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[ep-ik-tee-tuh s] /ˌɛp ɪkˈti təs/
a.d. c60–c120, Greek Stoic philosopher and teacher, mainly in Rome.
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[ep-ik-tee-shuh n] /ˌɛp ɪkˈti ʃən/ (Show IPA),
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  • A few days before he burned his peddling-box, he had read Epictetus.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Many of them have revived, in their own person, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.

    Thais Anatole France
  • Epictetus, one of the ablest of the Stoic philosophers, was a slave.

  • Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca are the masters of this school.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • He takes Epictetus as the representative of the one; Montaigne as the representative of the other.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • It is the Epictetus who smiles when the last vestige of physical welfare is removed.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • It is better for the temper than a chapter of Seneca or Epictetus.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • And that one should consider the sidereal system and the maxims of Epictetus and be comforted.

  • Epictetus declared with an oath that he should be glad to see one.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey
British Dictionary definitions for Epictetus


?50–?120 ad, Greek Stoic philosopher, who stressed self-renunciation and the brotherhood of man
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