toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

magnate
used in War and Peace

10 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
someone who is wealthy and powerful in business
  • The chief magnates sat on high-backed chairs at a large table under the portrait of the Emperor, but most of the gentry were strolling about the room.
    Book Nine — 1812 (93% in)
  • In June, after many balls and fetes given by the Polish magnates, by the courtiers, and by the Emperor himself, it occurred to one of the Polish aides-de-camp in attendance that a dinner and ball should be given for the Emperor by his aides-de-camp.
    Book Nine — 1812 (9% in)
  • The Comte de Turenne showed him into a big reception room where many generals, gentlemen-in-waiting, and Polish magnates—several of whom Balashev had seen at the court of the Emperor of Russia—were waiting.
    Book Nine — 1812 (19% in)
  • The crowd drew up to the large table, at which sat gray-haired or bald seventy-year-old magnates, uniformed and besashed almost all of whom Pierre had seen in their own homes with their buffoons, or playing boston at the clubs.
    Book Nine — 1812 (97% in)
  • The old magnates, whom Pierre knew, sat and turned to look first at one and then at another, and their faces for the most part only expressed the fact that they found it very hot.
    Book Nine — 1812 (98% in)
  • A conference took place confined to the magnates sitting at the table.
    Book Nine — 1812 (98% in)
  • When she returned to Petersburg both the magnate and the prince were there, and both claimed their rights.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (12% in)
  • She provoked the jealousy of the elderly magnate and told him what she had told her other suitor; that is, she put the matter so that the only way for him to obtain a right over her was to marry her.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (15% in)
  • The elderly magnate was at first as much taken aback by this suggestion of marriage with a woman whose husband was alive, as the younger man had been, but Helene's imperturbable conviction that it was as simple and natural as marrying a maiden had its effect on him too.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (15% in)
  • Had Helene herself shown the least sign of hesitation, shame, or secrecy, her cause would certainly have been lost; but not only did she show no signs of secrecy or shame, on the contrary, with good-natured naivete she told her intimate friends (and these were all Petersburg) that both the prince and the magnate had proposed to her and that she loved both and was afraid of grieving either.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (15% in)

There are no more uses of "magnate" in War and Peace.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®