from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Anselm, Saint 1033-1109. Italian-born English theological philosopher and prelate best known for his ontological argument for the existence of God.

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  • proper n. A male given name; quite rare in English.

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  • n. an Italian who was a Benedictine monk; was archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109; one of the founders of scholasticism; best known for his proof of the existence of God


Proto-Germanic *ansuz (“god”) + helm ("helmet"). Name of an Archbishop of Canterbury, who was a Lombard by birth. (Wiktionary)



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