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Augustine

[aw-guh-steen, aw-guhs-tin, uh-guhs-]
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noun
  1. Saint,a.d. 354–430, one of the Latin fathers in the early Christian Church; author; bishop of Hippo in N Africa.
  2. Saint,Austin, died a.d. 604, Roman monk: headed group of missionaries who landed in England a.d. 597 and began the conversion of the English to Christianity; first archbishop of Canterbury 601–604.
  3. a male given name, form of Augustus.
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Related formspre-Au·gus·tine, adjective
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  • Augustine, Ambrose, Gregory, and Jerome—being the favourite subjects.

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    P. H. Ditchfield

  • He was engaged to his cousin Augustine Landois, who was also employed by Quenu.

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    J. G. Patterson

  • It became so stifling that Augustine ran out of spit and was forced to lick her lips.

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    Emile Zola

  • That squint-eyed Augustine who had to look after the stoves was to eat off her knees.

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    Emile Zola

  • That squint-eyed Augustine almost burst, the joke seemed to her so funny.

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    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for augustine

Augustine

noun
  1. Saint. 354–430 ad, one of the Fathers of the Christian Church; bishop of Hippo in North Africa (396–430), who profoundly influenced both Catholic and Protestant theology. His most famous works are Confessions, a spiritual autobiography, and De Civitate Dei, a vindication of the Christian Church. Feast day: Aug 28
  2. Saint. died 604 ad, Roman monk, sent to Britain (597 ad) to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity and to establish the authority of the Roman See over the native Celtic Church; became the first archbishop of Canterbury (601–604). Feast day: May 26 or 27
  3. a member of an Augustinian order
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Word Origin and History for augustine

Augustine

adj.

c.1400 in reference to members of the religious order named for St. Augustine the Great (354-430), bishop of Hippo.

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augustine in Culture

Augustine

[(aw-guh-steen, aw-gus-tin)]

An important teacher in the Christian church, who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. After a dramatic conversion to Christianity, Augustine became a bishop. He is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. His works include The City of God and his autobiography, Confessions.

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