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[loo-shuh n] /ˈlu ʃən/
a.d. 117–c180, Greek rhetorician and satirist.
("Lucian of Antioch"; "Lucian the Martyr") a.d. c240–312, theologian and Biblical critic, born at Samosata, in Syria.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • Lucian also discovered the reason of the red clouds which we on earth often see at sunset.


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  • "In two days we'll be ready, Tema," said Lucian Jeter quietly.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • "We can't see the surface of the thing at all, Lucian," said Eyer.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Lucian alludes to the service of these devoted women in prisons.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Plato makes him typical of a sophist, Schlegel of a poet, Lucian of a dancer.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • But I will translate the passage from Lucian to you at length—it is in every way profitable.

British Dictionary definitions for Lucian


2nd century ad, Greek writer, noted esp for his satirical Dialogues of the Gods and Dialogues of the Dead
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Word Origin and History for Lucian

masc. proper name, from Latin Lucianus (cf. French Lucien), a derivative of Roman Lucius, from lux (genitive lucis) "light" (see light (n.)). The Hellenistic Greek writer (his name Latinized from Greek Loukianos) was noted as the type of a scoffing wit.

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