- 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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Examples from the Web for erasmus
She gives no nods to the Humanists, like Montaigne, Francis Bacon, Erasmus, or Descartes.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Sorry Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, and Erasmus you must have been just a bad dream.Deconstructing David Brat’s ‘Scholarship’
June 12, 2014
At any of the participating universities, the ERASMUS parties are reputed to be the most multicultural and exciting."Perugia Is Not for the Weak"
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 22, 2010
Now, most educated men are for tolerance, and see as Erasmus saw.
I have also given Erasmus of Rotterdam a Passion engraved in copper.
It does not move us until we know that it is an illustration of Erasmus's Christian Knight.
We can but regret that Erasmus has not saved us something fuller than this hint.
Erasmus had asked Ægidius to assist Holbein's success in any way he could.Holbein
- 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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Word Origin and History for erasmus
masc. proper name, Latin, literally "beloved;" related to Greek erasmios "lovely, pleasant," from eran "to love" (see Eros).
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