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Was Dostoevsky really the godfather of the word ‘to efface himself’?

Dushenko K.V.


Dostoevsky’s testimony that he was the one who introduced the word ‘to efface himself’ in literature was repeatedly questioned. The article argues that up until the end of the 1850 s. the word was perceived by his contemporaries as an invention of Dostoevsky.


Vocabulary of the Russian language; F. Dostoevsky; V. Belinsky.

DOI: 10.31249/hoc/2019.04.04

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