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

  • Lucian fl. second century A.D. Greek satirist. His two major works, Dialogues of the Gods and Dialogues of the Dead, ridicule Greek philosophy and mythology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A sophist who was of Syrian origin.
  • proper n. A male given name, rare in the English-speaking world.


Latin Lucianus, either a derivative of the Roman praenomen Lucius, from lux ("light"); or from Ancient Greek Λουκιανός, of obscure meaning. (Wiktionary)



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