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  • n. A medieval Russian heroic warrior, akin to Western European knight-errant.


From Russian богатырь (bogatýr’), from a Turkic language, probably Khazar. Compare Turkish bahadır, Mongolian баатар (baatar), Tatar баһадир (bahadir). (Wiktionary)


  • In them the Russian heroes are called bogatyr, a name that some believe to be derived from Bog (God), as if they were demigods; others believe that the term is derived from Tatar or Mongolian; and yet others from the Sanskrit (bhaga, force, happiness).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • This is the maliciousness of a "bogatyr" [a hero in Russian legend, brave but wild and self-willed, like a child]: Vaska Buslayev played just such pranks in his youth, mischievous fellow.

    Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

  • He is certainly too rational and sensible to believe in miracles, but on the other hand he is a bogatyr, an explorer; and, like a young recruit, wild and headstrong from fear, and despair in fact, of the unknown barrack.

    Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

  • Speaking over the din, Putin praised Emelianenko as a "real Russian bogatyr," a term for a medieval warrior.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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