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Cretan

[kreet-n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the island of Crete or its inhabitants.
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Crete.
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Origin of Cretan

< Latin Crētānus. See Crete, -an
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Historical Examples

  • Of the Cretan laws, I shall leave the defence to my Cnosian friend.

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  • And our Cretan colony should, and probably will, have a character for virtue, such as few cities have.

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  • We were speaking of the syssitia, which will be a natural institution in a Cretan colony.

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  • Some of them too are derived from Crete, and are appropriately transferred to a Cretan colony.

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  • A connexion with Athens is likewise intimated by the Cretan Cleinias.

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British Dictionary definitions for cretan

Cretan

adjective
  1. of or relating to Crete or its inhabitants
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Crete
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Word Origin and History for cretan

Cretan

n.

Old English Cretense (plural), from Latin Cretanus (singular); see Crete. They were proverbial in ancient times as liars; cf. Greek kretismos "lying," literally "Cretan behavior."

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