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  1. Fran·çois de [frahn-swa duh] /frɑ̃ˈswa də/, 1555–1628, French poet and critic.
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Historical Examples

  • The two most famous of the actual pupils of Malherbe were Maynard and Racan.

    A Short History of French Literature

    George Saintsbury

  • Malherbe, as has been said, was appointed "the official poet of the Bourbon dynasty."

  • This must have been very soon after Malherbe's arrival in Paris, for Desportes died in 1606.

  • There is recorded a saying of Malherbe which is infinitely characteristic.

  • It was, and Malherbe did not live to see the victory of his ideas.

British Dictionary definitions for malherbe


  1. François de (frɑ̃swa də). 1555–1628, French poet and critic. He advocated the classical ideals of clarity and concision of meaning
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