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Cornelius

[kawr-neel-yuh s, -nee-lee-uh s; for 2, 3 also German kawr-ney-lee-oo s]
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noun
  1. Saint,died a.d. 253, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 251–253.
  2. Pe·ter von [pey-tuhr fuh n] /ˈpeɪ tər fən/, 1783–1867, German painter.
  3. a male given name: from a Roman family name.
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  • To the astonishment of Cornelius, when at last they rose to go, there were tears in her eyes.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • As little notion had his father that his son Cornelius was a black sheep.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Cornelius was a youth of good abilities, and with a few good qualities.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Cornelius, leaving his mother, took refuge with his anger in his own room.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Cornelius was in fits of laughter, which he scarcely tried to choke.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


Word Origin and History for cornelius

Cornelius

masc. proper name, from the name of a Roman gens.

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