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

  • Bruno, Giordano 1548?-1600. Italian philosopher who used Copernican principles in formulating his cosmic theory of an infinite universe. Condemned by the Inquisition for heresy, immoral conduct, and blasphemy, he was burned at the stake.

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  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A name for the bear.

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  • n. German pope from 1049 to 1054 whose papacy was the beginning of papal reforms in the 11th century (1002-1054)
  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101)
  • n. Italian philosopher who used Copernican principles to develop a pantheistic monistic philosophy; condemned for heresy by the Inquisition and burned at the stake (1548-1600)

Etymologies

From Italian, German etc continental European Bruno, name of medieval Italian and German saints and royalty, Latinized form of Old High German brūn ("brown"). The surname is mostly borrowed from Italian Bruno. (Wiktionary)

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