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

  • Diogenes Died c. 320 B.C. Greek philosopher and founder of the Cynic school who advocated self-control and the pursuit of virtue through simple living. He is said to have once wandered through the streets of Athens with a lantern in daylight, searching for an honest man.

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  • proper n. A Greek philosopher (c.412-c.323 BC). The most famous of Cynic philosophers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Greek Cynic philosopher (412?-323 B. C.) who lived much in Athens and was distinguished for contempt of the common aims and conditions of life, and for sharp, caustic sayings.

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  • n. an ancient Greek philosopher and Cynic who rejected social conventions (circa 400-325 BC)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Διογένης (Diogenēs). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Someone call Diogenes, I found an honest man by ardee D. on Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 at 7: 20: 24 AM

    Open Letter to Howard Dean and the DNC

  • He's trying to remember all the terms Diogenes taught him.

    Mother Of Storms

  • Artist Robert Lenkiewicz carried out the final wishes of his friend Edwin McKenzie alias Diogenes when he died in 1984, and embalmed him as a "work of art."

    Keep Your Friends Close

  • He recalled Diogenes's curiosity about Constance, during the phone conversation in the vintage Jaguar, and he shivered.

    Dance Of Death

  • I recall Diogenes taking his older brother into another room and closing the door.

    Dance Of Death

  • After this we drove in silence awhile; that is to say Diogenes ambled along at his own leisurely gait, as if he very well knew that 'time was made for slaves'.

    Peregrine's Progress

  • "Your Diogenes was a blockhead," said Ivan Dmitritch morosely.

    The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories

  • His name was simple Smith, generally known as Diogenes Smith, from an eccentric habit which he had of making an easy chair of his hip bath.

    Tom Brown at Oxford

  • Oria also seemed very glad to see us, and the little fat child whom Arthur called Diogenes, because he had first seen him seated in a tub, put out his hands to welcome us, in no way alarmed at what must have appeared to him our extraordinary appearance.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

  • We learn of the man his contemporaries called Diogenes of Sinope or Diogenes the Cynic.

    Mac Uaid

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