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Montezuma II

  1. c1470–1520, last Aztec emperor of Mexico 1502–20.
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Also Moctezuma.

Origin of Montezuma II

< Spanish < Nahuatl Motēuczōmah, Motēcuhzōmah, equivalent to mo- reflexive pronunciation + tēuc(tli) lord, nobleman + zōmah frowned in anger, i.e., the one who became angry like a nobleman
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Historical Examples of montezuma

  • Welcome, excellency, to this ancient capital of the empire of Montezuma.

    Latin America and the United States

    Elihu Root

  • At Cempoalla, for instance, he met the tax-gatherers of Montezuma.

  • Montezuma was in a pitiable state of superstitious indecision.

  • It was really Montezuma's life and liberty or Cortes' life and liberty.

  • It was alleged that this was done by the orders of Montezuma.

British Dictionary definitions for montezuma

Montezuma II

  1. 1466–1520, Aztec emperor of Mexico (?1502–20). He was overthrown and killed by the Spanish conquistador Cortés
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montezuma in Culture



An Aztec emperor of the sixteenth century. He was overthrown by the Spanish conquistadores under Hernando Cortés.

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