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  1. 444?–365? b.c., Greek philosopher: founder of the Cynic school.
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Examples from the Web for antisthenes

Historical Examples

  • It was Antisthenes who founded this school, or rather this order.

    Initiation into Philosophy

    Emile Faguet

  • From Antisthenes came the Cynics; from Aristippus the philosophers of pleasure.

  • I am afraid your wealth and his (Antisthenes') combined may overpower me.

  • But how is it that you alone, Antisthenes, you misanthrope, love nobody?

  • Antisthenes replied: How absolutely true to your own character, arch go-between!

British Dictionary definitions for antisthenes


  1. ?445–365 bc, Greek philosopher, founder of the Cynic school, who taught that the only good was virtue, won by self-control and independence from worldly needs
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