can only say to the King of Prussia and others: 'So much the worse for you.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (27% in)
  • Princess Mary had ceased taking lessons in mathematics from her father, and when the old prince was at home went to his study with the wet nurse and little Prince Nicholas (as his grandfather called him).
    Book Five — 1806-07 (32% in)
  • What convinces is when one sees a being dear to one, bound up with one's own life, before whom one was to blame and had hoped to make it right" (Prince Andrew's voice trembled and he turned away), "and suddenly that being is seized with pain, suffers, and ceases to exist....
    Book Five — 1806-07 (59% in)
  • Next day the countess called Boris aside and had a talk with him, after which he ceased coming to the Rostovs'.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (50% in)
  • At last the Emperor stopped beside his last partner (he had danced with three) and the music ceased.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (59% in)
  • After Prince Andrew, Boris came up to ask Natasha for a dance, and then the aide-de-camp who had opened the ball, and several other young men, so that, flushed and happy, and passing on her superfluous partners to Sonya, she did not cease dancing all the evening.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (61% in)
  • At dinner the conversation did not cease for a moment and seemed to consist of the contents of a book of funny anecdotes.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (66% in)
  • In the midst of a phrase he ceased speaking and suddenly felt tears choking him, a thing he had thought impossible for him.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (70% in)
  • You may cease to.... all right, I know I am not to say that.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (91% in)
  • "More, please, more!" cried Natasha at the door as soon as the balalayka ceased.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (51% in)
  • "No, I don't believe we ever were in animals," said Natasha, still in a whisper though the music had ceased.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (74% in)
  • He ceased keeping a diary, avoided the company of the Brothers, began going to the Club again, drank a great deal, and came once more in touch with the bachelor sets, leading such a life that the Countess Helene thought it necessary to speak severely to him about it.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (0% in)
  • She did not cease chattering good-naturedly and gaily, continually praising Natasha's beauty.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (55% in)
  • You are enchanting.... from the moment I saw you I have never ceased....
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (58% in)
  • "If he is an honorable man he should either declare his intentions or cease seeing you; and if you won't do this, I will.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (67% in)
  • Only looking up at the sky did Pierre cease to feel how sordid and humiliating were all mundane things compared with the heights to which his soul had just been raised.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (99% in)
  • The troops, knowing of the Emperor's presence, were on the lookout for him, and when they caught sight of a figure in an overcoat and a cocked hat standing apart from his suite in front of his tent on the hill, they threw up their caps and shouted: "Vive l'Empereur!" and one after another poured in a ceaseless stream out of the vast forest that had concealed them and, separating, flowed on and on by the three bridges to the other side.
    Book Nine — 1812 (6% in)
  • Boris, coolly looking at Helene's dazzling bare shoulders which emerged from a dark, gold-embroidered, gauze gown, talked to her of old acquaintances and at the same time, unaware of it himself and unnoticed by others, never for an instant ceased to observe the Emperor who was in the same room.
    Book Nine — 1812 (10% in)
  • He kept laughing sarcastically, he demonstrated, and at last contemptuously ceased to demonstrate, like a mathematician who ceases to prove in various ways the accuracy of a problem that has already been proved.
    Book Nine — 1812 (49% in)
  • He kept laughing sarcastically, he demonstrated, and at last contemptuously ceased to demonstrate, like a mathematician who ceases to prove in various ways the accuracy of a problem that has already been proved.
    Book Nine — 1812 (49% in)
  • Returning from the yard, the doctor told his wife (who had ceased to smile so happily, and looked at him in alarm, awaiting her sentence) that the rain had ceased and they must go to sleep in their covered cart, or everything in it would be stolen.
    Book Nine — 1812 (58% in)
  • Returning from the yard, the doctor told his wife (who had ceased to smile so happily, and looked at him in alarm, awaiting her sentence) that the rain had ceased and they must go to sleep in their covered cart, or everything in it would be stolen.
    Book Nine — 1812 (58% in)
  • Day was breaking, the rain had ceased, and the clouds were dispersing.
    Book Nine — 1812 (59% in)
  • Natasha's grief began to be overlaid by the impressions of daily life, it ceased to press so painfully on her heart, it gradually faded into the past, and she began to recover physically.
    Book Nine — 1812 (68% in)
  • We must cease raving if we are sons of our Fatherland!
    Book Nine — 1812 (97% in)
  • The Emperor ceased speaking, the crowd began pressing round him, and rapturous exclamations were heard from all sides.
    Book Nine — 1812 (99% in)
  • Ferapontov's wife, who till then had not ceased wailing under the shed, became quiet and with the baby in her arms went to the gate, listening to the sounds and looking in silence at the people.
    Book Ten — 1812 (11% in)
  • The roar of guns, the whistling of projectiles, and the piteous moaning of the cook, which rose above the other sounds, did not cease for a moment.
    Book Ten — 1812 (12% in)
  • Now that the terrible din of the guns had ceased a hush seemed to reign over the town, broken only by the rustle of footsteps, the moaning, the distant cries, and the crackle of fires which seemed widespread everywhere.
    Book Ten — 1812 (12% in)
  • His sobs ceased, he pointed to his eyes, and Tikhon, understanding him, wiped away the tears.
    Book Ten — 1812 (26% in)
  • The latter in Pierre's presence had ceased to be caustic, and his face expressed perplexity as to what Julie's smile might mean.
    Book Ten — 1812 (48% in)
  • The first shots had not yet ceased to reverberate before others rang out and yet more were heard mingling with and overtaking one another.
    Book Ten — 1812 (77% in)
  • The roar of guns, that had not ceased for ten hours, wearied the ear and gave a peculiar significance to the spectacle, as music does to tableaux vivants.
    Book Ten — 1812 (89% in)
  • Toward three o'clock the French attacks ceased.
    Book Ten — 1812 (90% in)
  • Kutuzov ceased chewing and fixed an astonished gaze on Wolzogen, as if not understanding what was said to him.
    Book Ten — 1812 (91% in)
  • Talk was rarely heard in the ranks, and it ceased altogether every time the thud of a successful shot and the cry of "stretchers!" was heard.
    Book Ten — 1812 (92% in)
  • Cease.... bethink yourselves!
    Book Ten — 1812 (99% in)
  • I like you and don't wish you any harm and—as you are only half my age—I advise you, as a father would, to cease all communication with men of that stamp and to leave here as soon as possible."
    Book Eleven — 1812 (24% in)
  • Natasha quietly repeated her question, and her face and whole manner were so serious, though she was still holding the ends of her handkerchief, that the major ceased smiling and after some reflection—as if considering in how far the thing was possible—replied in the affirmative.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (30% in)
  • Instead of black, glossy bees—tamed by toil, clinging to one another's legs and drawing out the wax, with a ceaseless hum of labor—that used to hang in long clusters down to the floor of the hive, drowsy shriveled bees crawl about separately in various directions on the floor and walls of the hive.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (49% in)
  • On seeing the crowd and the bloodstained man the workman ceased speaking, and with eager curiosity all the bootmakers joined the moving crowd.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (55% in)
  • The talking instantly ceased, hats and caps were doffed, and all eyes were raised to the count.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (61% in)
  • Only when the victim ceased to struggle and his cries changed to a long-drawn, measured death rattle did the crowd around his prostrate, bleeding corpse begin rapidly to change places.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (63% in)
  • The cries from the gates ceased.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (67% in)
  • She was listening to the ceaseless moaning of the adjutant, three houses off.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (84% in)
  • Sonya had cried and begged to be forgiven and now, as if trying to atone for her fault, paid unceasing attention to her cousin.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (85% in)
  • But after she had been told that she could not see him, that he was seriously wounded but that his life was not in danger, she ceased to ask questions or to speak at all, evidently disbelieving what they told her, and convinced that say what she might she would still be told the same.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (85% in)
  • But in the yard there was a light from the fire at Little Mytishchi a mile and a half away, and through the night came the noise of people shouting at a tavern Mamonov's Cossacks had set up across the street, and the adjutant's unceasing moans could still be heard.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (86% in)
  • Villain!" shouted the woman angrily, suddenly ceasing to weep.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (94% in)
  • ...still offers me more than my enemies suppose," said the Emperor growing more and more animated; "but should it ever be ordained by Divine Providence," he continued, raising to heaven his fine eyes shining with emotion, "that my dynasty should cease to reign on the throne of my ancestors, then after exhausting all the means at my command, I shall let my beard grow to here" (he pointed halfway down his chest) "and go and eat potatoes with the meanest of my peasants, rather than sign the...
    Book Twelve — 1812 (13% in)
  • She knew that Natasha loved no one but Prince Andrew and had never ceased to love him.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (43% in)
  • On seeing his face and meeting his eyes Princess Mary's pace suddenly slackened, she felt her tears dry up and her sobs ceased.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (86% in)
  • When he came to himself after being wounded and the flower of eternal, unfettered love had instantly unfolded itself in his soul as if freed from the bondage of life that had restrained it, he no longer feared death and ceased to think about it.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (92% in)
  • The famous flank movement merely consisted in this: after the advance of the French had ceased, the Russian army, which had been continually retreating straight back from the invaders, deviated from that direct course and, not finding itself pursued, was naturally drawn toward the district where supplies were abundant.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (6% in)
  • Soldiers and citizens, of whatever nation you may be, re-establish public confidence, the source of the welfare of a state, live like brothers, render mutual aid and protection one to another, unite to defeat the intentions of the evil-minded, obey the military and civil authorities, and your tears will soon cease to flow!
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (39% in)
  • Moscow is taken and after that, with no further battles, it is not Russia that ceases to exist, but the French army of six hundred thousand, and then Napoleonic France itself.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (2% in)
  • After the French victory at Borodino there was no general engagement nor any that were at all serious, yet the French army ceased to exist.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (2% in)
  • Napoleon felt this, and from the time he took up the correct fencing attitude in Moscow and instead of his opponent's rapier saw a cudgel raised above his head, he did not cease to complain to Kutuzov and to the Emperor Alexander that the war was being carried on contrary to all the rules—as if there were any rules for killing people.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (5% in)
  • This problem is only solvable if we cease arbitrarily to substitute for the unknown x itself the conditions under which that force becomes apparent—such as the commands of the general, the equipment employed, and so on—mistaking these for the real significance of the factor, and if we recognize this unknown quantity in its entirety as being the greater or lesser desire to fight and to face danger.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (8% in)
  • It had been raining since morning and had seemed as if at any moment it might cease and the sky clear, but after a short break it began raining harder than before.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (70% in)
  • At the approach of the commander in chief the buzz of talk ceased and all eyes were fixed on Kutuzov who, wearing a white cap with a red band and a padded overcoat that bulged on his round shoulders, moved slowly along the road on his white horse.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (9% in)
  • "You see, brothers...." said he when the shouts had ceased.... and all at once his voice and the expression of his face changed.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (10% in)
  • He ceased speaking and bowed his head as if in perplexity.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (10% in)
  • But the rams need only cease to suppose that all that happens to them happens solely for the attainment of their sheepish aims; they need only admit that what happens to them may also have purposes beyond their ken, and they will at once perceive a unity and coherence in what happened to the ram that was fattened.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (39% in)
  • The servants—the most reliable judges of their masters because they judge not by their conversation or expressions of feeling but by their acts and way of life—were glad of Pierre's return because they knew that when he was there Count Nicholas would cease going every day to attend to the estate, and would be in better spirits and temper, and also because they would all receive handsome presents for the holidays.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (60% in)
  • People ceased to kill one another, and this event was accompanied by its justification in the necessity for a centralization of power, resistance to Europe, and so on.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (88% in)

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