from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Hobbes, Thomas 1588-1679. English philosopher and political theorist best known for his book Leviathan (1651), in which he argues that the only way to secure civil society is through universal submission to the absolute authority of a sovereign.
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- proper n. A patronymic surname.
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- n. English materialist and political philosopher who advocated absolute sovereignty as the only kind of government that could resolve problems caused by the selfishness of human beings (1588-1679)
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert + the patronymic suffix -s. (Wiktionary)