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  • adj. Of or pertaining to François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778; pen name "Voltaire"), French writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit and defence of civil liberties.


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Voltaire +‎ -an


  • The main courses were listed in Voltairean mode as "Chateaubriant Auto-da-Fe," "Bombe au Saint Pere", and "Coq be bois pout encourager les autres" sic.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • Holmes makes a convincing case for the Voltairean smile being all of a piece with the memorable bon mots we associate with this powerful and again pointedly unpious preacher of tolerance.

    David Tereshchuk: French Claim for Origins of Investigative Journalism

  • Indeed, it is a wonderfully weird mixture of Voltairean attitudes to religion and Protestant political liberalism; but the Baroque music is worth performing.

    Edinburgh's Rich Performance

  • No one took any notice of him, this tall, emaciated old man with his Voltairean face and his fluffy white hair singing hymns as he bounded along.


  • Intellectuals dearly love to repeat the pseudo-Voltairean boast I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it, except that they are far more interested in drawing attention to their disapproval than subordinating it to the defense of intellectual freedom.

    The rich diversity of opinion from A to B

  • Be capable and Voltairean, discreet of form and substance, tell it like it is, don't gloss over in silent splendor.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The emotional colouring of anti-religious polemic is still rather Voltairean – certainly part of the tribal memory of a courageous and persecuted minority.

    Archbishop's lecture - Religious Hatred and Religious Offence

  • In the meantime I recommend catching up on routine bike maintenance, spending time with friends and family, and generally tending to your garden in the Voltairean sense.

    This Just In: It's Snobbatical Time!

  • But in the best Voltairean spirit, I will fight and defend the right of Muslim women to wear what they want to wear.

    Beyond The Veil

  • The Voltairean principles of the strictest political moderation and of literary common sense, negative, merely emancipatory, found their political outcome, as French historians early pointed out, in the Constituent Assembly, which was the creation of the upper and middle class, while the spirit of



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