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  1. (Bernd) Hein·rich (Wil·helm) von [bernt hahyn-rikh vil-helm fuh n] /bɛrnt ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈvɪl hɛlm fən/, 1777–1811, German poet, dramatist, and story writer.
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Related formsKleist·i·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of kleist

  • The Reich is defenceless, at the feet of Kleist and his 6,000.

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • But tell me, though, why did Kleist of Protzen take his discharge?'

  • All poets feel deeply the words of Kleist, “Life is a journey.”

    Old Tavern Signs

    Fritz August Gottfried Endell

  • General Kleist commands, and has no less an army than 170,000.

  • The latter is also the case with Kleist in the “Prinz von Homburg.”

British Dictionary definitions for kleist


  1. (Bernd) Heinrich (Wilhelm) von (ˈhainrɪç fɔn). 1777–1811, German dramatist, poet, and short-story writer. His plays include The Broken Pitcher (1808), Penthesilea (1808), and The Prince of Homburg (published 1821)
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