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[kwin-til-yuh n, -ee-uh n] /kwɪnˈtɪl yən, -i ən/
(Marcus Fabius Quintilianus) a.d. c35–c95, Roman rhetorician. Unabridged
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  • "Assuredly not, but I see your Quintilian in great danger of coming to keep company with my Pliny," answered the doctor.

    The Waif of the "Cynthia" Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
  • Quintilian tried to stay this tide, and taught that oratory should conceal itself.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • We find from Quintilian, that Varro likewise composed satires in various kinds of verse.

  • I am now busy with Quintilian and Lucan, both excellent writers.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • Our ears, however, are hardly fine enough to catch the iambic twang of which Quintilian complains.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • Poggio rescued “Quintilian” from the counter of a wood merchant.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • As a literary critic Quintilian exhibits the same sanity that characterizes his educational theory.

    A History of Roman Literature Harold North Fowler
  • The same may be said of other examples adduced, here as afterward, by Quintilian.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • Quintilian wrote: "We cannot even speak except in longs and shorts, and longs and shorts are the material of feet."

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • In all this we find that Quintilian only follows his master too closely.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for Quintilian


Latin name Marcus Fabius Quintilianus. ?35–?96 ad, Roman rhetorician and teacher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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