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[moh-puh-sahnt; French moh-pa-sahn]
  1. (Hen·ri Re·né Al·bert) Guy de [ahn-ree ruh-ney al-ber gee duh] /ɑ̃ˈri rəˈneɪ alˈbɛr gi də/, 1850–93, French short-story writer and novelist.
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Historical Examples of maupassant

  • He says that some of the contes printed every day in the Journal are worthy of Maupassant.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Maupassant could draw gentlemen and ladies, but he often did not do so.

  • Maupassant does not caricature us (at least our men) very extravagantly.

  • As always with Maupassant, it is out of the bitter that comes the sweet.

  • So, again, in reference to the apologies for Maupassant's pessimism.

British Dictionary definitions for maupassant


  1. (Henri René Albert) Guy de (ɡi də). 1850–93, French writer, noted esp for his short stories, such as Boule de suif (1880), La Maison Tellier (1881), and Mademoiselle Fifi (1883). His novels include Bel Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888)
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