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used in The Brothers Karamazov

2 meanings, 82 uses
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1  —12 uses as in:
depart directly
Definition
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • "I'll go and tell him you will come directly."
    Epilogue (23% in)
directly = immediately
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I'll be back directly, but I have a great, great sorrow!"
    Book 4 — Lacerations (66% in)
  • directly = in a short time
  • "I'll be back directly, I have forgotten my purse."
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (37% in)
  • directly = in a short time
  • "Misha," he turned to the boy as he came in, "look here, run to Plotnikov's and tell them that Dmitri Fyodorovitch sends his greetings, and will be there directly....
    Book 8 — Mitya (45% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Misha ran in, post-haste, with a handful of notes in change, and reported that every one was in a bustle at the Plotnikovs'; "They're carrying down the bottles, and the fish, and the tea; it will all be ready directly."
    Book 8 — Mitya (50% in)
  • directly = in a short time
  • "They'll give us a bottle here directly.
    Book 8 — Mitya (53% in)
  • directly = immediately; or in a short time
  • They'll get the horses out directly, and then—good-by, panie!"
    Book 8 — Mitya (81% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • We'll finish this off directly, finish it off gayly.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (29% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • My foot began to swell directly after he pressed my hand like that.
    Book 11 — Ivan (14% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • He'll be here directly.
    Book 11 — Ivan (37% in)
  • directly = immediately; or in a short time
  • "Why, after your parent's death there was at least forty thousand to come to each of you, and very likely more, but if Fyodor Pavlovitch got married then to that lady, Agrafena Alexandrovna, she would have had all his capital made over to her directly after the wedding, for she's plenty of sense, so that your parent would not have left you two roubles between the three of you.
    Book 11 — Ivan (56% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • I remember that the letter was read aloud by the clerk, directly afterwards, I believe.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (34% in)
directly = immediately
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Brothers Karamazov.

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2  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • What would become of him if the Church punished him with her excommunication as the direct consequence of the secular law?
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (53% in)
direct = straightforward (uncomplicated)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Writing to Fyodor Pavlovitch, and discerning at once that he could extract nothing from him for his children's education (though the latter never directly refused but only procrastinated as he always did in such cases, and was, indeed, at times effusively sentimental), Yefim Petrovitch took a personal interest in the orphans.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (31% in)
  • directly = in a straightforward manner
  • Father Paissy asked directly, without beating about the bush.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (58% in)
  • directly = in a straightforward manner
  • Because he was not an habitual thief and had never directly stolen anything before, for he is a gentleman born, and if he did bring himself to steal, it would not be regular stealing, but simply taking what was his own, for he'd told the whole town he meant to before, and had even bragged aloud before every one that he'd go and take his property from Fyodor Pavlovitch.
    Book 11 — Ivan (73% in)
directly = in a straightforward manner
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Brothers Karamazov.

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?  —66 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Does all that exist of itself, or is it only an emanation of myself, a logical development of my ego which alone has existed for ever: but I make haste to stop, for I believe you will be jumping up to beat me directly.
    Book 11 — Ivan (86% in)
  • He made the latter's acquaintance for the first time, and told him directly that he wished to undertake the child's education.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (15% in)
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch was all his life fond of acting, of suddenly playing an unexpected part, sometimes without any motive for doing so, and even to his own direct disadvantage, as, for instance, in the present case.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (16% in)
  • So that the gift of making himself loved directly and unconsciously was inherent in him, in his very nature, so to speak.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (49% in)
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch seems to have been the first to suggest, apparently in joke, that they should all meet in Father Zossima's cell, and that, without appealing to his direct intervention, they might more decently come to an understanding under the conciliating influence of the elder's presence.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (96% in)
  • I maintain, on the contrary, that the Church ought to include the whole State, and not simply to occupy a corner in it, and, if this is, for some reason, impossible at present, then it ought, in reality, to be set up as the direct and chief aim of the future development of Christian society!
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (46% in)
  • But as soon as the author ventures to declare that the foundations which he predicates now, part of which Father Iosif just enumerated, are the permanent, essential, and eternal foundations, he is going directly against the Church and its sacred and eternal vocation.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (49% in)
  • I've not exactly thought it," muttered Alyosha, "but directly you began speaking so strangely, I fancied I had thought of it myself."
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (77% in)
  • Are you a human being?" he said, addressing the boy directly.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (47% in)
  • You believe it's miraculous, but here, I'll spit on it directly and nothing will happen to me for it!
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (67% in)
  • This time her face was beaming with spontaneous good-natured kindliness, and direct warm-hearted sincerity.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (78% in)
  • I want you to tell me most directly, plainly, coarsely even (oh, as coarsely as you like!
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (79% in)
  • The monk from Obdorsk, having been directed to the apiary by the beekeeper, who was also a very silent and surly monk, went to the corner where Father Ferapont's cell stood.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (9% in)
  • But I knew you'd come poking in directly."
    Book 4 — Lacerations (20% in)
  • It must be changed directly, for it will get warm in a minute.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (41% in)
  • Our historical pastime is the direct satisfaction of inflicting pain.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (39% in)
  • With my pitiful, earthly, Euclidian understanding, all I know is that there is suffering and that there are none guilty; that cause follows effect, simply and directly; that everything flows and finds its level—but that's only Euclidian nonsense, I know that, and I can't consent to live by it!
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (44% in)
  • What comfort is it to me that there are none guilty and that cause follows effect simply and directly, and that I know it?
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (44% in)
  • Smerdyakov was always inquiring, putting certain indirect but obviously premeditated questions, but what his object was he did not explain, and usually at the most important moment he would break off and relapse into silence or pass to another subject.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (79% in)
  • Here Fyodor Pavlovitch will get up directly and begin worrying me every minute, 'Has she come?
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (81% in)
  • Meeting Fyodor Pavlovitch in the drawing-room directly he went in, he shouted to him, waving his hands, "I am going upstairs to my room, not in to you.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (90% in)
  • Perhaps he liked my not showing curiosity about his secret, not seeking to discover it by direct question nor by insinuation.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (51% in)
  • Sometimes he would fix a long piercing look upon me, and I thought, "He will say something directly now."
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (52% in)
  • Everything was simple and good-natured, her gestures were rapid, direct, confiding, but she was greatly excited.
    Book 7 — Alyosha (58% in)
  • I would, I would, I could do it directly, only don't exasperate me .... and I'll send him about his business, I'll snap my fingers in his face, he shall never see me again!"
    Book 7 — Alyosha (82% in)
  • All this may have arisen indirectly and unconsciously from the secret stings of his conscience for the money of Katerina Ivanovna that he had dishonestly appropriated.
    Book 8 — Mitya (3% in)
  • "I've been a scoundrel to one of them, and I shall be a scoundrel again to the other directly," was his feeling then, as he explained after: "and when Grushenka knows, she won't care for such a scoundrel."
    Book 8 — Mitya (4% in)
  • There was no need to go there .... not the slightest need .... he must raise no alarm .... they would run and tell directly....
    Book 8 — Mitya (34% in)
  • I'll open it directly."
    Book 8 — Mitya (37% in)
  • Dmitri Fyodorovitch, darling, I'll tell you everything directly, I won't hide anything," gabbled Fenya, frightened to death; "she's gone to Mokroe, to her officer."
    Book 8 — Mitya (41% in)
  • I'm ready to bless God and His creation directly, but ....
    Book 8 — Mitya (54% in)
  • The most direct and the easiest thing for him to do would have been to go straight to Fyodor Pavlovitch's, to find out whether anything had happened there, and if so, what; and only to go to the police captain, as Pyotr Ilyitch firmly intended doing, when he had satisfied himself of the fact.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (2% in)
  • She arrived only five minutes before Pyotr Ilyitch, so that his story came, not as his own surmise and theory, but as the direct confirmation, by a witness, of the theory held by all, as to the identity of the criminal (a theory he had in the bottom of his heart refused to believe till that moment).
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (16% in)
  • Oh, gentlemen, I feel like a new man, and don't be offended at my addressing you so simply and directly.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (23% in)
  • ... I will prove you that and you'll be convinced directly....
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (24% in)
  • I shall have done with all this directly, and as soon as I'm free, I'll be with her, she'll see, let her wait.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (29% in)
  • To Nikolay Parfenovitch's direct question, had he noticed how much money Dmitri Fyodorovitch held in his hand, as he must have been able to see the sum better than any one when he took the note from him, Maximov, in the most positive manner, declared that there was twenty thousand.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (88% in)
  • Her grave air, her direct earnest look and quiet manner made a very favorable impression on every one.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (89% in)
  • There were reasons which you shall know directly.
    Book 10 — The Boys (38% in)
  • "I'll show you something directly, Karamazov; it's a theatrical performance, too," he said, laughing nervously.
    Book 10 — The Boys (49% in)
  • I found him directly.
    Book 10 — The Boys (62% in)
  • And it did not take us long to arrange: he stood at the bridle without being noticed, and I stood on one side to direct the goose.
    Book 10 — The Boys (72% in)
  • Yes, I believe it was because I was so pleased .... though it's perfectly disgraceful for any one to be gushing directly they are pleased, I know that.
    Book 10 — The Boys (90% in)
  • Since I've said so much I'll tell the whole truth—he's been to see him twice, the first directly he arrived.
    Book 11 — Ivan (7% in)
  • "I'll show you directly.
    Book 11 — Ivan (11% in)
  • It was brief, and Madame Hohlakov was not directly mentioned in it.
    Book 11 — Ivan (12% in)
  • I sent for Lise directly.
    Book 11 — Ivan (18% in)
  • You will show your love for humanity more simply and directly by that, than by philosophy.'
    Book 11 — Ivan (33% in)
  • Nothing will make her forgive you simply and directly, she'll humble you to the dust, bring forward things that have never happened, recall everything, forget nothing, add something of her own, and only then forgive you.
    Book 11 — Ivan (34% in)
  • So I went down into the cellar thinking, 'Here, it'll come on directly, it'll strike me down directly, shall I fall?'
    Book 11 — Ivan (47% in)
  • So I went down into the cellar thinking, 'Here, it'll come on directly, it'll strike me down directly, shall I fall?'
    Book 11 — Ivan (47% in)
  • You might have said it more directly, you blockhead!
    Book 11 — Ivan (48% in)
  • How could I have said it more directly then?
    Book 11 — Ivan (48% in)
  • My brother directly accuses you of the murder and theft.
    Book 11 — Ivan (50% in)
  • Ivan said this in a perfect fury, giving him to understand with obvious intention that he scorned any subterfuge or indirectness and meant to show his cards.
    Book 11 — Ivan (55% in)
  • This is murmuring against Providence, who even in this has not forgotten you, for if you repine as you repined just now, declaring you'd be glad to have your nose pulled for the rest of your life, your desire has already been fulfilled indirectly, for when you lost your nose, you were led by the nose.'
    Book 11 — Ivan (90% in)
  • When he was asked to explain how it was apparent now at this moment, the old doctor, with simple-hearted directness, pointed out that the prisoner on entering the court had "an extraordinary air, remarkable in the circumstances"; that he had "marched in like a soldier, looking straight before him, though it would have been more natural for him to look to the left where, among the public, the ladies were sitting, seeing that he was a great admirer of the fair sex and must be thinking...
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (16% in)
  • But the chief sensation in Mitya's favor was created by the evidence of Katerina Ivanovna, which I will describe directly.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (20% in)
  • "He did not tell me so directly," answered Alyosha.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (20% in)
  • Did he indirectly?
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (21% in)
  • The President reminded her, though very politely, that she must answer the questions directly, without going off into irrelevant details.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (27% in)
  • It was he killed his father, you will see that directly.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (32% in)
  • All this was only introductory, however, and the speech passed to more direct consideration of the case.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (43% in)
  • And though that was not true, as we shall prove directly, it shows the idea was a familiar one to Karamazov, he had contemplated it.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (63% in)
  • He began very simply and directly, with an air of conviction, but not the slightest trace of conceit.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (70% in)
  • I ought to formulate that peculiarity only at the end of my speech, but I will do so at the very beginning, for it is my weakness to go to work directly, not keeping my effects in reserve and economizing my material.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (71% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" in The Brothers Karamazov.

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