from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Montesquieu Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu. Title of Charles de Secondat. 1689-1755. French philosopher and jurist. An outstanding figure of the early French Enlightenment, he wrote the influential Parisian Letters (1721), a veiled attack on the monarchy and the ancien régime, and The Spirit of the Laws (1748), a discourse on government.
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- n. French political philosopher who advocated the separation of executive and legislative and judicial powers (1689-1755)
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