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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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  • Now, most educated men are for tolerance, and see as Erasmus saw.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • I have also given Erasmus of Rotterdam a Passion engraved in copper.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • It does not move us until we know that it is an illustration of Erasmus's Christian Knight.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • We can but regret that Erasmus has not saved us something fuller than this hint.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Erasmus had asked Ægidius to assist Holbein's success in any way he could.

    Holbein

    Beatrice Fortescue


British Dictionary definitions for erasmus

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 erasmus

Erasmus

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

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