Des·i·de·ri·us [des-i-deer-ee-uh s] /ˌdɛs ɪˈdɪər i əs/, 1466?–1536, Dutch humanist, scholar, theologian, and writer.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “beloved.”
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Desiderius (ˌdɛzɪˈdɪərɪəs), real name Gerhard Gerhards. ?1466–1536, Dutch humanist, the leading scholar of the Renaissance in northern Europe. He published the first Greek edition of the New Testament in 1516; his other works include the satirical Encomium Moriae (1509); Colloquia (1519), a series of dialogues; and an attack on the theology of Luther, De Libero Arbitrio (1524)
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masc. proper name, Latin, literally "beloved;" related to Greek erasmios "lovely, pleasant," from eran "to love" (see Eros).
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