from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Erasmus, Desiderius 1466?-1536. Dutch Renaissance scholar and Roman Catholic theologian who sought to revive classical texts from antiquity, restore simple Christian faith based on Scripture, and eradicate the improprieties of the medieval Church. His works include The Praise of Folly (1509) and On Free Will (1524), a challenge to Luther's views.
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- proper n. Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch humanist and theologian.
- proper n. A male given name, rare in English.
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- n. Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
Form Ancient Greek, ἐράσμιος (erasmios, "pleasant"); name of an early Christian martyr. (Wiktionary)