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used in War and Peace

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polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
  • "This is what I want, my dear fellow," said the count to the deferential young man who had entered.
    Book One — 1805 (50% in)
  • A deference such as he had never before received was shown him.
    Book One — 1805 (70% in)
  • The officer evidently had complete control of his face, and while Kutuzov was turning managed to make a grimace and then assume a most serious, deferential, and innocent expression.
    Book Two — 1805 (7% in)
  • Turning the horse sharply, he again jumped the ditch, and deferentially addressed the horseman with the white plumes, evidently suggesting that he should do the same.
    Book Three — 1805 (93% in)
  • "Or is it yours?" he said, addressing the black-mustached Denisov with servile deference.
    Book Four — 1806 (7% in)
  • And when after Pierre's departure Helene returned to Petersburg, she was received by all her acquaintances not only cordially, but even with a shade of deference due to her misfortune.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (25% in)
  • Toward him Boris behaved with a particularly dignified and sad deference.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (32% in)
  • This shade of deference also disturbed Pierre.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (32% in)
  • An attendant deferentially and quickly slipped before the ladies and opened the door of their box.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (36% in)
  • Rostov's deferential tone seemed to indicate that though he would consider himself happy to be acquainted with her, he did not wish to take advantage of her misfortunes to intrude upon her.
    Book Ten — 1812 (38% in)

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

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