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[ri-nan; French ruh-nahn]
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  1. Er·nest [ur-nist; French er-nest] /ˈɜr nɪst; French ɛrˈnɛst/, 1823–92, French philologist, historian, and critic.
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Examples from the Web for renan

Historical Examples

  • Renan says that he may have been a Sebennyite, and his name Sebent.

    The Expositor's Bible

    F. W. Farrar

  • Renan describes it with peculiar clearness and succinctness.

  • Even Renan is sure that "man is most religious in his best moments."

    The Meaning of Faith

    Harry Emerson Fosdick

  • His addresses at the tombs of Zola and Renan are matters of history.


    James Huneker

  • At times we overhear the honeyed accents, the silky tones of Renan.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for renan


  1. (Joseph) Ernest (ernest). 1823–92, French philosopher, theologian, and historian; best known for his Life of Jesus (1863), which discounted the supernatural aspects of the Gospels
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