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[krom-wuh l, -wel; for 1–3 also kruhm-] /ˈkrɒm wəl, -wɛl; for 1–3 also ˈkrʌm-/
Oliver, 1599–1658, English general, Puritan statesman, and Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1653–58.
his son, Richard, 1626–1712, English soldier, politician, Lord Protector of England 1658–59.
Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?–1540, English statesman.
a town in central Connecticut. Unabridged
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  • Cromwell he dared not mention—perhaps he did not wish to mention him.


    James Anthony Froude
  • It might have been a church, and the militia a regiment of Cromwell's iconoclastic Puritans.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • It was that of the chamber wherein he had been brought before Cromwell.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • It is the Northern University, first projected in Cromwell's time.

  • Cromwell demolished this castle after it fell into his hands.

  • It hurts Mr. Canning's Government at home, the curse of Cromwell on him and them.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • "The curse—the curse of Cromwell on you," he sobbed suddenly.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for Cromwell


/ˈkrɒmwəl; -wɛl/
Oliver. 1599–1658, English general and statesman. A convinced Puritan, he was an effective leader of the parliamentary army in the Civil War. After the execution of Charles I he quelled the Royalists in Scotland and Ireland, and became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth (1653–58)
his son, Richard. 1626–1712, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth (1658–59)
Thomas,Earl of Essex. ?1485–1540, English statesman. He was secretary to Cardinal Wolsey (1514), after whose fall he became chief adviser to Henry VIII. He drafted most of the Reformation legislation, securing its passage through parliament, the power of which he thereby greatly enhanced. He was executed after losing Henry's favour
Derived Forms
Cromwellian (krɒmˈwɛlɪən) adjective, noun
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