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  • noun a group of illustrious or talented people, especially one with seven members

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  • In the second, at the same time that the great Central Europeans were writing their masterpieces, America herself had her own great "pleiad," one which would influence the entire world and which was that of Hemingway, Faulkner and Dos Passos.

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  • I call them the "pleiad" of Central Europe's great novelists.

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  • Waterloo; one of the scenes of the foundation of the story which we are relating is connected with this battle, but this history is not our subject; this history, moreover, has been finished, and finished in a masterly manner, from one point of view by Napoleon, and from another point of view by a whole pleiad of historians. 7 7

    Les Miserables

  • A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.

    Les Miserables

  • Che represents the best of everything, that infinite pleiad of values that our country has been fortunate to have. [applause] That is why we must gather information, gather all that can be found.

    Castro Speech at Pioneer Congress Reported

  • Indeed, as befitted a movement confined to the intelli - gentsia and represented by a pleiad of outstanding intellectuals, philosophical doubt played a greater part

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • He studied, he formulated his system, he obtained the chair of metaphysics in the University of Madrid, and he founded a school, from which has since issued a brilliant pleiad of philosophers and statesmen, and of men illustrious for their learning, their eloquence, and their virtues.

    Author’s Preface to the First American Edition

  • In Gaul a pleiad of writers and theologians develops at Lérins or within the radius of that monastery's influence -- Cassian, Honoratus, Eucherius of Lyons, Vincent of Lérins, Hilary of Arles, Valerian of Cemelium,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The Renaissance produced a pleiad of distinguished poets, historians, critics, antiquaries, theologians, and moralists which made the sixteenth century a golden age.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In them Arthur dwells in Cornwall, and not as in the others at Caerleon on the Usk. In them he appears with an individual character, hunting and taking a personal part in warfare, while in the more modern tales he is only an emperor all-powerful and impassive, a truly sluggard hero, around whom a pleiad of active heroes groups itself.

    The Poetry of the Celtic Races. II.

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  • a group of illustrious or talented persons, especially one with seven members

    October 4, 2009