[ hel-vee-shuhs; French el-vey-syys ]
/ hɛlˈvi ʃəs; French ɛl veɪˈsyüs /
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Claude A·dri·en [klawd ey-dree-uhn; French klohda-dree-ahn], /klɔd ˈeɪ dri ən; French kloʊd a driˈɑ̃/, 1715–71, French philosopher.
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Words nearby Helvétius
Helvellyn, Helvetia, Helvetian, Helvetic, Helvetii, Helvétius, hem, hema-, hemacytometer, hemagglutinate, hemagglutination
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How to use Helvétius in a sentence
Holbach and Helvetius were life-long friends and spent much time together reading at Helvetius's country place at Vor.
As he said to Helvetius, "Vous tes brouill avec tous ceux que vous avez oblig, mais j'ai gard tous mes amis."
He kept his promise, and then, after much entreaty, gave Helvetius a pinch of the powder—about as much as a rape-seed.
During their first conference, Helvetius had contrived to conceal a little of the powder beneath his thumb-nail.
"Helvetius would tell you that all this was self-interest," was my pale-visaged and contemplative friend's reply.
British Dictionary definitions for Helvétius
/ (hɛlˈviːʃɪəs, French ɛlvesjys) /
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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