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

  • Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne 1627-1704. French prelate and historian noted for his funereal orations and a philosophical treatise on history.


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  • As an orator he was not infrequently called the Bossuet of Switzerland.

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  • Father Goyer, of the Recollets, delivered a eulogy which in fervour recalls Bossuet's funeral orations over members of the royal family.

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  • Well has Burke been called the Bossuet of politics.


  • Evêché itself; but the acmé of quiet and solitude was only to be found in the avenue of yews, called Bossuet's Walk.

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  • And we will add, moreover, that as the Dauphin never reigned, no one can really say how much he did, or did not, profit by a preceptor such as Bossuet was.

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  • The more famous Gallicans, such as Bossuet, Dupin, Richer, and later ones as Cardinal de la Luzerne and (at the time of the Vatican

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  • Roman Catholic expositors, such as Bossuet and Ribera, tempted to this interpretation by their zeal for the worshipping of Angels; but others with no such temptations, as Beza, Hammond, Mede (in a sermon on Zech. iv.

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  • Aquinas was to give much the same translation of it when he said that the soul is in the world continens magis quam contenta — containing it rather than contained by it — and it found fresh utterance through the lips of Bossuet.

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  • She affirms that Bossuet, with his famed, mighty theological intellect, was a complete ignoramus as far the Church's mystic tradition was concerned: it appeared that he had never read a word of Saint François de Sales or even of the great mystic theologian, Saint John of the Cross.

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  • As for Saint John of the Cross, a rapid check reveals that Bossuet cites him frequently -- and always approvingly -- in his "Instruction sur les états d'oraison" (Book VII) and in his Latin treatise "Mystici in tuto."

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