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Francis Xavier



[zey-vee-er, zav-ee-, zey-vyer] /ˈzeɪ vi ər, ˈzæv i-, ˈzeɪ vyər/
Saint Francis (Francisco Javier"the Apostle of the Indies") 1506–52, Spanish Jesuit missionary, especially in India and Japan.
a male given name: from an Arabic word meaning “bright.”.
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[zey-veer-ee-uh n, za-] /zeɪˈvɪər i ən, zæ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Of these one of the first and most illustrious was Francis Xavier.

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  • He there made up his mind to become a Christian and a missionary like Francis Xavier.

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  • Most conspicuous among them was Francis Xavier, who will ever be the wonder of history.

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  • As the spring ripened into summer, ambitious thoughts flowered in Père Francis Xavier's soul.

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  • The latter, however, falling ill—so it is affirmed—Francis Xavier was appointed in his place.

  • But at this initial point of his course we must take leave of Francis Xavier—the prince of missionaries.

  • It was part of Francis Xavier Glynns plan to have the hotel boys report hourly on any unusual happening.

British Dictionary definitions for Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

Saint Francis Xavier, See Xavier


/ˈzeɪvɪə; ˈzæv-; Spanish xaˈβjɛr/
Saint Francis, known as the Apostle of the Indies. 1506–52, Spanish missionary, who was a founding member of the Jesuit society (1534) and later preached in Goa, Ceylon, the East Indies, and Japan. Feast day: Dec 3
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