a.d. 117–c180, Greek rhetorician and satirist.
"Lucian of Antioch"; "Lucian the Martyr", a.d. c240–312, theologian and Biblical critic, born at Samosata, in Syria.
a male given name.
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How to use Lucian in a sentence
The central focus is a single photograph of British painter Lucian Freud.
The great painter Lucian Freud, dead at 88, took on the clichés of British art by magnifying them.
Lucian Freud, who died Thursday in London at the age of 88, was the most artist-like of artists.
Perhaps that is what Lucian Freud meant when he said, “I want paint to work as flesh.”
Lucian attaches an intelligible meaning to these flippant expletives, and represents Socrates as justifying their use.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Lucian severely criticises the historians whose writings are like those of the poets.Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance | Donald Lemen Clark
No wonder that he found Homer difficult and skipped over Lucian's long words.The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
He studied at the university of Jena, and in 1714 published a work on the Philopatris ascribed to Lucian.
In one of his Dialogues, Lucian makes the wife of Eukrates return for the slipper which they had forgotten to burn.Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth | Frank Sidgwick
British Dictionary definitions for Lucian
2nd century ad, Greek writer, noted esp for his satirical Dialogues of the Gods and Dialogues of the Dead
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