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[hel-vee-shuh s; French el-vey-syys]
  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 of helvetius

  • 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


  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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