247–183 b.c., Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps and invaded Italy (son of Hamilcar Barca).
a port in NE Missouri, on the Mississippi: Mark Twain's boyhood home.
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How to use Hannibal in a sentence
“It was like Hannibal crossing the Alps to get it done,” Rohr said.Devastated by a tornado 10 years ago, Joplin, Mo., offers lessons in what comes next | Todd Frankel | December 19, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s something he learned a long time ago, and he relates it to the way he played Hannibal, a “monster” masquerading as a dignified gentleman — as the opposite of what the audience expects.Anthony Hopkins is welcoming old age by embracing his inner child | Tim Greiving | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
The New York Times ran a piece asking: “Has Hannibal Buress Changed the Way We Look at Bill Cosby?”How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account | Scott Porch | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now when you Google “Bill Cosby,” you also come across Hannibal Buress, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and maybe others.
To paraphrase the renegade philosopher Hannibal, I love it when science comes together.Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years | Matthew R. Francis | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With such material, Hannibal Lecter might as well do the audio version.
There are two conflicting understandings of where Hannibal is left.Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’s’ Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale and the Future of Will Graham | Marlow Stern | May 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In honor of his great bravery and extremely difficult marching, Clark was entitled the "Hannibal of the West."Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Hannibal afterwards brought them from Africa, made them pass the Alps, and led them almost to the gates of Rome.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Can't find no corner nowhere, not to shove 394 the poor Hannibal in, sir.
The capture of Rome by Hannibal could not have failed to have entirely altered the whole future course of history.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States | James Hamilton Lewis
Fabius Cunctator, or the Delayer, so called from the policy of delay which he opposed to the vigorous movements of Hannibal.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for Hannibal
247–182 bc, Carthaginian general; son of Hamilcar Barca. He commanded the Carthaginian army in the Second Punic War (218–201). After capturing Sagunto in Spain, he invaded Italy (218), crossing the Alps with an army of about 40 000 men and defeating the Romans at Trasimene (217) and Cannae (216). In 203 he was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated by Scipio at Zama (202). He was later forced into exile and committed suicide to avoid capture
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Cultural definitions for Hannibal
A general from the ancient city of Carthage. During the second of the Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome, Hannibal took an army of more than 100,000, supported by elephants, from Spain into Italy in an effort to conquer Rome. The army had to cross the Alps, and this troop movement is still regarded as one of the greatest in history. Hannibal won several victories on this campaign but was not able to take Rome.
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