Darius I

[duh-rahy-uh s]

Darius II

noun
  1. Ochus, died 404 b.c., king of Persia 424–404 (son of Artaxerxes I).

Darius III

noun
  1. Codomannus, died 330 b.c., king of Persia 336–330.
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  • They formed the name of Darheush the King, whom we call Darius.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Yes, and a night at Darius Holt's hotel, which would have been a heap worse.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • There were some who, like Darius Holt, announced that they did not blame the young yellow.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Observe, that Darius was not the son of a king, and had not received a luxurious education.

    Laws

    Plato

  • "That looks like the Baptist minister's buggy," says Darius.

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    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for darius

Darius I

noun
  1. known as Darius the Great, surname Hystaspis. ?550–486 bc, king of Persia (521–486), who extended the Persian empire and crushed the revolt of the Ionian city states (500). He led two expeditions against Greece but was defeated at Marathon (490)

Darius III

noun
  1. died 330 bc, last Achaemenid king of Persia (336–330), who was defeated by Alexander the Great
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Word Origin and History for darius

Darius

name of three Persian rulers, notably Darius the Great, Persian emperor 521-485 B.C.E., from Greek Darius, from Old Persian Darayavaus, probably literally "he who holds firm the good," from PIE root *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support" (see firm (adj.)).

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