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Cornelius

[kawr-neel-yuh s, -nee-lee-uh s; for 2, 3 also German kawr-ney-lee-oo s]
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noun
  1. Saint,died a.d. 253, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 251–253.
  2. Pe·ter von [pey-tuhr fuh n] /ˈpeɪ tər fən/, 1783–1867, German painter.
  3. a male given name: from a Roman family name.
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  • To the astonishment of Cornelius, when at last they rose to go, there were tears in her eyes.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • When she returned to the dining-room Cornelius was gone, but the rest were still at the table.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "You should have a little more sympathy with childhood, Cornelius," said his father.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Had Cornelius been sensitive, he must have felt he was omitted.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • As little notion had his father that his son Cornelius was a black sheep.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


Word Origin and History for cornelius

Cornelius

masc. proper name, from the name of a Roman gens.

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