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Erasmus

[ih-raz-muh s]
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noun
  1. Des·i·de·ri·us [des-i-deer-ee-uh s] /ˌdɛs ɪˈdɪər i əs/, 1466?–1536, Dutch humanist, scholar, theologian, and writer.
  2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “beloved.”
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Erasmus

noun
  1. Desiderius (ˌdɛzɪˈdɪərɪəs), real name Gerhard Gerhards. ?1466–1536, Dutch humanist, the leading scholar of the Renaissance in northern Europe. He published the first Greek edition of the New Testament in 1516; his other works include the satirical Encomium Moriae (1509); Colloquia (1519), a series of dialogues; and an attack on the theology of Luther, De Libero Arbitrio (1524)
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Word Origin and History for desiderius erasmus

Erasmus

masc. proper name, Latin, literally "beloved;" related to Greek erasmios "lovely, pleasant," from eran "to love" (see Eros).

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