from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Dionysius Known as "the Elder.” 430?-367 B.C. Tyrant of Syracuse (405-367) noted for his campaigns against the Carthaginians in Sicily. His son Dionysius (395?-343?), known as "the Younger,” succeeded him as tyrant in 367 and was exiled in 343 for his despotic rule.
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- proper n. A male given name; much more common in the form Dennis.
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- n. the tyrant of Syracuse who fought the Carthaginians (430-367 BC)
Derived from Dionysus or Dionysos from Ancient Greek mythology. (Wiktionary)