from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Abelard, Peter or Pierre 1079-1142. French theologian, philosopher, and composer whose nominalist application of the principles of ancient Greek logic to the doctrines of the medieval Catholic Church led to charges of heresy. He had a love affair with his pupil Héloise, whom he secretly married after she bore him a child; her family was angered and had him castrated, after which he became a monk.
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- proper n. A male given name.
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- n. French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
An extension of the French name Abel with an Germanic suffix -(h)ard. The name is also regard as a variant of Germanic Eberhard "boar" + "hard", cognate to English Everett. (Wiktionary)