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however
used in Anna Karenina

3 meanings, 55 uses
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1  —17 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • He smiled, however, and went up to Kitty.
    Part Six (5% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • However, we can go into that later.
    Part One (16% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I'm not saying so much what I think, as what I feel.
    Part One (35% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, she was so anxious for the marriage itself, and still more for relief from her fears, that she believed it was so.
    Part One (39% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Madame Karenina, however, did not wait for her brother, but catching sight of him she stepped out with her light, resolute step.
    Part One (53% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I had finished....
    Part Two (2% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Varenka came, however, in the evening and brought a roll of music with her.
    Part Two (87% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • While awaiting the time for carrying out her plans on a large scale, however, Kitty, even then at the springs, where there were so many people ill and unhappy, readily found a chance for practicing her new principles in imitation of Varenka.
    Part Two (90% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • On the morning, however, all was happily arranged, and towards ten o'clock—the time at which they had asked the priest to wait for them for the mass—the children in their new dresses, with beaming faces, stood on the step before the carriage waiting for their mother.
    Part Three (22% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, now that the glove had been thrown down to him, he had boldly picked it up and demanded the appointment of a special commission to investigate and verify the working of the Board of Irrigation of the lands in the Zaraisky province.
    Part Three (42% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The unexpected young visitor, whom Sappho had invited, and whom she had forgotten, was, however, a personage of such consequence that, in spite of his youth, both the ladies rose on his entrance.
    Part Three (54% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Alexey Alexandrovitch was, however, so perturbed that he did not immediately comprehend all the good sense of adultery by mutual consent, and his eyes expressed this uncertainty; but the lawyer promptly came to his assistance.
    Part Four (19% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "However, we won't discuss it."
    Part Four (32% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, if....
    Part Four (86% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Noticing, however, that Mihailov was expecting a criticism of the picture, he said: "Your picture has got on a great deal since I saw it last time; and what strikes me particularly now, as it did then, is the figure of Pilate.
    Part Five (32% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • They could neither of them eat, however, and for a long while they could not sleep, and did not even go to bed.
    Part Five (54% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • After dinner, however, Kitty got up and went as usual with her work to the sick man.
    Part Five (60% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Anna Karenina.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —26 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • However hard she tried, she could not love this little child, and to feign love was beyond her powers.
    Part Six (98% in)
however = regardless of how
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Before you've time to look round, you feel that you can't love your wife with love, however much you may esteem her.
    Part One (35% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • And, however much it was instilled into the princess that in our times young people ought to arrange their lives for themselves, she was unable to believe it, just as she would have been unable to believe that, at any time whatever, the most suitable playthings for children five years old ought to be loaded pistols.
    Part One (39% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • The laborers with us, the peasants, bear all the burden of labor, and are so placed that however much they work they can't escape from their position of beasts of burden.
    Part One (75% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • When he had gone into the little drawing room, where he always had tea, and had settled himself in his armchair with a book, and Agafea Mihalovna had brought him tea, and with her usual, "Well, I'll stay a while, sir," had taken a chair in the window, he felt that, however strange it might be, he had not parted from his daydreams, and that he could not live without them.
    Part One (82% in)
  • However often you see her, every day she's different.
    Part Two (13% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However often he told himself that he was in no wise to blame in it, that recollection, like other humiliating reminiscences of a similar kind, made him twinge and blush.
    Part Two (28% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • He knew that however much they tried, they could not hire more than forty—thirty-seven perhaps or thirty-eight— laborers for a reasonable sum.
    Part Two (32% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • Woman, don't you know, is such a subject that however much you study it, it's always perfectly new.
    Part Two (38% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • ...which he showed for the most part by being able to drink like a fish, and do without sleep without being in the slightest degree affected by it; and for his great strength of character, which he showed in his relations with his comrades and superior officers, commanding both fear and respect, and also at cards, when he would play for tens of thousands and however much he might have drunk, always with such skill and decision that he was reckoned the best player in the English Club.
    Part Two (50% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • But however fast they worked, they did not spoil the grass, and the rows were laid just as neatly and exactly.
    Part Three (15% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • She felt that the position in the world that she enjoyed, and that had seemed to her of so little consequence in the morning, that this position was precious to her, that she would not have the strength to exchange it for the shameful position of a woman who has abandoned husband and child to join her lover; that however much she might struggle, she could not be stronger than herself.
    Part Three (49% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • These fits of jealousy, which of late had been more and more frequent with her, horrified him, and however much he tried to disguise the fact, made him feel cold to her, although he knew the cause of her jealousy was her love for him.
    Part Four (7% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However hard it is for you, believe me, it is more terrible for me.
    Part Four (74% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • She did not look at her husband, and was evidently in haste to have everything out, however hard it might be for her.
    Part Four (85% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • He felt he was not to blame for not having learned the lesson; however much he tried, he was utterly unable to do that.
    Part Five (77% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • But apart from that, however much I searched, I should never find anything to say against my feeling.
    Part Six (10% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However many women and girls he thought of whom he knew, he could not think of a girl who united to such a degree all, positively all, the qualities he would wish to see in his wife.
    Part Six (10% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • Well, but I can tell you: your receiving some five thousand, let's say, for your work on the land, while our host, the peasant here, however hard he works, can never get more than fifty roubles, is just as dishonest as my earning more than my chief clerk, and Malthus getting more than a station-master.
    Part Six (31% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • Her husband will give her a divorce, and then I shall go back to my solitude; but now I can be of use, and I am doing my duty, however difficult it may be for me—not like some other people.
    Part Six (59% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • One day a son may be born, my son, and he will be legally a Karenin; he will not be the heir of my name nor of my property, and however happy we may be in our home life and however many children we may have, there will be no real tie between us.
    Part Six (64% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • One day a son may be born, my son, and he will be legally a Karenin; he will not be the heir of my name nor of my property, and however happy we may be in our home life and however many children we may have, there will be no real tie between us.
    Part Six (64% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • And however white and beautiful her bare arms are, however beautiful her full figure and her eager face under her black curls, he will find something better still, just as my disgusting, pitiful, and charming husband does.
    Part Six (73% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • And however white and beautiful her bare arms are, however beautiful her full figure and her eager face under her black curls, he will find something better still, just as my disgusting, pitiful, and charming husband does.
    Part Six (73% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However bad the land is, he'll work it.
    Part Six (91% in)
  • however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • As soon as she had said it, she felt that however warm his feelings were to her, he had not forgiven her for that.
    Part Six (99% in)
however = regardless of how
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Anna Karenina.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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3  —2 uses as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • He'll get his share, however he has to squeeze to get it!
    Part Eight (52% in)
however = in whatever way
  • But, however I screw up my eyes and strain my sight, I cannot see it not round and not bounded, and in spite of my knowing about infinite space, I am incontestably right when I see a solid blue dome, and more right than when I strain my eyes to see beyond it.
    Part Eight (64% in)
however = in whatever way
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Anna Karenina.

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?  —10 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
    Part Three (26% in)
  • But however are you going to race in this mud?" said the other.
    Part Two (52% in)
  • "I must have physical exercise, or my temper'll certainly be ruined," he thought, and he determined he would go mowing, however awkward he might feel about it with his brother or the peasants.
    Part Three (9% in)
  • "No," he said to himself, "however good that life of simplicity and toil may be, I cannot go back to it.
    Part Three (35% in)
  • But at the bottom of her heart she felt that she was not strong enough to break through anything, that she was not strong enough to get out of her old position, however false and dishonorable it might be.
    Part Three (49% in)
  • But as time went on, he saw more and more distinctly that however natural the position now seemed to him, he would not long be allowed to remain in it.
    Part Four (81% in)
  • However happy you may be, you must regret your freedom.
    Part Five (6% in)
  • But, however sincerely Anna had meant to suffer, she was not suffering.
    Part Five (23% in)
  • But for Alexey Alexandrovitch it was a necessity to think in that way; it was such a necessity for him in his humiliation to have some elevated standpoint, however imaginary, from which, looked down upon by all, he could look down on others, that he clung, as to his one salvation, to his delusion of salvation.
    Part Five (67% in)
  • It was impossible to excuse a laborer who had gone home in the busy season because his father was dying, however sorry he might feel for him, and he must subtract from his pay those costly months of idleness.
    Part Eight (46% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in Anna Karenina.

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