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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The last czar of Russia (1894–1917), whose reign was marked by defeat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905), the 1905 Revolution, the influence of Rasputin, involvement in World War I, and governmental incompetence, all of which helped precipitate the Revolution of 1917. After he was forced to abdicate, he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

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  • noun the last czar of Russia who was forced to abdicate in 1917 by the Russian Revolution; he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks (1868-1918)

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Examples

  • More than 500 works, including Imperial Easter Eggs, featuredPeople are fascinated by the objects created by Karl Fabergé, not just because they are beautiful and crafted from precious metals and jewels, but also because they are associated with the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family, who were murdered in 1918 by the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution.

    Fabergé Revealed at Virginia Museum

  • More than 500 works, including Imperial Easter Eggs, featuredPeople are fascinated by the objects created by Karl Fabergé, not just because they are beautiful and crafted from precious metals and jewels, but also because they are associated with the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family, who were murdered in 1918 by the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution.

    Fabergé Revealed at Virginia Museum

  • And a dead ringer for Russian Czar Nicholas II, a cousin of his grandfather.

    Prince Michael pays a visit to British School, gives royal thumbs-up

  • More than 500 works, including Imperial Easter Eggs, featuredPeople are fascinated by the objects created by Karl Fabergé, not just because they are beautiful and crafted from precious metals and jewels, but also because they are associated with the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family, who were murdered in 1918 by the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution.

    Fabergé Revealed at Virginia Museum

  • How does he know that Nicholas II rolled his R's charmingly?

    Czar-Crossed Writers

  • When he rejoined the RAF in a few weeks, the facial hair came off—long before he had the chance to shape it into the full beard for which kings Edward VII and George V not to mention their cousin Czar Nicholas II were famous.

    William and Kate

  • And a dead ringer for Russian Czar Nicholas II, a cousin of his grandfather.

    A lesson in U.K. royalty

  • There is a lovely example from 1924, of the pearl-draped niece of Czar Nicholas II.

    From the Shadows of Giants

  • When he rejoined the RAF in a few weeks, the facial hair came off—long before he had the chance to shape it into the full beard for which kings Edward VII and George V not to mention their cousin Czar Nicholas II were famous.

    William and Kate

  • When Alexander died in 1894, Witte found himself transformed from the championed counselor of a paternal czar-protector to the unwelcome mentor of an unprepared sovereign—Nicholas II—who bristled under the tutelage of his inherited advisers.

    A Statesman For the Czar

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