[loo-shuh n]


a.d. 117–c180, Greek rhetorician and satirist.
Lucian of AntiochLucian the Martyr, a.d. c240–312, theologian and Biblical critic, born at Samosata, in Syria.
a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Lucian also discovered the reason of the red clouds which we on earth often see at sunset.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • "In two days we'll be ready, Tema," said Lucian Jeter quietly.

  • "We can't see the surface of the thing at all, Lucian," said Eyer.

  • Lucian alludes to the service of these devoted women in prisons.

    Deaconesses in Europe

    Jane M. Bancroft

  • Plato makes him typical of a sophist, Schlegel of a poet, Lucian of a dancer.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

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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Word Origin and History for lucian


masc. proper name, from Latin Lucianus (cf. French Lucien), a derivative of Roman Lucius, from lux (genitive lucis) "light" (see light (n.)). The Hellenistic Greek writer (his name Latinized from Greek Loukianos) was noted as the type of a scoffing wit.

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