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  1. Saint,1033–1109, archbishop of Canterbury: scholastic theologian and philosopher.
  2. Also An·sel [an-suh l, -sel] /ˈæn səl, -sɛl/. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “divine” and “helmet.”
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Historical Examples of anselm

  • Anselm answered him harshly that he was not obliged to do penance for his brother's sins.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • It was he who prevailed upon the Pope to canonize Archbishop Anselm.

  • Anselm was heard to run off quickly, and in a few minutes he returned.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Anselm has invited a large party, and, as you know, I cannot talk to these dear people.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • “These things lie not in human knowledge,” replied Father Anselm.

British Dictionary definitions for anselm


  1. Saint. 1033–1109, Italian Benedictine monk; archbishop of Canterbury (1093–1109): one of the founders of scholasticism; author of Cur Deus Homo? (Why did God become Man?). Feast day: Aug 21
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Word Origin and History for anselm


masc. proper name, from Latin Anselmus, from Old High German Ansehelm, literally "having a divine helmet," from ansi "god" (see Asgard) + helm (see helm (n.2)).

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