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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)

Etymologies

From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert + the patronymic suffix -s. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Think carefully if you are considering heading to this corner of Wiltshire? the market town that gave us philosopher Thomas Hobbes is aiming to become Britain's capital of thought

    Malmesbury bids to become UK's first 'philosophy town'

  • Any parent that raises his kid on Calvin and Hobbes is worthy.

    calvin faces | My[confined]Space

  • The events of his life slide off his psyche as if they never occurred; once Hobbes is returned, the stolen TV replaced, or the Snow Goons frozen, the crisis is over, Calvin forgets, and nothing changes.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • I agree Hobbes is looking damn prescient about now, but I doubt that anyone who cited him as a credible source pre-Iraq would have been taken seriously.

    Matthew Yglesias » Think of the Children

  • Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time.

    The Complete Calvin & Hobbes Now Available For Pre-Order | Kung Fu Rodeo

  • Hobbes is just one of many famous philosophers Berlin castigated in his lecture, but it is Hobbes's bleak and elemental philosophy that most conveniently sums up what Berlin and other moralists so revile.

    Was Democracy Just a Moment?

  • This Hobbes is a self-proclaimed coward and he’s a thorough scoundrel as well, but he’s an interesting — and cheeky — character.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2008 » September

  • Consider Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, which seeks to deflate Hobbes’ arguments in Leviathan, but rather than a series of chapters beginning “Hobbes say ....” and “Hobbes is wrong because ....” like some Junior High English paper, he hopes to demonstrate their invalidity by from first principles.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Anti-Mankiw!

  • Tony Mott had called Hobbes, with whom the Computer Crimes Unit had often worked in the past, and asked him to come into the office.

    Forgetfulness

  • Many people have called Hobbes an atheist, both during his lifetime and more recently.

    Thomas Hobbes

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  • From Bill Watterson's comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

    January 30, 2010