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naive
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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Definition
lacking experience or sophistication, and the understanding that comes from them — often too trusting or optimistic
  • "Ah, you've caught up yesterday's phrase, which so offended Miuesov—and which Dmitri pounced upon so naively, and paraphrased!" he smiled queerly.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (74% in)
  • As a general rule, people, even the wicked, are much more naive and simple-hearted than we suppose.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (11% in)
  • But he was fond of people: he seemed throughout his life to put implicit trust in people: yet no one ever looked on him as a simpleton or naive person.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (46% in)
  • "She's perhaps too naive," thought Katerina Ivanovna, with a gleam of hope.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (88% in)
  • "No, no, I'm coming to look on, too," exclaimed Kalganov, brushing aside in the most naive way Grushenka's offer to sit with him.
    Book 8 — Mitya (90% in)
  • These Sunday markets were naively called "fairs" in the town, and there were many such fairs in the year.
    Book 10 — The Boys (26% in)
  • That may be, they may stand aside, respectfully or no, but in my poor opinion the great writer ended his book in this way either in an access of childish and naive optimism, or simply in fear of the censorship of the day.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (40% in)

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