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

  • Erasmus, Desiderius 1466?-1536. Dutch Renaissance scholar and Roman Catholic theologian who sought to revive classical texts from antiquity, restore simple Christian faith based on Scripture, and eradicate the improprieties of the medieval Church. His works include The Praise of Folly (1509) and On Free Will (1524), a challenge to Luther's views.

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  • proper n. Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch humanist and theologian.
  • proper n. A male given name, rare in English.

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  • n. Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)

Etymologies

Form Ancient Greek, ἐράσμιος (erasmios, "pleasant"); name of an early Christian martyr. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Still, all the important people and characters (except for Erasmus) get introduced, and even Erasmus is discussed.

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  • The protagonist, Erasmus, is from the Edharian order, who are, for lack of a better analogy, Platonist physicists.

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  • Thus the name Erasmus itself was a classicism of his father's name Gerhard, the German name Muth became Mutianus,

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  • Excerpts from Jeff: “The grass is always greener on the other side” (a very capitalistic and classically “American” saying, which actually has its origins in Erasmus’ 16th century Latin writings, admiring the fertile look of a neighbor’s corn!) ...

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  • Woods’ failure to even mention Desiderius Erasmus is particularly revealing, as the “Prince of Humanists” possessed one of the greatest minds in all of Catholic history, and used his mastery of ancient languages to produce a Greek New Testament that Protestants used as the basis for their vernacular translations.

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  • Bone had the task of upbraiding the Veni-yan general for the embarrassing affair with the assassin Erasmus.

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  • Most importantly, an entire post-cold war generation of students, called the Erasmus generation after the EU's exchange programme, is transcending the national identities their elders fought to establish, all for the sake of European stability.

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  • [3] Dewhurst Bilsborrow’s (dates unknown) poem appeared in Erasmus Darwin (1731 – 1802; DNB), Zoonomia; or, the Laws of Organic Life, 2 vols (London, 1794 – 1796), I, pp. [vii] – viii.

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  • It is probable that the great English scholar, Alcuin, who has been called the Erasmus of the eighth century, had already suggested to the great king that the weakness of the Eastern emperors was a real defeasance of power and that the crown imperial might be his own.

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