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[teyn; French ten]
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  1. Hip·po·lyte A·dolphe [ee-paw-leet a-dawlf] /i pɔˈlit aˈdɔlf/, 1828–93, French literary critic and historian.
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Historical Examples

  • We turn, like loyal disciples of Taine and Sainte-Beuve, to his ancestral stock.

    The American Mind

    Bliss Perry

  • Taine excelled in praise of her intellectual vigour and productivity.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • It has been reduced to an absurdity by the abuse Taine made of it.

  • He saw Taine received, still screaming, and carried into the lock.

    The Aliens

    Murray Leinster

  • Taine was arrogant and suspicious and intolerant even on the Niccola.

    The Aliens

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for taine


  1. Hippolyte Adolphe (ipɔlit adɔlf). 1828–93, French literary critic and historian. He applied determinist criteria to the study of literature, art, history, and psychology, regarding them as products of environment and race. His works include Histoire de la littérature anglaise (1863–64) and Les Origines de la France contemporaine (1875–93)
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