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principle
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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Definition
a basic rule or belief
The exact meaning of principle can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "our guiding principles" — basic moral beliefs that guide decisions and behavior
  • "electromagnetic principles" — rules describing how the world works
  • "She lacks principles." — lacks moral guidelines
  • "We agree in principle." — about important basic beliefs
  • But Rome as a State retained too much of the pagan civilization and culture, as, for example, in the very objects and fundamental principles of the State.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (48% in)
  • I start from the position that this confusion of elements, that is, of the essential principles of Church and State, will, of course, go on for ever, in spite of the fact that it is impossible for them to mingle, and that the confusion of these elements cannot lead to any consistent or even normal results, for there is falsity at the very foundation of it.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (46% in)
  • The Christian Church entering into the State could, of course, surrender no part of its fundamental principles—the rock on which it stands—and could pursue no other aims than those which have been ordained and revealed by God Himself, and among them that of drawing the whole world, and therefore the ancient pagan State itself, into the Church.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (48% in)
  • What made it worse was that I felt that 'Katenka' was not an innocent boarding-school miss, but a person of character, proud and really high-principled; above all, she had education and intellect, and I had neither.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (28% in)
  • He had not even formed a definite idea of the fundamental principles of the reforms connected with the emancipation of the serfs, and only picked it up, so to speak, from year to year, involuntarily increasing his knowledge by practice.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (10% in)
  • Not because I couldn't, or because I shouldn't dare, or because it would be damaging, for it's all a paltry matter and absolutely trifling, but—I won't, because it's a matter of principle: that's my private life, and I won't allow any intrusion into my private life.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (35% in)
  • That's my principle.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (35% in)
  • 'This is against my principles!' he said.
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • 'I won't go, I refuse on principle!'
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • But as, owing to man's inveterate stupidity, this cannot come about for at least a thousand years, every one who recognizes the truth even now may legitimately order his life as he pleases, on the new principles.
    Book 11 — Ivan (94% in)
  • 'No matter if they disbelieve you, you are going for the sake of principle.
    Book 11 — Ivan (99% in)
  • Is it that our moral principles are shattered to their foundations, or is it, perhaps, a complete lack of such principles among us?
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (38% in)
  • Is it that our moral principles are shattered to their foundations, or is it, perhaps, a complete lack of such principles among us?
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (38% in)
  • While his brothers seem to stand for 'Europeanism' and 'the principles of the people,' he seems to represent Russia as she is.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (43% in)
  • Remember that you are the champions of our justice, the champions of our holy Russia, of her principles, her family, everything that she holds sacred!
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (68% in)
  • I will not touch on it either, but will only venture to observe that if a lofty and high-principled person, such as that highly respected young lady unquestionably is, if such a person, I say, allows herself suddenly in court to contradict her first statement, with the obvious motive of ruining the prisoner, it is clear that this evidence has been given not impartially, not coolly.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (77% in)
  • That unhappy man, that hero of honor and principle—not he, not Dmitri Fyodorovitch, but the man lying the other side of that door, who has sacrificed himself for his brother," Katya added, with flashing eyes—"told me the whole plan of escape long ago.
    Epilogue (4% in)

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