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[an-selm] /ˈæn sɛlm/
Saint, 1033–1109, archbishop of Canterbury: scholastic theologian and philosopher.
Also, Ansel
[an-suh l, -sel] /ˈæn səl, -sɛl/ (Show IPA)
. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “divine” and “helmet.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Anselm answered him harshly that he was not obliged to do penance for his brother's sins.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • It was he who prevailed upon the Pope to canonize Archbishop Anselm.

  • Anselm was heard to run off quickly, and in a few minutes he returned.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Anselm has invited a large party, and, as you know, I cannot talk to these dear people.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • “These things lie not in human knowledge,” replied Father Anselm.

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
  • Of course, I know that is the only way to get rid of it, if Father Anselm said so.

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
  • “I shall send for Father Anselm and his monks,” the Baron went on.

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
  • Did not the Baron say that Father Anselm was to be present at the burning?

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
  • And how can there be a dragon to burn if thou art to be Father Anselm?

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
  • Cromwell was mad and a quack; Anselm, Becket, Goethe, ditto ditto.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for Anselm


Saint. 1033–1109, Italian Benedictine monk; archbishop of Canterbury (1093–1109): one of the founders of scholasticism; author of Cur Deus Homo? (Why did God become Man?). Feast day: Aug 21
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Anselm

masc. proper name, from Latin Anselmus, from Old High German Ansehelm, literally "having a divine helmet," from ansi "god" (see Asgard) + helm (see helm (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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