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persist
used in The Brothers Karamazov

28 uses
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Definition
to continue — often despite difficulty
  • But Fyodor Pavlovitch persisted in stopping him at the door of the cell.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (20% in)
  • Such memories may persist, as every one knows, from an even earlier age, even from two years old, but scarcely standing out through a whole lifetime like spots of light out of darkness, like a corner torn out of a huge picture, which has all faded and disappeared except that fragment.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (44% in)
  • She does not excommunicate him but simply persists in motherly exhortation of him.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (53% in)
  • But this captain, this agent of yours, went to that lady whom you call an enchantress, and suggested to her from you, that she should take I.O.U.'s of mine which were in your possession, and should sue me for the money so as to get me into prison by means of them, if I persisted in claiming an account from you of my property.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (67% in)
  • But rumor pointed straight at Fyodor Pavlovitch, and persisted in pointing at him.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (11% in)
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch did not object to any of this, and thought it amusing, though he persisted vigorously in denying his responsibility.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (12% in)
  • The old man persisted.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (64% in)
  • "Though you assure him you are sorry to lose a friend in him, you persist in telling him to his face that it's fortunate he is going," said Alyosha breathlessly.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (57% in)
  • Dmitri Fyodorovitch kept persisting every day, 'You are deceiving me, you are hiding something from me!
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (85% in)
  • But when that was of no use, he advised him, while persisting in prayer and fasting, to take a special medicine.
    Book 7 — Alyosha (25% in)
  • —yet to the very end he persisted in hoping that he would get that three thousand, that the money would somehow come to him of itself, as though it might drop from heaven.
    Book 8 — Mitya (5% in)
  • But Mitya persisted and sent his name up again.
    Book 8 — Mitya (7% in)
  • Pyotr Ilyitch persisted in returning to this point, and though he found out nothing conclusive, yet he carried away a conviction that Dmitri Fyodorovitch could have gone nowhere but to his father's house, and that therefore something must have happened there.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (1% in)
  • Mitya persisted, like a peevish child.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (61% in)
  • Mitya persisted stupidly, "why are its little arms bare?
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (93% in)
  • Why?" foolish Mitya still persisted.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (93% in)
  • The peasant persisted and besought them to wait.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (98% in)
  • "No, I don't want it to belong to both of us, I want it to be mine altogether, not Ilusha's," persisted mamma, on the point of tears.
    Book 10 — The Boys (68% in)
  • "And Grigory—Grigory Vassilyevitch—sticks to his story that the door was open, persists that he saw it—there's no shaking him.
    Book 11 — Ivan (6% in)
  • They gave him to understand that the attack was an exceptional one, the fits persisting and recurring several times, so that the patient's life was positively in danger, and it was only now, after they had applied remedies, that they could assert with confidence that the patient would survive.
    Book 11 — Ivan (45% in)
  • Alyosha persisted that Dmitri was not the murderer, and that "in all probability" Smerdyakov was.
    Book 11 — Ivan (51% in)
  • By the way, I am listening to you and am rather surprised to find you are actually beginning to take me for something real, not simply your fancy, as you persisted in declaring last time—
    Book 11 — Ivan (80% in)
  • I see you persist in expecting something big of me, and perhaps something fine.
    Book 11 — Ivan (84% in)
  • In reply to the prosecutor's question what grounds he had for asserting that Fyodor Pavlovitch had wronged his son in their money relations, Grigory, to the surprise of every one, had no proof at all to bring forward, but he still persisted that the arrangement with the son was "unfair," and that he ought "to have paid him several thousand roubles more."
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (8% in)
  • "Do you know for a fact," Fetyukovitch persisted, "whether you were awake or not when you saw the open door?"
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (10% in)
  • Smerdyakov never hinted at their complicity, though the actual murderer persisted in accusing him and declaring that he had committed the crime alone.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (57% in)
  • Just because the prisoner still persists in these absurdities to this moment.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (67% in)
  • But now justice cries out and we persist, we cannot repudiate anything.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (67% in)

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