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[mon-tuh-skyoo; French mawn-tes-kyœ]
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  1. Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, 1689–1755, French philosophical writer.
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  1. Baron de la Brède et de (barɔ̃ də la brɛd e də), title of Charles Louis de Secondat. 1689–1755, French political philosopher. His chief works are the satirical Lettres persanes (1721) and L'Esprit des lois (1748), a comparative analysis of various forms of government, which had a profound influence on political thought in Europe and the US
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