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betrothed
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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promised to marry; or the person who has promised to marry
  • He compromised the girl by his promise of marriage, now she is an orphan and here; she is betrothed to him, yet before her very eyes he is dancing attendance on a certain enchantress.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (65% in)
  • I thought," he said, in a soft and, as it were, controlled voice, "that I was coming to my native place with the angel of my heart, my betrothed, to cherish his old age, and I find nothing but a depraved profligate, a despicable clown!"
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (69% in)
  • And you, Dmitri Fyodorovitch, have abandoned your betrothed for that 'creature,' so you must yourself have thought that your betrothed couldn't hold a candle to her.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (69% in)
  • And you, Dmitri Fyodorovitch, have abandoned your betrothed for that 'creature,' so you must yourself have thought that your betrothed couldn't hold a candle to her.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (69% in)
  • Since he has openly abandoned his betrothed for her, he doesn't despise her.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (78% in)
  • He's trying to get Mitya's betrothed for himself, and I fancy he'll succeed, too.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (80% in)
  • For Mitya will surrender his betrothed to him to be rid of her, and escape to Grushenka.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (80% in)
  • Yes, ready to marry her! to abandon his betrothed, a rare beauty, Katerina Ivanovna, who's rich, and the daughter of a colonel, and to marry Grushenka, who has been the mistress of a dissolute old merchant, Samsonov, a coarse, uneducated, provincial mayor.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (81% in)
  • For I know as a fact that Mitya only last week, when he was with some gypsy girls drunk in a tavern, cried out aloud that he was unworthy of his betrothed, Katya, but that his brother Ivan, he was the man who deserved her.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (82% in)
  • Tell me, you were betrothed, you are betrothed still?
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (34% in)
  • Tell me, you were betrothed, you are betrothed still?
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (34% in)
  • "We weren't betrothed at once, not for three months after that adventure.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (34% in)
  • To a monster who, though he is betrothed and all eyes are fixed on him, can't restrain his debaucheries—and before the very eyes of his betrothed!
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (37% in)
  • To a monster who, though he is betrothed and all eyes are fixed on him, can't restrain his debaucheries—and before the very eyes of his betrothed!
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (37% in)
  • "There's one thing you haven't made clear yet: you are still betrothed all the same, aren't you?
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (38% in)
  • How can you break off the engagement if she, your betrothed, doesn't want to?"
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (38% in)
  • Yes, formally and solemnly betrothed.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (38% in)
  • Can a betrothed man pay such visits?
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (38% in)
  • Is such a thing possible and with such a betrothed, and before the eyes of all the world?
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (38% in)
  • As soon as I began visiting Grushenka, I ceased to be betrothed, and to be an honest man.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (38% in)
  • He expressed this thought almost plainly to Dmitri when, after the visit, his brother besought and insisted that he should not conceal his impressions on seeing his betrothed.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (78% in)
  • Let him forget me as his betrothed.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (81% in)
  • "He is doing his utmost to carry off Mitya's betrothed.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (21% in)
  • Besides if Mitya marries Grushenka, Ivan will carry off his rich betrothed, that's what he's reckoning on!
    Book 4 — Lacerations (23% in)
  • Is that betrothed of his, Katerina Ivanovna, whom he has kept so carefully hidden from me all this time, going to marry him or not?
    Book 4 — Lacerations (26% in)
  • You see it's not by way of compensation to prevent him from taking proceedings (for I believe he meant to), but simply a token of sympathy, of a desire to assist him from me, Dmitri Fyodorovitch's betrothed, not from himself....
    Book 4 — Lacerations (63% in)
  • That same brother of mine, Dmitri, has insulted his betrothed, too, a noble-hearted girl of whom you have probably heard.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (92% in)
  • The worst of it all was that, as I learned then, the young landowner had been a long while betrothed to her, and I had met him indeed many times in her house, but blinded by my conceit I had noticed nothing.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (32% in)
  • Then he brought out and laid on the table all the things he had been keeping for fourteen years, that he thought would prove his crime, the jewels belonging to the murdered woman which he had stolen to divert suspicion, a cross and a locket taken from her neck with a portrait of her betrothed in the locket, her notebook and two letters; one from her betrothed, telling her that he would soon be with her, and her unfinished answer left on the table to be sent off next day.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (66% in)
  • Then he brought out and laid on the table all the things he had been keeping for fourteen years, that he thought would prove his crime, the jewels belonging to the murdered woman which he had stolen to divert suspicion, a cross and a locket taken from her neck with a portrait of her betrothed in the locket, her notebook and two letters; one from her betrothed, telling her that he would soon be with her, and her unfinished answer left on the table to be sent off next day.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (66% in)
  • Gentlemen, she is my betrothed!" he said ecstatically and reverently, looking round at them all.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (22% in)
  • You see, a month ago, I was sent for by Katerina Ivanovna, formerly my betrothed.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (67% in)
  • It seemed strange to Alyosha, too, that in spite of the calamity that had overtaken the poor girl, betrothed to a man who had been arrested for a terrible crime, almost at the instant of their betrothal, in spite of her illness and the almost inevitable sentence hanging over Mitya, Grushenka had not yet lost her youthful cheerfulness.
    Book 11 — Ivan (1% in)
  • It seemed strange to Alyosha, too, that in spite of the calamity that had overtaken the poor girl, betrothed to a man who had been arrested for a terrible crime, almost at the instant of their betrothal, in spite of her illness and the almost inevitable sentence hanging over Mitya, Grushenka had not yet lost her youthful cheerfulness.
    Book 11 — Ivan (1% in)
  • It was supposed afterwards that he had come to stay with them as Marya Kondratyevna's betrothed, and was living there for a time without paying for board or lodging.
    Book 11 — Ivan (53% in)
  • But in answer to one of the first questions Katerina Ivanovna replied firmly that she had been formerly betrothed to the prisoner, "until he left me of his own accord...." she added quietly.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (24% in)
  • He, he, the girl's betrothed, looked at her with that smile of mockery, which was more insufferable from him than from any one.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (44% in)
  • While I have that money on me, he said, I am a scoundrel, not a thief, for I can always go to my insulted betrothed, and, laying down half the sum I have fraudulently appropriated, I can always say to her, 'You see, I've squandered half your money, and shown I am a weak and immoral man, and, if you like, a scoundrel' (I use the prisoner's own expressions), 'but though I am a scoundrel, I am not a thief, for if I had been a thief, I shouldn't have brought you back this half of the...
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (45% in)
  • "The talented young man, to whom I have referred already, Mr. Rakitin, characterized this heroine in brief and impressive terms: 'She was disillusioned early in life, deceived and ruined by a betrothed, who seduced and abandoned her.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (47% in)
  • After a month of hopeless love and moral degradation, during which he betrayed his betrothed and appropriated money entrusted to his honor, the prisoner was driven almost to frenzy, almost to madness by continual jealousy—and of whom?
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (48% in)
  • A man of weak will, who had brought himself to take the three thousand so insultingly offered by his betrothed, could not, we are told, have set aside half and sewn it up, but would, even if he had done so, have unpicked it every two days and taken out a hundred, and so would have spent it all in a month.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (76% in)
  • I shall be told, perhaps, there are witnesses that he spent on one day all that three thousand given him by his betrothed a month before the catastrophe, so he could not have divided the sum in half.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (77% in)

There are no more uses of "betrothed" in The Brothers Karamazov.

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