- a male given name: from an Old French word meaning “Frenchman.”
- 1494–1547, king of France 1515–47.
- 1768–1835, first emperor of Austria 1804–35; as Francis II, last emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1792–1806.
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In reality,” Francis said, “theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity.
But the greatest sin of all for Francis is perhaps that of careerism, chiding those who honor people rather than God.
Francis is well into his seventies, looks it, has a mild demeanor and soft speaking style; but his rhetoric is electrifying.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Certainly, when it comes to the theological community, Francis is in the minority.Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets
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Few here, I suppose, now personally remember Francis Lieber.'Tis Sixty Years Since
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I have the honour to be Your obedient servant, Francis Marion.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
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Of these one of the first and most illustrious was Francis Xavier.Self-Help
Francis Turl should remain, and should play to win the happiness for himself.
"And Francis Turl is almost a stranger to me," she answered.
- Dick, full name Richard Stanley Francis . 1920–2010, British thriller writer, formerly a champion jockey. His books include Dead Cert (1962), The Edge (1988), and Come to Grief (1995)
- Sir Philip . 1740–1818, British politician; probable author of the Letters of Junius (1769–72). He played an important part in the impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788–95)
- 1494–1547, king of France (1515–47). His reign was dominated by his rivalry with Emperor Charles V for the control of Italy. He was a noted patron of the arts and learning
- 1708–65, duke of Lorraine (1729–37), grand duke of Tuscany (1737–65), and Holy Roman Emperor (1745–65). His marriage (1736) to Maria Theresa led to the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48)
- title as emperor of Austria of Francis II
- 1544–60, king of France (1559–60); son of Henry II and Catherine de' Medici; first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots
- 1768–1835, last Holy Roman Emperor (1792–1806) and, as Francis I, first emperor of Austria (1804–35). The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved (1806) following his defeat by Napoleon at Austerlitz
Word Origin and History for francis
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