from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Vitsyebsk.

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  • proper n. A city in Belarus.


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  • I remember the days in Vitebsk when I used to watch my cousin Hirshel start for school in the morning, every thread of his student's uniform, every worn copybook in his satchel, glorified in my envious eyes.

    The Promised Land

  • My uncle, when he returned after a short absence, had stories to tell and adventures to describe; and I learned that one might travel considerably and see things unknown even in Vitebsk, without going as far as

    The Promised Land

  • Perhaps I had spent my time in Vitebsk to better advantage than at the milliner's, from any point of view.

    The Promised Land

  • We remained in Vitebsk several days, and I saw many wonderful things, but what gave me my one great surprise was something that was n't new at all.

    The Promised Land

  • So are his wistful images of Eastern European Jewish culture, seemingly dredged from memories of his early life in Russian Vitebsk.

    Beyond Fragile Fantasies

  • The artist Ilya Repin called Vitebsk "the Russian Toledo" because, like El Greco's city, its tumbling silhouette was characterized by a mix of Christian and Jewish spires, towers, and domes, dating back to the twelfth-century Church of the Annunciation.


  • It seemed there was a place called Vitebsk, and one called Vilna, and Riga, and some others.

    The Promised Land

  • In 1915, back home in Vitebsk, the Rosenfelds succumbed to his arguments that he would make Bella a good husband.

    Elizabeth Abbott: Eternal Happiness In A Wedding Dress

  • We chart his optimism on returning to postrevolutionary Petrograd in 1915 to propose a mural project, and then on to Vitebsk to found a forward-looking art school.

    Beyond Fragile Fantasies

  • We are reminded that when he arrived in the city, far from being an untutored talent, he had already studied in Vitebsk with a well-known portrait painter.

    Beyond Fragile Fantasies


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