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Helvétius

[hel-vee-shuh s; French el-vey-syys]
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noun
  1. Claude A·dri·en [klawd ey-dree-uh n; French klohd a-dree-ahn] /klɔd ˈeɪ dri ən; French kloʊd a driˈɑ̃/, 1715–71, French philosopher.
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Historical Examples

  • The other day "Helvetius" was found in Mr. Howell's pantry, forsooth!

    The Wolves and the Lamb

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • I agree with Helvetius, the child should be educated from its birth; but how?

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Helvetius says justly, that our errors arise from our passions.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The verses of Helvetius he believed better than any but those of Racine.

    Nineteenth Century Questions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • On another occasion I defended Helvetius' system of self-love.


British Dictionary definitions for helvetius

Helvétius

noun
  1. Claude Adrien (klod adriɛ̃). 1715–71, French philosopher. In his chief work De l'Esprit (1758), he asserted that the mainspring of human action is self-interest and that differences in human intellects are due only to differences in education
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