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

  • Arminius 17? B.C.-A.D. 21. German hero who led the defeat of three legions of Romans in the Teutoburger Wald (A.D. 9), thereby liberating the Germans from Roman rule.
  • Arminius, Jacobus 1560-1609. Dutch theologian and founder of Arminianism, which opposed the absolute predestinarianism of John Calvin and was influential throughout Europe.

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  • proper n. A chieftain of the Cherusci (an ancient Germanic tribe) who defeated the Romans in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.
  • proper n. Jacobus Arminius, Dutch theologian and founder of Arminianism.

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  • n. German hero; leader at the battle of Teutoburger Wald in AD 9 (circa 18 BC - AD 19)
  • n. Dutch Protestant theologian who founded Arminianism which opposed the absolute predestinarianism of John Calvin (1559-1609)


From Latin Arminius, probably from Proto-Germanic *erminaz, but has been associated, at least since the 16th century, with the name Herman, German Hermann. (Wiktionary)


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  • One of the pupils, Count zur Lippe, whose name was Hermann, was called "Arminius," in memory of the conqueror of Varus.

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  • Though we probably should allow them an army; it just dawned to me that most successful historical leaders have won because of their skills as generals, not because they personally kicked ass (though some, like Arminius and Attila were no mean fighters themselves).

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  • Arminius, a prince of the Cherusci, is playing a deadly game.

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  • And we also spend time with Arminius, who is building resentment against the Romans and trying to find strategies to organize his people and defeat a tactically and strategically superior force.

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  • The other character is Arminius, a Roman Citizen and member of the Equestrian Order (which is just below the Senate and is very prominent, in Roman culture).

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