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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Emperor of Rome (69–79) who brought prosperity to the empire, reformed the army, was a patron of the arts, and began the building of the Colosseum.

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  • proper noun rare A surname.

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  • noun Emperor of Rome and founder of the Flavian dynasty who consolidated Roman rule in Germany and Britain and reformed the army and brought prosperity to the empire; began the construction of the Colosseum (9-79)

Etymologies

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From Latin Vespasianus, apparently from Vespasiae, a town near Nursia in Samnium.

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