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[ri-nan; French ruh-nahn] /rɪˈnæn; French rəˈnɑ̃/
[ur-nist;; French er-nest] /ˈɜr nɪst;; French ɛrˈnɛst/ (Show IPA),
1823–92, French philologist, historian, and critic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • He was always the theologian—toujours sminariste, as they said of Renan.

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

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Like Renan, the artist in him abhors "the horrible mania of certitude."


    James Huneker
  • Nevertheless he has not one appreciative word to say for Renan.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • This is the chief difference between his culture and Renan's.

    Anatole France Georg Morris Cohen Brandes
  • Renan considers this the most faulty book of the New Testament.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
British Dictionary definitions for Renan


/French ranɑ̃/
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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