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Wenceslaus

or Wenceslas

[wen-sis-laws] /ˈwɛn sɪsˌlɔs/
noun
1.
1361–1419, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1378–1400; as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia 1378–1419.
2.
Saint ("Good King Wenceslaus") a.d. 903?–c935, duke of Bohemia 928–935.
German Wenzel.
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  • wenceslas had meanwhile attempted to redeem his promise to Hus.

  • It was published by wenceslas Hanka in 1824, and was greatly admired.

  • And there could be no doubt of its authenticity, coming as it did from a tool of wenceslas himself.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Then I will send these bills, or such part as we deem wise, to wenceslas.

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  • Could it be that wenceslas had fastened upon him the stigma of his own crime?

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  • Of course, that meant leaving them to his assistant, wenceslas.

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  • What that claim might accomplish if laid before wenceslas, he shuddered to think.

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  • He had not seen the Bishop nor wenceslas since the interview of the preceding day.

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  • It is not the Church, Rosendo, but wenceslas who is persecuting me.

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British Dictionary definitions for wenceslas

Wenceslaus

/ˈwɛnsɪsləs/
noun
1.
1361–1419, Holy Roman Emperor (1378–1400) and, as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia (1378–1419)
2.
Saint, known as Good King Wenceslaus. ?907–929, duke of Bohemia (?925–29); patron saint of Bohemia. Feast day: Sept 28
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Word Origin and History for wenceslas

Wenceslas

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Venceslaus (modern Czech Vaclav), from Old Czech Veceslavu, literally "having greater glory," from Slavic *vetye- "greater" + *-slavu "fame, glory," from PIE *klou-, from root *kle- "to hear" (see listen).

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