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cultivate
used in The Brothers Karamazov

8 uses
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Definition
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
  • I am not a cultivated man, brother, but I've thought a lot about this.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (23% in)
  • "I am not a cultivated man, and I don't even know how to address you properly, but you have been deceived and you have been too good-natured in letting us meet here.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (64% in)
  • Dear Alexey Fyodorovitch, you didn't know, but I must tell you, that we all, all—both her aunts, I and all of us, Lise, even—have been hoping and praying for nothing for the last month but that she may give up your favorite Dmitri, who takes no notice of her and does not care for her, and may marry Ivan Fyodorovitch—such an excellent and cultivated young man, who loves her more than anything in the world.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (64% in)
  • To all other types of humanity these torturers behave mildly and benevolently, like cultivated and humane Europeans; but they are very fond of tormenting children, even fond of children themselves in that sense.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (41% in)
  • This poor child of five was subjected to every possible torture by those cultivated parents.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (41% in)
  • In the cultivated world the word is nowadays pronounced by some people with a jeer, and by others it is used as a term of abuse, and this contempt for the monk is growing.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (71% in)
  • Mitya positively laughed at her, and had once said about her that she was just as lively and at her ease as she was uncultivated.
    Book 8 — Mitya (25% in)
  • And as ill-luck would have it, to set things right, I began telling a very cultivated anecdote about Piron, how he was not accepted into the French Academy, and to revenge himself wrote his own epitaph: Ci-git Piron qui ne fut rien, Pas meme academicien.
    Book 8 — Mitya (76% in)

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