from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • French philosopher and jurist. An outstanding figure of the early French Enlightenment, he wrote the influential Persian 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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  • noun French political philosopher who advocated the separation of executive and legislative and judicial powers (1689-1755)


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