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pensive
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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Definition
appearing deep in thought — typically looking sad or serious
  • But now Thou hast seen these "free" men,' the old man adds suddenly, with a pensive smile.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (55% in)
  • People who saw something pensive and sullen in his eyes were startled by his sudden laugh, which bore witness to mirthful and light-hearted thoughts at the very time when his eyes were so gloomy.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (58% in)
  • Look," said I, "at the horse, that great beast that is so near to man; or the lowly, pensive ox, which feeds him and works for him; look at their faces, what meekness, what devotion to man, who often beats them mercilessly.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (28% in)

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