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naive
used in Anna Karenina

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Definition
lacking experience or sophistication, and the understanding that comes from them — often too trusting or optimistic
  • His hair had grown thinner, the same straight mustaches hid his lips, the same eyes gazed strangely and naively at his visitor.
    Part One (74% in)
  • Anna experienced almost physical pleasure in the sensation of his nearness, and his caresses, and moral soothing, when she met his simple, confiding, and loving glance, and heard his naive questions.
    Part One (93% in)
  • And the smallest, Lily, was bewitching in her naive astonishment at everything, and it was difficult not to smile when, after taking the sacrament, she said in English, "Please, some more."
    Part Three (23% in)
  • Liza now is one of those naive natures that, like children, don't know what's good and what's bad.
    Part Three (53% in)
  • This shrewd man's flattering words, the naive, childlike affection shown her by Liza Merkalova, and all the social atmosphere she was used to,— it was all so easy, and what was in store for her was so difficult, that she was for a minute in uncertainty whether to remain, whether to put off a little longer the painful moment of explanation.
    Part Three (56% in)
  • They naively believed that it was their business to lay before the commission their needs and the actual condition of things, and to ask assistance of the government, and utterly failed to grasp that some of their statements and requests supported the contention of the enemy's side, and so spoiled the whole business.
    Part Four (29% in)
  • As he said good-night to his hostess, Vassenka would again have kissed her hand, but Kitty, reddening, drew back her hand and said with a naive bluntness, for which the old princess scolded her afterwards: "We don't like that fashion."
    Part Six (18% in)
  • And besides, Veslovsky was at first so naively distressed, and then laughed so good-humoredly and infectiously at their general dismay, that one could not but laugh with him.
    Part Six (24% in)
  • And, in spite of all her emotion, Anna smiled, as she caught the naive expression of curiosity, wonder, and horror on Dolly's face.
    Part Six (73% in)
  • Kitty said naively, looking compassionately into her eyes.
    Part Seven (90% in)

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